By Fredrica Syren—Green mom
On Sunday I got to celebrate being a mom. Mother’s Day, of course, is a very special day and for sure my kids did make me feel special. It made me reflect about being a mom and what it means to me.
Being a mom is one of the most important jobs I have ever had, and I have to admit my biggest surprise about becoming a mom is that I never expected it to fulfill me and define me as much as it has. If anyone asks me what I do for a living, being a mom is for sure the first thing that comes to mind. All the other stuff — wife, yoga teacher, cookbook author, founder of Green-Mom.com, etc. — is secondary.
Since the birth of Noah 16 months ago, I really have been questioning the need for daycare. Everyone kept telling me that he needs to be socialized, but I realized that I feel my kids are best with me until they are a bit older. Now, I’m lucky that I’m not forced to go outside the home for a job, but rather work at home. This does make it busier for me and I rarely get too much time to myself. I keep joking that my nap time and rest time are at my acupuncturist’s office
Seriously, my children are mine for such short while, and I believe they need me to be here for them and to teach them to become strong and kind individuals. In return, they teach me about passion and compassion. I know there will be a time in my life when I will look back at this period and be so grateful that I could do this. Every morning when the day starts and Bella and Noah wake up, one by one their smiling faces melt my heart and I’m filled with such love.