30 Day Mom Challenge Day 22: How do you want your child to remember you? Be that mom today

Every parent is different. Even in the same family, the parents will have a different outlook on what’s most important to them. These ideals are based on where we come from, where we are, where we want to go. And these ideals inform our parenting.

Each day I think about the job I did that day with my kids. I think that’s part of my generation; we’re a generation of thinkers and over-analyzers. But I want my children to be self-aware, not self-absorbed; generous with their time and affection and stingy with their judgments and cross words. And there’s only one way to do that.

I need to show my children, with my actions, how to be a good person. I need to smile more and yell less. Walk and savor the moment instead of run and rush through it. Laugh at the silly things and the difficult things and always, always look for a silver lining, for the lesson in the test.

And that’s the mom I choose to be today.

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About This Blog

Hi! I’m Mari Farthing and I’m a mother, wife and freelance writer and editor living in Moore. Originally from Wisconsin and formerly the editor of MetroFamily, my husband Tony and I made our home in Oklahoma via orders from the USAF after spending years living in Germany and Washington DC. When Tony retired from active duty in 2011, we became official “Oklahomies.” I’m a former multitasker and current work-at-home mom, which sometimes is an exercise in futility. I am interested in books, music, knitting, running, cooking, laughing and writing and occasionally I get bored and add a few more interests to fill up the final 15 minutes of my day.

I sometimes succeed, sometimes fail, and consistently rewrite the to-do list that manages my day.

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