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Sunday, May 13, 2012

motherly quotable quotes

Happy Mother's Day everyone! 
Celebrate all that you do. 


"You can never be one hundred percent prepared for motherhood, because it is motherhood itself that prepares you."
-Deanna Stollar, from A Cup of Comfort for New Mothers book.

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“Sometimes when you pick up your child you can feel the map of your own bones beneath your hands, or smell the scent of your skin in the nape of his neck. This is the most extraordinary thing about motherhood - finding a piece of yourself separate and apart that all the same you could not live without.” 
― Jodi Picoultauthor, Perfect Match

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"Yet, somehow in taking care of our babies, we learn from them how to give and how to grow beyond ourselves to become something more, something better."
-Deanna Stollar, from A Cup of Comfort for New Mothers book.

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“(24/7) once you sign on to be a mother, that's the only shift they offer.” 
― Jodi PicoultMy Sister's Keeper

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“Even if i'm setting myself up for failure, I think it's worth trying to be a mother who delights in who her children are, in their knock-knock jokes and earnest questions. A mother who spends less time obseessing about what will happen, or what has happened, and more time reveling in what is. A mother who doesn't fret over failings and slights, who realizes her worries and anxieties are just thoughts, the continuous chattering and judgement of a too busy mind. A mother who doesn't worry so much about being bad or good but just recognizes that she's both, and neither. A mother who does her best, and for whom that is good enough, even if, in the end, her best turns out to be, simply, not bad. ” 
― Ayelet WaldmanBad Mother: A Chronicle of Maternal Crimes, Minor Calamities, and Occasional Moments of Grace

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In a March 2012 article in O Magazine, author Martha Beck wrote about things you can stop worrying about, one of which is our children.
"There was a time when I spent many hours worrying about my kids. In fact, I was so worried my firstborn would feel unloved that I 'soothed' her constantly, blasting the poor child with a fire hose of anxious energy. It's a wonder she survived. 

"My second child, who arrived with an extra 21st chromosome, eventually led me to a shocking conclusion: We don't actually have much control over the way our kids turn out. Genes do a lot of the deciding, and the owner of those genes does most of the rest. Some kids let parents have a great deal of influence; others don't. Either way, people blossom when we love them, not when we worry about them. Worry just teaches worry. Let it go."

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