1.) Let your inner-weirdo shine. I'm weird. Like, straight up different from the others. I like to make faces and voices that sound like a mix between The Nanny and Roseanne. I do Ave Ventura impressions on the regular. I dance like I have no control of my limbs. And I have never felt ashamed of it. My Mom taught me to embrace the fact that I am not boring or like other kids. To not feel bad if I don't fit in (which I didn't for a long time). It really helped me and I am still this way to the day. I live to make others laugh. And you know what? People are weird right along with me. They say that I bring it out in them. I love that!
2.) Don't let tough days break you down. Let me tell you something, Jack is the best little dude ever, but like many other toddlers, he has his moments. Moments that have made me feel like I am a terrible Mother for getting upset, stressed, crying etc. I have had a few of those moments in front of my Mom and she has always told me to not get defeated. She has really been the one person I can vent to and never, ever feel judged. She has been in my position 438739863573893 times. She has four children and also had daycare kids WHILE we were kids. That is a whole lot of craziness. I would go nuts. But she had the strength to pull through those tough days and she has helped me when I felt like I was going to explode.