I don't think I realized how difficult it is to be a mom until I became a mom myself. How could I? Plus, I had a mom who made it look super easy.
My mom always found a way to balance everything, from work to household chores to cooking to having fun. She was the one who proofread my papers and tested me for social studies tests all through school. In fact, she continues to edit articles for me when I'm overworked and doubting my own powers of observation. She helped me organize parties and sleepovers. She was the "gift buyer" and could always find that one reeeeally hard-to-find gift me or my brother were requesting for holidays, or something truly unique that no one had ever seen. And to this day, when I have "news," she is the first person I want to share it with. Because, in addition to being a parent, she is my very best friend.
Some people say a parent isn't supposed to be a friend. They are to be a parent. But I needed a friend in my mom, as a kid, then sometimes as a disgruntled teen, and even today, when I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed as a full-fledged grown-up.
I hope that my own bean will confide in me the same way that I told my mom all my deepest secrets. I hope he'll love me as much as I love my mom. And I hope he will look up to me, just as I do with my mother. Because she's incredible.
And I hope she knows it.
Happy Mother's Day to my mom. And Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there who work tirelessly to be a parent, a friend, a guardian, and more!
A full-time work-from-home mom of a toddler, Jennifer Cox (our “Supermom in Training”) loves dabbling in healthy cooking, craft projects, family outings, and more, sharing with readers everything she knows about being an (almost) superhero mommy.