Every woman dreams of being a good homemaker, a loving wife, and, above all, a great mom. But in the hustle and bustle of daily life, we often forget about the simple things that define motherhood. We forget to tell our children that we love them, to hug them for no reason.
After all, dear tutors, private schools, and material possessions we worry about so much don’t strengthen the bond with our children. Sometimes, we just need to take a step back from teaching our little ones and be there for them as kind and caring moms.
Here are 30 daily rules of a great mom:
- Say “I love you” to your child more often. There’s no such thing as too much love.
- Show your little one that their hugs mean the world to you and can solve adult-sized problems. Just ask them for a hug when times are tough.
- While having dinner with your kids, ask about their day and the good things that happened.
- Praise your child in front of others; those moments are significant for them.
- Compliment your child and show them how to compliment others.
- Kiss and hug your child at every opportunity.
- Teach your child to laugh, even at themselves. Laughter often helps in difficult situations.
- Teach your child not to take themselves too seriously. Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone can laugh at them. And that’s essential.
- Say “thank you” to your child more often. It will teach them gratitude.
- Learn to forgive everything, and this includes not just your child. Explain to your little one that anger eats away at those who hold onto it.
- Dedicate a day for just you and your child.
- Never prohibit your child from being themselves, even if their emotions or reactions don’t please you.
- Start your child’s morning with a smile and a kiss, without any rushing or yelling, “We’re running late!”
- Treat everything your child wants to tell you as the most important conversation in the world.
- Ask your child for their thoughts on family matters. Their opinion counts too.
- Don’t be afraid to entrust your child with even complicated tasks. They might make mistakes, but they’ll also learn from them, which is valuable in life.
- Ask your child for help when needed.
- Acknowledge your mistakes. This will teach your child to handle their own missteps with ease, knowing that it’s okay to make them.
- Pay attention to every detail that matters to your child, whether it’s the name of a friend at daycare or a toy’s name.
- Come up with a cute nickname that your child likes.
- Sometimes, instead of fairytales, tell your child a story from your own life. It will connect them with you and your family.
- Turn on some music and dance together. These moments are priceless. You can even come up with a secret family password or code.
- Sometimes, let your child misbehave a little, like scattering socks and T-shirts around the room or painting themselves with colors. It’s all fixable, and they’ll have fun. Just make sure not to go overboard.
- Occasionally, it’s alright to let them bend the rules, like staying up late to watch TV or taking a day off from school. Let these rare occasions be a little celebration for your little one.
- Always apologize if you were wrong.
- Allow your child to make decisions on their own.
- If you promised something to your child, make sure to keep that promise. Don’t throw around empty promises.
- When kids sing, sing along with them.
- Never forget to tell your child that their dad is the best and most caring in the world.
- Cherish every gift, craft, and card your child gives you; it’s meaningful to them.
Being a great mom isn’t about being perfect; it’s about loving, understanding, and connecting with your child. Follow these simple rules to strengthen your bond and create lifelong memories with your little one.