10 Incredible Acts of Bravery Every Mom Must Be Prepared to Face

10 Incredible Acts of Bravery Every Mom Must Be Prepared to Face

Didn’t you know? Moms are actually superheroes! How else can you explain these acts?

By Nicole Fabian-Weber

Motherhood is not for the faint of heart. Never mind giving birth, which (hopefully) is over in less than a day – it's having kids that requires the real acts of bravery. Being a mother means doing things -- terrifying things -- that you never thought you'd ever do before. And, for that reason (among others), moms are superstars.

Here, 10 acts of bravery every mother must be prepared to face. Best of luck to you.

1. You need to be willing to become intimately familiar with bodily fluids (that aren't your own). Have you ever dodged the icky, germ-filled sneeze of a toddler? Or another person's poo? If you don’t have kids, odds are "no." If you're a mother, odds are "multiple times a day." Hats off to you for that.

2. You need to hand over your sick days -- all of 'em. Being sick is one of the most depressing things out there. You're listless, exhausted, have exactly zero zest for life. All you want to do is lie on the couch all day, dozing in and out of consciousness while idiotic reality TV plays in the background. When you have kids? Nope. Not in the cards. Those days are ovah. You won't get a sick day for 18 years.

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3. You need to be willing to risk your life for your child's lovey. Most kids have a lovey -- a stuffed animal or blanket they're wildly attached to. You'd have to be crazy to suggest they go to bed without it. And if anything ever happens to that lovey, be prepared to all but contact the FBI. You will leap tall buildings for your child's lovey! Dive across train tracks! Surreptitiously go to the store to buy a new one and hope he never notices if he ever loses it!

4. You need to put on a brave face even when you're scared. Remember how when you were little, your parents were always the ones you looked to when you were afraid? That's you now. Of course it's important to express our feelings, but bottom line, you're the mom. You're the protector.

5. You need to be ready to feel things you've never felt before. Having children makes you experience emotions in ways you never knew existed -- joy, fear, love, anger, sadness. And to be quite honest, it can be scary.

6. You need to be willing to slay monsters. Those big hairy guys with sharp, pointy teeth under the bed? All you, Mama.

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7. ... and kill bugs (or lovingly let them out onto the lawn – with your bare hands). Doesn't matter if eight-legged crawly things give you the heebie-jeebies. Those are all you, too.

8. You need to drive with a tiny human in your back seat. Four words can sum up the drive home from the hospital with baby: Most. Terrifying. Ride. Ever.

9. You need to bid adieu to sleep for a long, long time. Or get super comfy with a knee jammed into your back and hot toddler breath in your face.

10. You need to trust yourself. Sadly, it's easy to doubt yourself when you're a mother. It's the trusting yourself part that can be tricky. It takes a brave person to tune out all the noise and be confident in the fact that what she’s doing is the absolute best for her kids.

What acts of bravery do you perform as a mother?

Nicole Fabian-Weber is the mama to a sweet toddler girl and a baby boy. She lives outside of NYC and writes for The Stir and numerous other online publications. Right now, she’s probably fantasizing about sleep.

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