Real Moms, Real Advice: Happy Mother’s Day!

Real Moms, Real Advice: Happy Mother’s Day!

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No degree or prior experience required; Salary and hours non-negotiable; No paid benefits; Lifelong tenure – can you guess this role? The position is Mom, and more than 85 million Americans wear this title.

If there’s one thing we’re sure of, it’s that mommin’ ain’t easy! Being a mom is just as beautiful as it is brutal, and we salute you for holding it down and getting it done.

Whether you’re looking for advice or lighthearted mothering tips, these lessons from our PROUDLY Moms have something for everyone.

Q: What is your favorite part of being a mom?

Ashley Lee-Johnson ⠂@hiiashh

My favorite part about being a mom is when my son hears my voice or sees me, he has the biggest smile on his face. 

Ashley lee Johnson's baby

Courtney Thompson ⠂@lovealways_court 

So tough to answer because there are so many things to love about my role as a mom. I think my favorite part so far is that special feeling knowing I'm my child’s safe space. I’m who he turns to for his place of comfort. That's reassuring to let me know I'm doing a good job on tough days. 

Courtney miller

Chadai Brown ⠂@chadaikristina

I love experiencing all of my daughter’s firsts with her. Watching her roll over, try solids, give her dad kisses, and so much more. Not a moment goes by that I don't feel extremely blessed to be her mama. It is just the most beautiful thing to watch her experience life and to be right by her side. I'm just like, “Wow, God. You really blessed me with the one thing I wanted in this whole wide world – to be somebody's mama.”

chadai brown

Q: What is the hardest part about being a mom?

Beryl Otchere ⠂@bloom_beryl 

The hardest part about being a mom is never really knowing if you’re doing a good job and just hoping that your kids will become good people and impact the world positively. 

Beryl Otchere

Vanessa Diarra ⠂@mrsvanessadiarra 

Breastfeeding. It is a lot of pressure because you always hear “breast is best.” No one talks about the toll it takes on your mental health some days. I’m blessed to be able to, but it has definitely been difficult exclusively breastfeeding for eight months now.

Vanessa Diarra

Maurissa Ashby ⠂@helloitsmaurissa

There's no time off. Once you become a mom, you're always a mom. You can get a break from the kids, but there's not really any time off. Even when you're not there, you'll always be thinking about them.

Maurissa Ashby

Q: What advice would you give to expecting parents and fellow caregivers? 

Kristin Davis ⠂@aleoandhercubs

Give yourself grace and take the time to figure out what works for you. Your parenthood journey will not look exactly like someone else's, and that’s okay. Listen to other parents, take the information/advice you need or think will work for you, and leave the rest. If your baby is up half the night (like mine), don’t force yourself to wake up at 5 am for a workout. Find a time that works for you.

Kristin Davis

TaJarre Crisler ⠂@tajarrecrisler

If you think you have enough pictures, take 10 more. And even though you’re capable, it’s okay to ask for help!

TaJarre Crisler

Lauren Williams ⠂@_accordingtolauren

My advice to expecting parents and fellow caregivers would be to know that parenthood is a beautiful lifelong journey. Take each day one day at a time. Keep going, you got this!

Lauren Williams

We’re so grateful to be Made by Moms and Loved by Moms. Today and every day, we celebrate you. Thank you for being such a special part of our village. Happy Mother’s Day from Team PROUDLY. 💛