What makes a good mum?

This post is sponsored by KFC

What makes a good mum?  This is THE QUESTION, from the day our children were born we always question ourselves. Am I a good mum?  Am I doing this right? Being a mum is hard work, we strive to keep the family happy, fed, clean and may set our expectations too high that it can all become overwhelming.  Far too often we compare ourselves to other mums, which isn’t healthy. Before the kids are born we usually set expectations of what a good mum is, likely based on what we read, watch on TV, see in the community or from our own parents.

There is no one right way to be a good mother, in my opinion if you possess the following you’re a good mum.

What makes a good mum?

YOUR SUPPORTIVE – Listen to your child when they talk and instead of telling them what they should do, provide them support and encourage them to make their own decisions, as they get older this will give them confidence to become independent adults.  The kids will appreciate that they can come and talk to you about their problems, with friends, teachers, their troubles, worries, about puberty etc, it’s good for them to know they have somebody that will believe in them and who they can trust.

YOU FEED THEM – this is really a necessity all kids need to eat, so if you are feeding them, you’re doing something right!

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THEY ARE SAFE – They have a safe home environment, a place to sleep and eyes watching over them when they decide to wander.

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SPEND TIME TOGETHER – Spend quality time together by simply sitting down at the dinner table having dinner together each night, reading, playing at the park, cooking, playing board games and while doing this encouraging conversation and laughter.  This time together makes the kids feel important and loved, which in turn helps to build their self-worth and self-esteem.

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BE A GOOD EXAMPLE – Children like to mimic their parents, they learn behavior based on those around them.

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Mothers Day Traditions

Mothers Day is this Sunday, a day to sit back and be spoilt by your kids.  Typically on Mothers Day I get booted from the kitchen, the kids make me pancakes for breakfast and the family usually take me out for lunch, either dining somewhere nice or a picnic by the water.  I have a soft spot for KFC as this was my first real job as a teenager and it tastes so good!

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Other ways to spend Mothers Day:

Thank you to some of my readers for sharing their mother’s day traditions

  • A hot breakfast made by the kids
  • Run in the Mothers Day Classic Fun Run
  • Get treated like a Queen
  • Once I had children I believe it’s now my day. Not my mother’s or grandmother’s. I spent years going to family events. Cooking and over scheduling. Now I just stay home and chill with the kids. If hubby is away they make toast and coffee.
  • While I love my mother and mother in law, after I have seen both of them I only have half a day left for myself. But if they were not here I would miss them.
  • Go out for lunch with my Mum
  • After years of running around after everyone else my mum, sister and I go to a restaurant for either lunch or dinner and spoil ourselves leaving husbands and kids to fend for themselves it has made us very happy and relaxing for about the past five years this year adding daughters as their two are also mothers
  • plant a tree with Landcare when you’re a mum without a mum
  • Go to the movies
  • Rent a movie and eat snacks on the couch
  • Go out for dinner
  • The family make my favourite dinner
  • The family clean the house
  • Go out for brunch

How do you like to spend Mother’s Day?

This post was coordinated by The Remarkables Group and run in accordance with my disclosure policy

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12 comments

Lauren @ Create Bake Make May 7, 2015 - 9:26 AM

This is going to be my second year participating in the Mother’s Day Classic. Mother’s Day is always hard for me and the run is a great way to keep distracted as well as supporting a great cause. This year I’ll have both my boys in the pram doing it with me – considering I’m going to be pushing almost 30kg for 8km I hope I make it! I hope you have a lovely day x

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 7, 2015 - 2:25 PM

Lauren that is wonderful that you are doing the Mothers Day classic! And so lovely that your boys are doing it with you. Good luck and Happy Mothers day to you x

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Louise Thomsen May 7, 2015 - 1:26 PM

We try to visit Australia Zoo as a family each Mother’s Day :).
x

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 7, 2015 - 2:26 PM

What a wonderful fun filled day.:) Love visiting Australia Zoo!

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Nicole @ The Builder's Wife May 7, 2015 - 1:39 PM

We don’t have any traditions as such, this year for the first time my step kids will be with me for an hour or two in the morning, so I am very excited about that. Enjoy your day x

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 7, 2015 - 2:27 PM

Ooh that is lovely Nicole, hope you have a wonderful day.:)

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Miss Maudy May 7, 2015 - 2:13 PM

We go out for breakfast as a family, and with whichever of our mothers that are around. I’ve found that because breakfast is done by 11am, I get 3/4 of the day to myself instead of running around catching up with the mothers separately. And Biggest Winner – aside from making the reservation, I don’t need to do ANYTHING!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 7, 2015 - 2:29 PM

Sounds like a lovely day all round. Hope you have a beautiful day.:)

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Jessica Broadbent May 8, 2015 - 3:01 PM

I’ll be home with a two year old and two five month olds while hubby is at work. No Mother’s Day for me this Sunday :/ Miss 2’s daycare centre are putting on an afternoon tea today for Mother’s Day so I’ll pop down there and spend some time with my big kid while hubby watches the babies.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 11, 2015 - 8:36 AM

Ooh a nice chance to spend some time with your little ones, maybe a picnic? x

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Kate Lloyd May 9, 2015 - 12:51 PM

What a beautiful post Kat. We usually all go over to my sisters house with big platters of food and enjoy each others company. It’s lovely. I hope you have a wonderful day with your gorgeous family. 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 11, 2015 - 8:34 AM

Ooh that sounds lovely, Kate. Hope you had a wonderul day too.:)

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