It's funny how we envision our family before we become parents. We have plans for how we're going to raise our children and what role we'll play in every aspect of their lives, and it never turns out quite how we imagined. Nothing can prepare you for how children change your entire world.
I used to say I would never be the stereotypical “soccer mom.” I couldn't stand vans. I swore I wouldn't spend my time shuffling kids to and from extracurriculars, arranging snacks and managing other people's schedules. Children, in my strong opinion as someone who didn't have them, should go with the flow – their schedules shouldn't be calling the shots!
After they came along, though, I quickly came to understand why parents give everything to fulfill their children's dreams. It finally made sense to me, and I embraced my new role as the doting parent and encouraging mother. That's not to say I've lost myself, though. I simply figured out how to infuse my own personality into our activities as a family. I'm the mom grabbing a bag of Halos for the kids and rocking a mandarin smile. I'm on those sidelines with friends, balancing my time and my personality with the varied and unique interests of my children.
How did your understanding of parenthood change once you became a mom?