What Does Motherhood Mean to You- My Definition of Motherhood

The definition of Motherhood can be seen in many different lights. Of course, like anything else, there are literal and technical definitions of “Motherhood.” However, I believe my question here is what YOUR definition of Motherhood is.

Dictionary.com defines Motherhood as the following:

moth·er·hood [muhth-er-hood]

noun: 1. the state of being a mother; maternity. 2. the qualities or spirit of a mother. 3. mothers collectively. adjective: 4. having or relating to an inherent worthiness, justness, or goodness that is obvious or unarguable: legislation pushed through on a motherhood basis.

I actually rather like the dictionary definition of Motherhood. I am unsure what I like most about it. Maybe it is the fact that it defines it as a quality or spirit, or as an inherent worthiness, justness or goodness that can’t be argued with.

I am one of those that truly believes that just because you gave birth to a child, doesn’t mean you are a mother. I believe the title of mother, mommy or mom have to be earned through love, taking care of your child, and actually making an effort as a parent.

What Motherhood Means to Me

  • Slobbery, Snot nosed kisses
  • Diaper explosions
  • Temper tantrums
  • Sticky hugs
  • Wiping tears
  • Kissing Boo-boos
  • Sacrifices
  • Cutting the crusts off sandwiches
  • Always second guessing yourself
  • Scaring the monsters in the closet away
  • Acting like a kid again
  • Building block towers
  • Dancing, and lots of it
  • Silly sounds
  • Excited firsts
  • Sleepless nights
  • Patience
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Never being alone… not even in the bathroom
  • Laughing so hard you can’t breathe
  • So much love you could build a home with it, and that is just what you did.
There are many different things that make a mother, and if I went into everything it would take me years. My children are only 1 and 4, so as they grow I am sure my meaning of Motherhood will change.

What does Motherhood mean to you?

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