Describe motherhood in just one word. It seems like an almost impossible task, doesn’t it?
So many words come to my mind. There’s “love,” obviously. And “challenging,” clearly. Also frustrating, fascinating, overwhelming, rewarding. And that’s just off the very top of my head. I’m sure I could quite easily come up with a dozen or two more descriptors in no time at all.
A group of BabyCenter moms recently set out to describe motherhood in a single word, and in doing so they came up with a pretty great list.
Is your one-word description in here?
I found myself agreeing with just about every word on that list. “Craptabulous” is admittedly a new one, but even that seems pretty fitting.
My definition of parenting changes on a daily, if not an hourly, basis. In one moment I feel so full of love and gratitude that I look at my children and just their existence makes me want to weep tears of joy. Thirty minutes (two fights, one slammed door, one spilled cup of juice and four stepped-on pieces of Lego that I asked you FIVE times to clean up) later and I’m so irritated and fed up that I could scream.
That is motherhood.
My definition has also changed as my kids have grown older.
If you had asked me this question when I had a newborn my responses would have been pretty depressing: Exhausting, repetitive, lonely, confusing.
Now that my girls are 9- and 5-years-old, though, my perspective on parenting is completely different. These days I find it all just so fascinating and fulfilling. And heartbreaking, too, because that light at the end of the tunnel that I used to long for seems to suddenly be approaching far too fast.
What one word best describes motherhood for you?
This post was originally published in December, 2015.
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