I’ve been thinking over the last few days about the difficulties of raising children — we all know how true that  is — but also the rewards.  The following are the top 10 reasons why I love being a mom.  Hope you enjoy.

1. No matter how many times it happens, there is nothing sweeter than a 4-year-old giving you good morning hugs and kisses.

2. My dancing thoroughly embarrasses my teens.

3. EVERYTHING I do embarrasses my teens.

4. NOTHING I do embarrasses my four-year-old.

5. Karaoke in the family living room would not be near as fun — alone.

6. It is funny (and terrifying) to realize that teaching a teen to drive is not near as much fun as learning to drive when YOU were a teen.

7. Everything is new to four-year-olds.  “Momma, why do we have a mouth?  When am I gonna get bigger?  Why are your ears shaped so funny?”

8. Even on my darkest, most exhausted day, I recognize my children are blessings from God.

9. We all turn into our parents.  – “Don’t keep that refrigerator door open. Were you raised in a barn?”  “Close the back door.  We’re not cooling the whole neighborhood.”  “Modest is hottest!”  “If Johnny jumps off a bridge, are you gonna do it, too?”

10. One day, my children will be adults and I will get to watch them parent!

Author/Speaker, Jennifer Maggio, is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on single parent issues.  She is the critically-acclaimed author of two books – Overwhelmed: The Life of a Single Mom and The Church and the Single Mom. She has been featured on more than 100 radio and television shows.  For more information, visit http://www.jennifermaggio.com.

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