Since Nichole has 2 daughters, she is faced with the same rules that I had when raising 2 daughters: you must remember and recite the Mommy Mantra.
Now if you have children, you know (or soon will know) that this is a requirement of every Mom because there is one constant when raising children: they will fight.
Not only will they fight, they will pick on each other.
They will also tease one another in ways that only siblings can.
And above all else, they will test your patience.
And to top that off, when they are done fighting and testing your patience and you feel that you are at your wit’s end, they will come up to you, look up at you with those beautiful eyes and say, “Mommy, I love you.”
And your heart will melt.
And you will pull them close, hug them and kiss them and all will be right with the world.
For exactly 2 seconds.
And it will start all over again, and not end until… well, quite possibly never.
It is at those moments when you are required to recite your Mantra: “I love my kids, I love my kids, I love my kids.”
It’s in the Mommy Handbook, between the chapters on How to Heal a Booboo and Checking for Monsters Under the Bed: Five Steps to Sweet Dreams.
But believe me, you won’t have to earmark that page, you’ll have it memorized pretty quick.