If you were to write out the long list of motherly duties that your day entails it would be a lengthy list indeed. But that’s the day-to-day stuff. I think it’s important to zoom out sometimes and look at the bigger picture and pinpoint some greater and more life changing duties than doing laundry and wiping noses.
As a mother you have two very important duties that I think we should all reflect on: memory maker and memory keeper.
Memory Maker: It is often times moms who set family traditions. Maybe it’s pancakes every Saturday morning, decorating the tree the day after Thanksgiving, or ending the day with a particular phrase. Whatever it may be, it’s so important to make these memories and traditions with our children. They help bind you together as a family and shape your children’s childhood.
Memory Keeper: If you were to ask your own mom about your childhood, she probably has a few stories from different times, but would be hard pressed to detail much about those years. I can hardly remember what happened yesterday with my children; I can only imagine how it will be 20-30 years from now. But as a mom, you are the keeper of your family’s story. Those memories you make should be recorded!
So, if you are looking for a New Year’s resolution or just a new habit to get into, I urge you to take on these two roles with zeal. Come up with new traditions to do with your children. Make yourself stick to it! Then either dust off their oft forgotten baby books or scrapbooks and fill them out. If you are like me and never seem to keep up with those, start a family blog. Don’t worry about readership, being clever, or having the fanciest pictures or DIY’s to show. Focus on writing down the day to day. Share how mothering makes you feel. Tell the funny little story about what your toddler did that day. You will forget these things, but when grown, your children will cherish them. Give them the gift of your family story, for you are the memory maker and keeper.