Have you ever wondered how to be a good mom?
Yeah, me too…
So it occurred to me that I should ask.
After all, it’s a well-known rule in the business world that you don’t develop the product you want…you develop the product that the market wants.
Knowing this, I took to the “market” to ask my 8-year old, Lorelai (Yes, I’m a Gilmore Girl) what she thinks it takes to be a great mom.
After all, we can read parenting books until our brains explode…
There are a million and one handbooks on parenting out there, but when it comes to being a good mom in practice, sometimes what we really need to do is just ask the consumers of our “product” how they feel.
Allow me to introduce Lorelai.
She is an 8-year old aspiring writer and self-taught gymnast who loves all things Doctor Who. She also happens to be my very first pancake.
This girl has taught me more about parenting than any book or article that I’ve ever read.
She is so stinkin’ brilliant, sassy as all get-out, and wise beyond her years…(wonder where she gets all of that???)
This is not her first piece of writing, she’s been doing that for years. However, this is her premiere article that’s being published online, and we’re asking you to show her some love…
Enjoy these wise words written as an open letter to moms across the world in,
HOW TO BE A GOOD MOM, By Lorelai H.
This is for all of you who are new to being moms.
I am writing this because being a mom is a hard job and you might need to be inspired along the way.
Hi. My name is Lorelai and I am 8 years old. Today I am going to share with you how to be a good mom.
I came up with these 10 tips to help you:
Tip #1: BE HONEST WITH YOUR KID OR KIDS.
If you don’t, they will learn to be a liar themselves. Don’t lie to them.
Tip #2: LET THEM BE LITTLE.
When kids have too strict
Tip #3: REMEMBER THAT YOU’LL ALWAYS HAVE TIMES WHEN YOU AND YOUR KID FIGHT…
But remember that when you do fight, the best thing to do is to stop and hug it out.
Tip #4: REMEMBER TO ALWAYS MAKE MEMORIES.
It is good to make memories because time goes by fast.
Tip #5: WHEN YOU’RE DOING THINGS WITH YOUR KIDS, DON’T BE DISTRACTED BY ANYTHING.
Just be in the moment with us. Don’t be on your phone or doing something else.
Tip #6: HAVE FAITH IN YOUR KIDS.
You have to trust that you taught them what to do and that they will do it.
Tip #7: LISTEN TO YOUR KID UNTIL THEY ARE DONE TALKING…
And look them in the eye. You like it and so do we.
Tip #8: SET LIMITS…AND VALUABLE ONES.
If you don’t, people won’t want to be around them.
Tip #9: IF THEY TELL YOU SOMETHING AND THEY WANT YOU TO KEEP IT A SECRET, THEN DO IT.
Just because we’re little doesn’t mean we don’t like our secrets kept.
Tip #10: MOST OF ALL, SAY LOVE YOU MORE.
Tell them you love them to the moon and back every day!
That is my best advice to all women on how to be a good mom
Simple. Smart. Direct.
I don’t think I can add anything to her words. Her advice is not complicated.
And the best part is that it comes directly from a current consumer of parenting.
Mommin’ ain’t easy, but you’re doing a great job (and I think I might be, too). Now go share this advice with all the moms you know because it is advice worth sharing.
Oh, and Lorelai says thanks for reading along and sharing her work! She’d love to hear from you. Scroll on down to the comments and give her a shoutout!?
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