“I’m not like a regular mom, I’m a cool mom!” – Mrs. George
We all know this famous line from the movie Mean Girls. I think every Mother out there wants their child to believe that they are the coolest person in the world. In one of my earlier blogs titled, ‘Mootherhood,’ I talked about what the Bible says about being a Godly, loving Mother. Today, I am going to share my insight about what I think it means to maintain a “cool mom” status from your children. Granted, I only have one child of my own who is very young, but she laughs at everything I do and say. so, it is safe to say that I am considered ‘cool’ through the eyes of my 7 month old. I also watch my nephew and nieces everyday who tell me that I am an ‘awesome auntie’! So, the best advice to make lasting memories and help maintain your cool mom status, is simply this:
Help your children find the wonder in the everyday, ordinary life.
Show them the carefree feeling of dancing in the kitchen to a Michael Jackson song. Bring them into a life of imagination by letting them play with your heels and clothes. Show them how to enjoy a particular pleasure by letting them eat junk food for breakfast every once in awhile. Bring hope by stopping to pick up that dandelion on the sidewalk and make a wish together. (Ava and I wished we would go to Disney World soon.) Bring creativity by letting them cut apart and color a large box into a castle or a playhouse. Show adventure by climbing a tree with them. Show love by baking cookies together for a new neighbor. Show compassion by making get well cards together with feathers and glitter. Show excitement by jumping up and down with them. Show laughter by rolling around on the floor with them. Show bravery by conquering a fear together. My niece, Abby made me hold a snake once. Snakes are definitely a great fear of mine.
If you show your kids the wonder in the smallest of things, the remarkable, phenomenal things in life will speak for themselves in the most unimaginable way.
Being a ‘cool mom’ doesn’t mean you refrain from discipline or correction. It just means you do so out of love and communicate the reason why you are doing it. Even though my baby is so young, when I watch my nieces and nephew, occasionally there are times where I do have to correct them. Even when you don’t see immediate results, communicating with purpose and love will help them understand that you want the best for them and helping your children to become the best they can possibly be is what being a ‘cool mom’ is all about!
How do you find wonder in your own life or with your family? I’d love to hear from you.
Thank you so much for reading.