We are lucky to be moms in this era. Nothing is impossible for us. There are countless exceptional role models for you out there, whether you want to keep working, run your own business, be a stay-at-home mom or even just work part-time. And while parenting does come with an insane amount of responsibility, that doesn’t mean that you have to give up any of your own cool factor.
Spring for the Good Gear
As a mom, especially as a new mom, life is a constant balancing act of fully embracing your role as a mother and desperately trying to hang onto the most precious bits of your former self. One way to help ease the transition is to find baby gear and children’s products that you feel represent your personal style. Choose items that you connect with, whether that is because of the design, function or even something simple like a color or pattern. By honoring your taste and choosing things that are beautiful to you, you can enjoy using them more and stay in touch with your sense of self while doing it.
For new moms, you have ample options for essentials where form meets function. Many top designers from Gucci to Tory Burch make diaper bags that make lugging around all of that baby gear feel a little more chic. Keep your baby close and content in a Solly Baby wrap, which is available in a variety of prints and colors to best suit your personal taste. Even baby’s sleep can be stylish with a DockATot and a set of aden + anais swaddle blankets.
When it’s time to upgrade to a more family-friendly car, go for one with some exciting bells and whistles. For instance, the new Chrysler Pacifica comes with a tri-pane panoramic sunroof. The Pacifica also has an integrated vacuum for easy cleanup and is even available in a hybrid model. Whether you’re taking your kids on a spring break road trip or picking up their friends on the way to soccer practice, a minivan is a practical and fun way to transport the kiddos.
Never Stop Playing
Play with your kids at every opportunity; it will keep you feeling young and provide a unique opportunity to bond. It doesn’t matter if your child is 3 or 15; while the toys they are playing with may change, the opportunity to bond is still there at any age. The key is not to take yourself too seriously.
In addition to bonding over a common interest, playing with your child also offers you a unique opportunity to get to know your child in a different way. You can get a glimpse of how your child’s mind works by observing what he chooses to play with and the manner in which he plays with various items.
As parents, we are constantly taking our children places that we love and are eager to share our experiences and nostalgia. As fun as this can be, there’s a special magic to exploring places with your children that are new to both of you. This creates a wonderful opportunity for you to grow and learn together and for your child to see that you don’t know everything, you are still learning too. Sharing in this vulnerability can help you to create an even deeper bond and serve as a medium for creating countless lifelong memories together. Aim to travel to at least one new place every year. It could be a country or just a new city a few house away, but share the experience of navigating the unfamiliar streets and finding something to eat among the many restaurant options. You may be surprised to find that your child has a great sense of direction or an ease of communicating with others in a foreign land without speaking the language.
Above all, remember that change is inevitable. You are experiencing a new season of life for the first time and adaptation is mandatory. By letting go of a bit of your former self, you are making room for yourself to grow and evolve into your child’s very best mother.