Courtney Johnson // Motherhood
Meet Courtney. She is a stay at home mom and jack of all trades. She has two kids. Her daughter Blythe (7) and her son Joe (5).
1. What does the role of "mother" mean to you?
It means being a little bit of everything. I am a teacher, linguist, nutrition specialist, shoe tier, finder of lost object, nurse to boo boos no one can see and fevers below 101, drill sergeant, referee, Sorry champion, but always Candyland loser (if I wasn’t the one shuffling the cards I’d swear it was rigged), cheerleader, coach, snowball target, expert hugger, butcher, baker, and candlestick maker (That’s not a joke, I made candles once. They were neither pretty or functional). The role of mom to me is basically she who takes care of whatever needs doing.
2. What is the best advice you have ever received when it comes to motherhood?
I don’t know if this counts as advice, but my mom told me I had good natural instincts, so the advice I would pass on is trust your gut. There are a million books and blogs on parenting, but God made us to be mothers and gave us our children. Who better to know how to raise them than the one God made to do it? So do your research, learn your options, but in the end trust that you know what is best for your family. There is no one child or parent alike so the idea that there is one right way of parenting is absurd.
3. How do you like to spend days with your little one?
I love that they want to help me. So doing the dishes, helping make something in the kitchen, or working on something around the house add in some board games, puzzles, and cuddling up to read some books and I’m a happy girl.
4. What do you find most important in your role as a mother?
I’m gonna go with giving them my full attention. I’m constantly trying to multi task, but notice that I get huge smiles when I stop down and really listen to them. So I guess the most important role for them is being the person who is so in love with them that they take priority over everything else. Something I am still working on showing them daily.