From Mommy Can’t, to Mommy Can

walking home from the fall festival

walking home from the fall festival

A few Saturdays ago, I told the  kids to put on their Halloween costumes and we would be going to the Fall Festival.  As we walked out the front door, Marley asked me, “Who’s going to drive us?”  My simple reply, “Nobody’s going to drive us baby.  It’s just us, and we’re going to have a great day.”

Snacking on our loot of candy after the festival

Snacking on our loot of candy after the festival

It saddened me when I realize earlier that week that my daughter has begun to notice the mommy can’ts, more than the mommy cans.  Mommy can’t drive.  Mommy can’t read small letters.  Mommy can’t this.  Mommy can’t that.

All you want as a mom is for your children to look up to you and want to be like you, right?  If she is acknowledging these things now, than what else will she start to pick up on?  Especially if she is going to grow up to be a confident and strong young woman.  I want her to know that mommy can, so she too can.

This mommy has decided to abolish the phrase, “Mommy can’t,” from our household vocabulary.  From now on, it will be all about what mommy, “can,” do.

Mommy can read Braille.  Mommy can cook.  Mommy can bake cookies and cakes.  Mommy can hike.  Mommy can fix my toys.  Mommy can take us to the festival. Mommy can hulu hoop on one foot.  Mommy can sew my dolly back together.

Mommy can hike.

Hiking at Valley of Fire State Park

Strength, confidence, and passion are the characteristics I want my children to see when they look at me.  What are a few things you want your children to see in you?