Pushy or Supportive? Yes, I Am That Mom
I am not a cool mom; I make a fuss of almost everything. For example, when the twins started swimming lesson, my daughter was anxious and started crying, I started shouting out, “you can do this, you are a big girl, there is no need to cry, it’s just water”. I didn’t care that the other parents looked at me funny (get over it already – I’m there to support my kid).
While I’m not loud, I can be when my kids need me. I’m their biggest fan and cheerleader. My daughter didn’t want to go back to swimming lessons, but I insisted on her going. During her second lesson, she was trying to fight back the tears, I started cheering her on and I could see her trying to be brave.
To help change her mind I took them swimming with me for fun; she was mostly clingy onto me. She didn’t cry though and we all had fun. By the time she went for her third swimming lesson, she was doing better than her brother and was completely over her fear of water. I still praise her about it and whenever she faces a new challenge, I refer to that experience.
Am I a pushy or supportive mum? I know that I am both and I own it.