the meaning of parenthood

Recently, I started to look at this blog a bit more contemplatively.

I had started it as an online journal about motherhood, delving into my dealings with a then rambunctious three-year-old.

It progressed to include a few opinions littered here and there.

And then I started to participate in writing prompts.

Now there's really no rhyme or reason - it's a mish mash of all of the above. I'm not sure why the scrutiny began. I think I wanted the blog to have deeper meaning.

I had a major case of writer's block and decided not to take part in today's CHBM Carnival. It asks what it is you strive for in life and why. The question is just too profound for a mom who feels like she is lacking in worldly wisdom right now. It is like a conundrum that I can't truly grasp.

I came armed with excuses. I'm lethargic. I should spend some time with Amara before I head out to a work dinner I need to attend. I want to catch up on email and work. Excuse after excuse.

So off to the Internet I went. And there, the heavens opened up. And I realized what my response would be. Seems fitting to find an answer on the Web for a blog prompt.

I sincerely, wholeheartedly strive to be the best role model I can be to my daughter.

Many times, I know I come across superficial. I do enjoy material things. I am somewhat obsessed with celebrity moms (OK maybe just Posh). I can be catty and petty. But I am only human.

So when it comes down to the very bottom layer of my being, all I ever do, I do because I believe it is what is inherently right. I want Amara to grow up to be a moral, outstanding woman, confident and generous. And if all this means I can continue to experience the unconditional love of my daughter, I have accomplished so much.

What spurred this love fest?


A friend of mine shared this with me today. I strive to be more like this dad. We all should strive to be more like him.

Want to learn more about this father/son duo? I know I did. You can check out their website here.
today's good: After watching the Hoyt video, I think today's good is that my family is happy and healthy. There will be no bad today.


  1. You should have warned ::TISSUE BOX ALERT:: instead of just ::TISSUE ALERT::.
    That was truly inspirational, Nik. Don't let my sister see this. She'll go into one of her ugly hysterical sobbing fits :)

  2. I LOVE these guys. I first heard about them a year ago or so. They are so inspirational. I sent the video to my husband and it made him cry. And he NEVER cries!

  3. That video tears me up every time I watch it.
    It is inspirational, moving, so strong and heartfelt.

    Be the best mom you can be for your daughter, you will succeed.

  4. I've seen the video before as well - and like Kat, I tear up every time! Very inspirational! Very motivating!

    Follow your heart and you will do right by Amara. You are a great mom! :)

  5. don't worry dear. you ARE the best mom you can be, for right now. when you learn something new, then you'll be the best mom for right THEN. :-)


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