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Bored as mom? Not me!

July 5, 2012 - Amy Leigh Wilson
On the eve of my son's 13th birthday, I read this blog post from Julie Cook ( about how she finds motherhood boring. Of course, she makes it clear that she loves her son, but she misses what her life used to be. I can understand how a mom can wish for the freedoms of pre-parenthood days, but I couldn't relate to much of what Cook was sharing. I am one of those people who was a mom before I had children. I love to take care of people, to help with and solve problems. I always seem to have the sympathetic ear for whoever needs it. I'm comfortable being a caregiver; also occasionally frustrated, but ultimately happy in the role. All I ever wanted to be was a mom. When my children were born, I relished in everything they did. I can't claim that I was never bored watching a music lesson or a T-ball practice, but I tried to find something thrilling about each experience. I cannot every remember a time when I could relate to Cook's feelings towards other people's kids. I loved when my friends and family had babies. I drove for hours to be there for the births of each of my nieces (I only missed one out of four). I spent time reading baby blogs, sharing advice and sorrows with other parents, and even took a job editing a parenting publication so I could be immersed in motherhood. It was the best decision I ever made. My children are growing up. My daughter is heading to high school and my son is turning 13. They don't need me to hold their hands when they cross the street anymore. Now, they need me to help them navigate the virtual world on Xbox and the Internet. We watch classic horror movies together instead of Sesame Street. And I couldn't be more interested. I still love when friends use social media to update me on their kids' accomplishments. I love sharing pictures with my niece on Instagram. I love discussing my daughter's two-year-old tantrums and her sleep patterns (or lack thereof) when my cousin laments about life with two preschoolers. I find motherhood to be the most exciting job. I have no problem with moms like Cook who don't want to hear about my kids and I can relate to her need for some adult time. But, for me, facing a quickly approaching day when my kids will leave home to practice what I've taught them... I'll never use the word “dull” to describe this adventure. I enjoy every minute of it.


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