8 Surprisingly Gratifying Moments of Motherhood

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These milestones may seem mundane, but for moms, they mean a LOT.
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By Betsy Voreacos

When you’re a mom, sometimes the smallest things become the most important. Have you ever celebrated special moments like these?


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You can actually complete the entire laundry cycle.

You don’t know when or why or how, but every now and then it happens. You can sort, wash, dry, fold, and put away all in one day! And oh, the sense of accomplishment, not to mention gratitude, that you feel for completing this mundane yet monumental household chore.

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Your kids get up and out without a cattle prod.

The bedtime battle is eclipsed only by the wake-up war. How many days have you started with nudging, prodding, nagging, and yelling as you attempt to get your kids out the door on time? How magical it is when a morning runs smoothly with children who wake up, get ready, and waltz off to school, with time to spare!


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Your child chooses track or basketball over football or hockey.

Playing sports is great, but they sure come with a price. And it’s not just how much all the gear costs, it’s the amount of work it takes to get your kid suited up and off to practice! When they choose a sport like track or basketball where basically all you need are shoes, it’s so much easier all around!


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Everyone likes what’s for dinner.

After spending hours shopping, prepping, and cooking, it’s a special meal indeed that’s not met with a single turned-up nose or pushed away plate.

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When the science project is finished – a day ahead!

Every now and then, the stars align and there’s no last-minute panic, no forgotten report, no tears, and no tantrums. And that science project turns from dread into just plain pride.


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When electronics take a back seat to good, old-fashioned fun.

There’s nothing like seeing your kids run around outside, happy, healthy, and electronics-free – without you even having to say a word.

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When someone else offers to drive the carpool.

No matter how few and far between, those “I’ll do it today!” moments make all the difference.


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When your kid cleans up without having to be asked.

Whether it’s picking up toys, putting clothes in the hamper, or making the bed, there’s something so heartwarming about seeing your kids make the effort!

What are the surprising motherhood moments that make you smile?


Betsy lives with her family a stone’s throw from New York City. An overly involved mother of three children, Betsy has always been acutely aware of her shortcomings as a parent, not to mention those of her children. She documents her life in the brutally honest Old Minivans Die Hard.

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