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My Mom Heroes Are All Around Me!

Learning from Moms I Admire

When BlogFrog asked me if I wanted to write about mom heroes and even suggested that I look in the mirror, I definitely wanted to write about mom heroes because they are all around me but I don’t necessarily see one when I am in front of the mirror. It always resonated with me that when people irritate me, it’s because they have a personality characteristic that I don’t like in myself. I thought I’d spin this the other way and focus on moms that have personality traits that I wish I had that serve as role models for me in moments of stress!

Calm and Collected

My mom friend Melora is someone I channel with I am about to lose it with my kids. Even though she has six (!) kids, she is the epitome of grace under fire. What I find most amazing about her is her ability to stay above mom politics. I also turn to her for advice on politically sticky situations like when we both had daughters in a disastrous K/1st class (which is one of the reasons why I started this blog). I would often vent my frustration to her over the “subs for subs” teacher situation in the classroom. My yoga friend tells me to take deep breaths in a moment of stress. I do that and then I  channel Melora and ask myself what would she do. Strangely, this helps!

Truly Listens 

I have this post that is really popular called How to Really Love a Child. It’s a poem by someone named SARK. The message is about living in the present and truly listening to your child. My mom friend Carol does this beautifully without fanfare or need for recognition. She deeply understands her children because she notices little details about their lives and truly listens to what they say. Carol inspires me to listen a little more carefully, look a little more closely, and realize that these are the best of times of my children’s childhood and not to miss them.

My Miss Manners Personal Coach

You may not realize two things about me:  1) I was raised by wolves (at least that is what my husband thinks with regard to my manners), and 2) Capability:Mom is my personal Emily Post. From hand written note etiquette (how much time do I have?) to appropriate gift selection (first communion for boy?), she is my go to. She’s especially helpful when I am about to fire off an email with a dicey tone.  Not only is she the voice of reason, but she can spin any message into a positive one and yet still get the desired results. She’s Miss Manners for the new millennium.

St. Therese

I don’t know Gretchen Rubin personally but I feel like I do after reading her book, The Happiness Project. It was about her year spent trying to define and increase her level of happiness. She talked a lot about St. Therese who was new to me.  A nun lived a short life, St. Therese was canonized for being able to overcome petty behavior. I can appreciate that because it IS really difficult to take the high road. The story that nailed her achievement was about this nun at her abbey that was really annoying. After Therese’s death, this nun said that she can feel good about Therese’s death because it was SHE who brought so much happiness to her. The exasperated head nun told her that YOU were the annoyance that Therese overcame! Ouch!

To love one’s enemy. So easy to say yet so difficult to do. She definitely deserves her sainthood! I wish I could do that more and St. Therese reminds me to make that attempt.

Looking Into the Mirror 

Sometimes it is  difficult to acknowledge our own achievements and to pooh pooh our work as parents. It’s unpaid, after all. And selfless to boot. When I look into the mirror, I don’t see myself as a Mom Hero. But, maybe we all have to find the hero inside of us and give ourselves credit where credit is due.

I will acknowledge that I have worked hard to get my kids to develop both a love for reading. It’s my gift to them and I blog in hopes of  helping reluctant readers out there to find joy in books. To the moms out there, you are a hero too! Can you please share a story of a mom hero that inspires you AND look into the mirror and acknowledge one thing about yourself that is heroic? If you leave your story as a comment, you can also win $2,500.

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Perhaps you know a heroic mom or see one when you look in the mirror. Share your story and be entered for a chance to win $2,500 cash from Allstate. Plus four runner-ups will receive a $100 Visa Gift Card. *The five finalists will be chosen from the Entries receiving the most votes.  

One of the most important things any mom can do is purchase life insurance. Allstate has been helping to protect families’ futures with a range of life insurance products for over 50 years. To get a quote visit allstate.com/life.

 

Disclosure: This is post is Sponsored by Allstate. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own. Official Contest Rules

 

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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