Mom of the  Moment

Lyndsey Akley
Mom of the Moment

A 29-year-old full-time home keeper, wannabe chef, booboo fixer and chauffeur to two children; Emerson, age 4 and Olivia, 1.5. A.K.A. stay-at-home mom. Also, part-time eMarketing Specialist.

What is the hardest part about being a mother?

When I first became a mom, no one prepared me for the pressure there is to always be put together, to not have a weak moment, etc. By nature, I am a hot mess express, so learning how to navigate this new stage of life, not only for myself but also having one (and then two) children to be responsible for, was hard. Thankfully, motherhood comes with a certain amount of grace and forgiveness, so as the years go by, we’ve found a fun state of organized chaos to thrive in.

What is the best part about being a mother?

The love of a child is so pure. Undeserved, unwavering, and unrelenting LOVE. No matter how rough the day has been, how much I feel I have failed that day, or how much of a ‘bad mom’ I see myself as, at the end of the day, my girls still love me. Each day is a new day, and the same amount of love they had for me on the good days, they have for me on the tough days.

Tell us your favorite story about one of your kids.

Emerson loves to swing but always needed someone to push her. One day, I looked outside and there she was, swinging by herself! I ran to her and excitedly asked her how she learned to swing by herself. She replied, “I prayed to God to teach me how to swing, and He did!”

What is your favorite time-saver?

Packing bags the night before. We are usually running late when we leave, so if I don’t have things packed and lined up at the top of the stairs, it is inevitable that we will forget something.

What is your favorite sanity-saver?

As a mom, we willingly put our needs last, but to be our best, self-care is SO important. I enjoy yoga, going for a run, playing soccer and iced mochas.

What is your philosophy on discipline?

Balance.

Discipline is obviously important, but so is flexibility and understanding. Children are people too, and they have strong reactions and emotions just like an adult. Sometimes a timeout is necessary, but other times, a quick discussion, a hug, or giving them some space can be the best thing.

What is your favorite local family place?

Anywhere we can be together as a family.

What is your favorite parenting must-have?

For me? Coffee. Lots of coffee.
For my girls? Snacks. And always having two of any item.

Name a time when you felt like a parenting genius.

Having two kids, I had to learn how to multi-task with the best of them. Any time I’m able to make a warm meal that everyone will eat, successfully navigate a grocery run with the girls, or clean my house and keeping it clean-ish for more than a day, I count as an absolute win. At our house, we celebrate the small victories.

I could have won the worst mother award when...

Emerson was very little, I accidentally clipped the pacifier clip to her skin!

Or when Olivia was small and we went out to eat, I clipped her (not so little) thigh in the highchair buckle.

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