I’ve learned numerous things from being a mom, including things I never even realized I didn’t know! The journey of motherhood has provided me with knowledge that I can apply to all areas of my life. Sometimes, life’s biggest lessons are taught by the tiniest of people.

Lesson 3: Do It Right, Even When It’s Difficult.

Getting divorced with a one year old was extremely difficult.  No matter how upset and angry I felt during that time, though, I was able to put my son first, choosing to work my hardest to have a good relationship with my ex. This was not easy and we certainly still have our moments, but I believe that both of us working to treat one another with respect has impacted our son in a positive way.

The first couple of years were exceptionally challenging with my son crying when he would have to leave me to stay with his dad. Thankfully, it did not stay this way! Things changed. They got better. Having this insight now is helpful for me as it can be applied to anything. No matter where you are in your life and no matter how difficult things may seem in a moment, they will not stay that way. They will, and do, get better.

Keep the focus on yourself, your behavior and your choices and make them the best you possibly can. Eventually, things will improve. By having my son in my life, I learned that doing the right thing—not the easy thing—delivered the best future for all involved. Being a mom has taught me that making tough choices is never easy, but they do pay off in the end.