Meredith: Manage your expectations – don’t shoot for perfection and understand you are only human. Remember that kids grow up fast and this is only temporary. Some days you will show up to work with spit up on your dress and other days you will forget to show up to Parent Teacher conferences – don’t be too hard on yourself and enjoy this time. Never feel guilty if you are doing the best you can for your family and the company.
Do you have one favorite memory of parenthood that you’d like to share?
Meredith: Watching my kids become friends and play together is one of the greatest joys. Also, my husband and I just welcomed our third child Ellie into our family last December and watching Amelia and Nate with their new baby sister is so great.
Elly: There are a lot and new memories form with each day/month/year. Each of them is special for one or another reason, first words, first steps, and soon will be the first day of school. Most recent memories are from a family trip in Disney. We visited one of the parks for a day and even though it was very short, the kids had a great time – watching the floats, taking pictures with various characters, or being on the rides. And my daughter keeps asking to go there again pretty much every other week.
Faye: Reading books together every night since my oldest was born, and we still do (We’re now reading Swiss Family Robinson) : – )
Jada: My cousins and I grew up like siblings, and even in our grown years we are all still so close to one another. Now that we all have our own families, we try to have our children grow up just as close as we did. I appreciate family more than anything, so our huge family trips that we try to take every other year are very special to me!
Jada with her daughters
Do you have any favorite Mother’s Day traditions in your family?
Faye: Visit to the Little Red Schoolhouse & BBQ!
Meredith: My husband always helps my kids make me breakfast and then my kids eat most of it off my plate. 😉 Then we have brunch with my grandma and our big family.
Jada: While Mother’s Day is usually centered around celebrating the ‘mothers,’ I like to celebrate my kids. Being a mother and a great one is so important to me, so I use this day to reflect on how grateful I am for my daughters. That usually includes a great meal and an activity that we can all enjoy!