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7 Questions to Ask Yourself this Mother’s Day*

1386612_mom_and_kidIt’s lovely when your kids present you with homemade cards and breakfast in bed on Mother’s day.  But before you clean up the mess they made in the kitchen, take some time away from the kids and the clutter. Take a bath, go for a walk, or relax in a comfortable chair with a cup of tea, and allow yourself to reflect on this life-altering adventure of being a mom.

The days can so easily blend one into the next.  We seldom take a good look at where we’ve been and where we’re going.  Here are some questions to ask yourself during a peaceful time away from the rest of the family.

  1. What do I enjoy most about being a mom?  Can you remember a time with the kids when everyone was having a good time, and you felt content and competent?  How did you feel in your heart then? How can you get that feeling more often?
  1. What do I want my kids to remember about their childhood?  Maybe it’s the times you laugh together, the games you play, or the bedtime prayers you say together.  It could be the spontaneous events or your family rituals.  How can you make sure to have these moments as your children grow older?
  1. What do my kids really need from me in this stage of their lives?  Do you need to listen more and talk less? Be more available? Relax some rules?  Spend more time one-on –one? What worked in one stage may need to be adjusted for the next.  What are your children’s evolving needs?
  1. Am I taking good care of myself?  Mothers are very good at avoiding this question.  After you’ve met the needs of your kids, partner, home, work, and other commitments, there is little time and energy left for yourself.  But it’s important to make the time to do something just for you.  When you take care of yourself, you have more time to give to others.
  1. Am I satisfied with the balance of my family, work and personal time? The perfect balance isn’t equal time-it’s a sense that you are living according to your priorities.  This, too, changes over time.  Like a see-saw it is always in motion but shouldn’t crash down to one side or the other.
  1. Which friends would I like to spend more time with?  What new people would I like to get to know? Take time to invest in relationships outside your immediate family and in your community.
  1. What else is my heart saying to me? Can you see all the things you doing right as a mother? Are you recognizing how much your kids love you? Are you able to take a step back and realize how wonderful it is to be a mom?

Consider sharing your reflections with your husband or a close friend.  Or write them down in a journal so you can come back to them later.  The process of reflection renews and restores us-something most moms really need.

Me and My Mom

Hope for the best,

Tish

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7 Questions to Ask Yourself this Mother’s Day

1386612_mom_and_kidIt’s lovely when your kids present you with homemade cards and breakfast in bed on Mother’s day.  But before you clean up the mess they made in the kitchen, take some time away from the kids and the clutter. Take a bath, go for a walk, or relax in a comfortable chair with a cup of tea, and allow yourself to reflect on this life-altering adventure of being a mom.

The days can so easily blend one into the next.  We seldom take a good look at where we’ve been and where we’re going.  Here are some questions to ask yourself during a peaceful time away from the rest of the family.

  1. What do I enjoy most about being a mom?  Can you remember a time with the kids when everyone was having a good time, and you felt content and competent?  How did you feel in your heart then? How can you get that feeling more often?
  1. What do I want my kids to remember about their childhood?  Maybe it’s the times you laugh together, the games you play, or the bedtime prayers you say together.  It could be the spontaneous events or your family rituals.  How can you make sure to have these moments as your children grow older?
  1. What do my kids really need from me in this stage of their lives?  Do you need to listen more and talk less? Be more available? Relax some rules?  Spend more time one-on –one? What worked in one stage may need to be adjusted for the next.  What are your children’s evolving needs?
  1. Am I taking good care of myself?  Mothers are very good at avoiding this question.  After you’ve met the needs of your kids, partner, home, work, and other commitments, there is little time and energy left for yourself.  But it’s important to make the time to do something just for you.  When you take care of yourself, you have more time to give to others.
  1. Am I satisfied with the balance of my family, work and personal time? The perfect balance isn’t equal time-it’s a sense that you are living according to your priorities.  This, too, changes over time.  Like a see-saw it is always in motion but shouldn’t crash down to one side or the other.
  1. Which friends would I like to spend more time with?  What new people would I like to get to know? Take time to invest in relationships outside your immediate family and in your community.
  1. What else is my heart saying to me? Can you see all the things you doing right as a mother? Are you recognizing how much your kids love you? Are you able to take a step back and realize how wonderful it is to be a mom?

Consider sharing your reflections with your husband or a close friend.  Or write them down in a journal so you can come back to them later.  The process of reflection renews and restores us-something most moms really need.

Me and My Mom

Hope for the best,

Tish

Garden-O-Rama

About seven Mother’s Days ago, my sweet co-parent asked me how I wanted to celebrate the day…Go out? Barbecue? Do something fun?
Anything? When he nodded, I pounced on the opportunity… I want help in the garden!
Voila! Garden-O-Rama debuted and we have re-enacted it every Mother’s Day since.

I am one of those girls who would love to have an English garden or a “cottage” patch or actually, any plethora of flowers show up in my backyard. Truth be told, I really want a gardener to go with the garden, the kind that show up in the English novels on their bicycles.

I love the notion of pouring over seeds and bulb catalogs, and starting little pots on my kitchen window sill but I’m only enamored by the idea, not actually doing it. Last year in a burst of horticulture creativity I planted peat pots with expensive tomato seeds in high hopes of a bountiful yield mid-July then I forgot to water them and they all died.
Don’t get me wrong, by July 1st , tomato plants will be in the ground after I buy them on sale and by September they might be ready. Till then, I will support someone else’s gardening efforts at the Farmer’s Market.
Meanwhile, I want flowers. Gorgeous, fragrant, low maintenance flowers that plant themselves, make that pick themselves out so I don’t have to figure out if I have shade or sun. Why is that such a big deal?
Can you see why I need help?
Here is how Garden-O-Rama works in case you want to try it next year or even next weekend.
First we choose the plants. I enjoy shopping at a neighborhood garden center rather than a chain store that sells plants but whatever works is fine. I like geraniums and petunias for window boxes.
In the early afternoon my available adult children show up and after a little Mother’s Day banter, we all head outside and grab shovels, rakes, clippers, and start digging, raking and trimming.
We usually provide assorted snacks and drinks and often a meal after the work is done. Some years I just want a milkshake 🙂
Loud 60’s music provides the soundtrack to energize and entertain the gardeners and in a few hours the landscape looks hopeful.
Done! Now I am on my own again for the rest of the season to weed and water so who knows how it will all turn out but Garden-O-Rama sure is a fun way to get started.


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