I’ve learned some incredible 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 les-sons are taught by our little ones.

Lesson 9: Winning Can Be Overrated

I had no idea that being a mom would give me so much insight into who I am. Motherhood has taught me to take a deeper look at my flaws and adjust accordingly.

When he was very young, my son started struggling with competition. Both his mother and fa-ther are extremely competitive and apparently, he inherited this trait. At first, I was not put off by it; I thought it was something great that would push him forward to success in life. What I learned was too much emphasis on “winning” was not helpful for him and created problems with his friends. This forced me to dive into what being competitive really meant.

One thing I realized by talking to him about how it’s okay to lose at a game is that it actually is okay to lose once in a while! Until I became a mom, I don’t think that I knew that. I heard my-self telling my son that whether he won or not did not change the fact that he is an amazing little boy with a good heart and great personality. I started to think about this, and he and I would dis-cuss it most every day.

Over time, this helped. He has become more comfortable with losses and I think I have, too. Sometimes, through teaching someone you love a lesson, you are able to really apply it to your-self and grow. Being a mom is the most incredible gift I have ever been given and I’ve learned that losing once in a while does not change or take away from the amazing individual that you are.