Expectations can really kill a holiday. For instance, Mother's Day was just here…and some moms can really get into the “what are my husband/kids going to do for me this year?” To avoid unrealistic expectations, and to ensure the holiday is always magical, I have some traditions. For my birthday, I have a tradition of sending my own mother flowers with a note that says “Thanks to the woman who gave me life!” It's by far my favorite part of my birthday! For Mother's Day, I like to do something with my kids that celebrates the reasons I love being a mom. For me personally, Mother's Day isn't about getting a “day off,” but a day to reflect on all the reasons I love my kids, and why I should be grateful they are in my life. Motherhood truly is a gift, and not everyone gets the chance to be one in this life. Plus, sometimes we moms get so darn busy that we need a holiday to remind us what's most important. Since this weekend was the weekend before Mother's Day, I decided to have a girl's night DAY with my daughter's and celebrate the day THEIR style. This meant heading to Walmart for some Disney Junior Minnie Mouse items, playing dress up, having multiple dance parties, playing outside, doing their nails, hair and makeup, and most importantly…. letting them do mine. One of their requirements for their “special new Minnie outfit” was the ability to “twirl.” We found a Minnie Mouse Toddler Girl T-Shirt Dress something that fit the bill perfectly! Here's my cute little MinnieMe #1 and MinnieMe #2: My girls are so much more “girly” than I ever was, and it's been fun as a mother to observe their cute little personalities. They are super in love with all the Disney Junior characters, and of course all the princesses. If you have read my Disneyland Travel Guides, you know I'm a little Disney-obsessed myself. There's just something different about experiencing Disney as a parent. Somehow the magic is taken to a whole new level. In Honor of Mother's Day and my Disney-loving daughters, here are…
10 Things Disney Taught Me about Motherhood
Be Yourself and Dance Like No One Is Watching One thing I have noticed about all the Disney Princesses is that each one is unique, brave and willing to stand in her own shoes. Parenting can sometimes feel like a judgmental world. We could all benefit from letting go of our insecurities and fears, and like Rapunzel–letting our toes hit the grass! That's when “life begins.” I can't tell you how many times my girls paused throughout the day and took the time to twirl around in their new dresses. They kept saying “Mom! Watch! Watch me twirl!“ Don't Take Life Too Seriously. Do Your Best and “Hakuna Matata” the Rest! (The Lion King) I love how quickly my girls can just “be in the moment.” Sure kids can sometimes be whiney, but they're certainly good at transitioning fast. Kids are just a couple of giggles away from the BEST DAY EVER. Every day. Having our little Mother/daughter “Minnie Party” was full of the most simple things, and yet they were on top of the world! I realized I need to take little moments more often and have some giggles with my girls. Something as simple as chasing them around the yard brought insane amounts of happiness. The Best Kind of Magic is the Magic You Create For Others I thought I loved Disneyland growing up, but I didn't know “Disney Magic” until I became a mom. The magic in my daughter's eyes as she put on her Minnie Bow-Tique Fancy Bows Dress with Headband as part of our “girls party” was so rewarding for me as a mom. It's the same kind of joy I feel when I have taken my nieces and nephews (as well as my own children) to Disneyland for the very first time. Their eyes just light up! There's just something so special about watching the magic happen for someone else, which is a lot like real life. Be Quick to Forgive and “Let it Go” (Beauty and the Beast and Frozen) As Pumbaa would say, “You gotta put your behind in the past!” Aren't kids the most forgiving humans on the planet? I hate it when my “BEAST” comes out and I lose my patience with my kids. But what I love about my kids is that, like Belle, they see me for who I really am: their mom. And it doesn't take but two minutes before they are back to their giggly selves. True Beauty Comes From Within. I love that when my girls put on their dresses, they immediately and instinctively start spinning around and feel beautiful. They don't have to wait for someone to tell them what they are. In a world that puts a lot of focus on outward appearance, Disney (and my daughters) have taught me that true beauty comes from within. I love that it doesn't matter if I'm rocking my sweat pants and a full “bed head,” my kids treat me no differently. They radiate unconditional love for the person I truly am. “The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all” -Mulan “Mother Knows Best” (Tangled) Maybe mother doesn't always know best. In fact, I can't count how many times I have learned a valuable lesson from one of my children. They truly have been some of my best teachers when it comes to creativity, passion, kindness, gentility, and forgiveness. Each child comes with a unique personality and perspective on life; we would be wise as parents to also learn from them. Never Grow Up As part of our girl's night, I sat down on the ground and played with my girls and their Disney Minnie Bowtastic Kitchen Playset. It was so much fun to be a part of their imagination and creativity and I realized I don't do it enough as a mom. Sure we have bills to pay and “grownup” things to worry about, but the best part about having kids is we don't have to “Grow up” completely. If we take the time to experience childhood through their eyes, we still have many more adventures to come! Have Courage and Be Kind (Cinderella) Sometimes I will hear my daughters use a tone that sounds all too familiar–One that I know I have used with them (and I cringe a little inside). Yes, we are the parents, and yes we sometimes need to be stern, but that doesn't mean we can't be kind. Often I have to remind myself, “Is this how I would speak to a good friend, or someone I really respect?” If not, it's not how I should speak to my kids either. They are some of the most important relationships I have in this life. Chase After Your Dreams “If you can Dream it, You can Do it” -Walt Disney Let's see, how does it go? Something like “If You Wish Upon a Star, makes no difference who you are…” I've learned that as moms, we need to have dreams too. I'm a better mom when I am also finding time to pursue passions and dreams and do what I love, which is part of the reason I started my blog, why I travel, and why I try to keep a fitness routine. It's a fun outlet for me. And when we accomplish our goals and dreams as parents, we are teaching our kids that they can too.
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