Wednesday, July 15, 2015

20 Ways Being a Mom Changes Your Perspective

I have a vivid memory of walking through a busy mall with my husband about 20 years ago. We didn't yet have children of our own, but I had plenty to say about mothers I saw back then. This day in particular, we passed a mom with a screaming toddler on her hip and a stroller full of bags. I remarked to my husband how ridiculous that was. "Why doesn't she put the kid in the stroller? That's what it's for isn't it? Carrying the kid and strolling the bags is stupid!"

Well, I am now the mom of three daughters. My oldest will be 13 next month and, suffice it to say, in the past 13 years I have worn the same shoes that mom was wearing more times than I care to count. In fact, motherhood has changed my perspective on many things, including the proper use of a stroller. 

When you become a parent . . . . .
  1. You don't come first anymore. Ever.
  2. You become hyper aware of safety hazards.
  3. You gain a new appreciation for sleep.
  4. Your perception of the time-space continuum is thrown completely out of whack because days seem to go so slowly but years go by so fast!
  5. You become intensely aware of and concerned about the bodily functions of someone other than yourself.
  6. You realize you are stronger than you ever knew you were.
  7. The word "fun" takes on a whole new definition.
  8. You realize the importance of both adhering to a schedule and just going with the flow. 
  9. You don't just drink coffee anymore. You need coffee. And wine.
  10. You stop judging other parents.
  11. You have to become the mature one in the relationship whether you want to or not.
  12. You develop a new appreciation for the sound of silence; blissful, amazing silence.
  13. A "quiet Saturday night at home" sounds fabulous rather than boring.
  14. You worry about the future more than you worry about the past.
  15. You learn the true definition of multi-tasking.
  16. Being late becomes completely acceptable.
  17. Food takes on a whole new level of necessity and frustration.
  18. You remember how to see the world through the eyes of a child.
  19. You gain a new and deep appreciation for your own parents.
  20. You realize you have the capacity to love another human being more immensely than you ever thought possible.
If you're a parent, how has it changed your perspective? What other life events have changed the way you look at things?


This post was part of the One Word Blog Linkup hosted by, Janine of Confessions of a Mommyholic, Marica of Blogitudes, and me! This week, the word prompt choices were Blessing and AbsurdIf you would like to join the linkup you can find more information HERE, sign up for weekly emails HERE, and/or join our Facebook group HERE. Every Friday, two prompts are emailed. Choose one and write a post using that word as inspiration. Linkup up any time between 6:00am EST on Wednesday-9:00pm EST on Thursdays on any of the host sites.


Janine Huldie said...

Lisa, couldn't have said it better myself and never quite realized how my life or my thinking would indeed change after having my girls, but lo and behold that is just what happened here, too.

Melanie Stella Wright said...

You said it all!! Isn't that so true?! The change happens so quickly once you have a child, you forget that it happened. I think the biggest change I realize now is that my heart is full with love I never thought possible. It's a different kind of love only being a mom can give you.

Corinne Rodrigues said...

Moms - they have my complete admiration!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Thanks, Janine!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...


Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Thanks, Corinne!

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