Embracing Motherhood

Embracing Motherhood

With one-month-old Emma on (UK) Mother’s Day, 2006

Ways I fully enjoy my life and family:

  • Simplify – outings, commitments, belongings, activities
  • Memorize – expressions, feelings, moments
  • Invent – family traditions, games, stories
  • Live – in the moment
  • Engage – listen, play, lose track of time

What are your secrets to making the most of life and motherhood?

Happy Mother’s Day!

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

18 thoughts on “Embracing Motherhood”

  1. Happy Mothers Day! Hope you have a wonderful day. Such a good list! My secrets are take things as they come and life is too short to let things upset you and live in the moment and see all the good and beauty in life.
    .-= Beverly´s last blog ..Happy Friday and Update =-.

  2. Beautiful picture. I agree – live in the moment and capture it in memories and in pictures. Spend as much time with your children as possible – they will grow up sooner than we think is possible. Happy Mothers Day!
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..Science of the Dead Sea =-.

  3. Elisa | blissfulE

    Gorgeous photo! Love your SMILE acronym and I totally agree with everything you included.

    For me, anything that reduces stress (as in your Simplify list, and in starting to get ready to go anywhere in PLENTY of time) makes for a happier Mama and more peaceful, joyful family. At the same time, increasing Engagement (especially one-on-one time and getting into their pretend games with them) vastly increases my children’s feeling of significance and reduces acting up.

    Happy Mother’s Day!!
    .-= Elisa | blissfulE´s last blog ..Jake the Pillow Snake =-.

  4. Happy Mother’s Day to you.

    What a wonderful list. I think living in the moment and not losing perspective is important. We have a sign in our living area which says: “Too blessed to be stressed” and I think that amongst the chaos that comes with three young children this saying holds true.
    .-= Elise´s last blog ..Homemade Goodness And A Whole Lot Of Sweetness. =-.

  5. Such a sweet picture you posted, and I definitely agree with your ways listed to enjoy life and family. Time passes too fast and is too precious to be wasted.

    Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you are having a wonderful, special day!
    .-= susana´s last blog ..The Journey of Motherhood =-.

  6. The same goes for you! It’s hard to believe how fast time has gone by. To make time the most of our time and motherhood, I try to remember to slow things down and enjoy the moment.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..Happy Mother’s Day =-.

  7. Ness @ One Perfect Day

    MaryAnne I just found this through Pinterest. I recognised you in the photo and clicked through. I’m so glad I did. This is absolutely beautiful. I’m doing a weekly parenting series on ways to connect with your children. I would love so much to link back to this post one week, if that would be ok with you?

  8. Love that phrase – it’s a beautiful reminder to us that we need to slow down and live in the moment. I often remind myself that “the days are long, but the years are short”!

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