A Word from A
1999, by Cheryl Demas
- It was one of those moments I wanted to
freeze in time. I was driving the car and my little girl, Dani,
was riding next to me, singing along with Blue's Clues. We were
on out way to the mall to pick up my oldest daughter, Nicki.
But first, we planned a visit to the toy store together. I knew
Dani would be asking for '"cool" music before long,
wanting to shop with her friends for clothes and jewelry instead
of shopping with Mom for toys and candy. But for now, she was
more than happy to be going on a trip to the toy store with me.
She interrupted my thoughts,
"Mom? Will I always be able to call you 'Mom'?"
"Of course, Dani. What else
would you call me?"
"Well, I was just thinking,
when I get older, I might have to call you something else."
What should I call you? It does
make a big difference you know. In your attitude, and how others
see you. Are you really taking your business seriously? Do you
give yourself credit for all the work you do?
I've talked to a lot of Work
At Home Moms who have told me that they started to notice a difference
in their businesses as soon as they gave themselves a title.
Instead of minimizing their work, they would speak as if they
were already successful. "I'm a writer, I design web sites,
I'm a painter, I'm a graphic designer, I'm a business owner."
This week, give yourself credit
for everything you do, give yourself a title. See if it doesn't
make a difference for you too.
We all have many titles in our
lives, some change, some don't. I may go back to a "real
job" someday, I may change careers again, but I will always
be Mom to my girls.
"Dani," I told her,
"Remember when Grandma was here? And Daddy called her 'Mom'?
And you said, 'Dad, Mom is in the kitchen, that's Grandma.'"
"Oh yea, he still calls
Grandma 'Mom' so I guess I will always call you Mom."
"As long as you'll always
be my Baby, I'll always be your Mom."