My 8 Great Motherhood Lessons

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The list of things motherhood has taught me is plentiful, ever-growing and always changing. 

Below I offer the Cliff’s Notes version.

My 8 Great Motherhood Lessons

1.  Dirt will not kill me.  Or my children.  This lesson pertains to dirt in my house, dirt my children eat and the 5 second rule.  We have survived this long. 

2.  Babies are tougher than they look.  Contrary to my greatest personal phobia, I will not accidentally break one.  Score one for me.  

3.  Being late is OK.  I mean it really isn’t for me personally, but it is.  People understand, late happens.  This lesson is mind-numbingly revolutionary for me. 

4.  Sleep is for other people. Had I known this truth before I had children, I would have slept through my early 20’s.  Shoulda, coulda, woulda.

5.  TV is an amazing babysitter when you need to make a phone call or balance a checkbook.  Let’s face it, a little Wonder Pets never hurt anybody.  That Ming Ming is capable of bringing peace to the Middle East as far as I can tell.

6.  Always be prepared in the event of poop, pee, vomit, blood, tears, hunger, illness or boredom.  And because you were such a Girl Scout throughout the toddler years, your kids will grow to assume you are never without a hearty ration of snacks, games, bandaids and spare clothing.  And to think I was silly enough to ditch that diaper bag for a purse.

7.  I am my child’s greatest advocate and mommygard.  Hell hath no fury like a Mommy Friend scorned.

8.  Learn to roll with it.  While I understand the value of this lesson in theory, in all actuality I may never get there. 

What have been your greatest motherhood lessons?


  1. You have a way of summing it all up and right on! My greatest lesson was that being consistent and being honest help kids develop self respect and trust in you.

  2. Mommyfriend Mary says:

    My greatest lesson is definately about being prepared. I dont know how many times theres been puke or poop ALL over something- I almost need an extra bag for mommy clothes lol. Also, food is my friend. Pop a couple of those dissolving puffs in a screaming childs mouth and your good to go

  3. I love the way you write, Lori! You crack me up! I think my greatest lesson so far has been that it is OKAY to take a five minute mommy break! 🙂

  4. Your Mommy Friend Lori says:

    Amen sister!  Yes, parental advice that works for one may not work for you or someone else.  Great lesson!

  5. LOL. I love this. I learned all about dirt the other day as I watched Madison eat a handful along with some grass because I couldn’t run to her to get it out of her mouth in time. She said “mmmmmm” so it couldn’t have been that bad LOL. 🙂

    Also I’m not sure how mothers of 14 month olds have already ditched the diaper bag. I still need sippy cups, snacks, diapers, wipes and toys with me everywhere I go. That diaper bag is still just as important to me as it was in the beginning!

  6. everyone is different. Your way may not be better.

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