Mother's day is not just for mothers of children.
There are many ways to "mother" someone, many ways to take care of...
I have helped raise nieces and nephews, children of my friends, and myself.
Yes I have had to re-parent myself with kindness after a less than kind childhood.
At the moment I am parenting a poodle puppy.
|He only weighs 12 lbs and is quite thin according to the Vet even tho this angle gives him a tummy|
Better to teach than punish.
Better to show a pup what you want, and present motivation to voluntarily follow the rules.
Fatigue takes it's toll in payment of patience.
There are times you break. You've been pushed beyond perfection and go on automatic and just demand the rules be followed.
He is learning that the noise I make in the back of my throat, and uh uh, mean stop it. He is learning he can trust me to always say no to certain behaviors. He knows I love him.
|look at that wild look in his eye... Fun-loving Poodle boy!|
Sometimes for safety (power cords for example, or running into the street) one might sound harsh, or loud, or even gasp! say NO! So do Mommy-dogs.
I must not only watch the baby to protect him from eating rocks and dirt, but teach him how to get along.
|Hi Momma!! Want to play??? teehee|
Just as with children you must teach them not to hurt anyone even accidentally.
My baby-Milo has been on earth less than three months and is learning lessons quickly. My goal is to learn them happily and voluntarily so he's happy to be good. He is teaching me as well.
He will be gentle as he grows, not a brute who demands his way. We've all known humans who are demanding. To get there he may be frustrated at times, and feel I'm unfair. He is learning how to cope with disappointment and "NO" while learning what toys are better to teethe on.
Milo trusts me to be consistent, to protect and offer good things. He understands when I am not perfect just as I understand when he makes mistakes because we are less about perfection and more about understanding. We both forgive and forget. And move on toward the goal of being happy and peaceful and exploring the world....
|so much to see, hear, taste, and learn!!!|
I hope that he is raised to want to be good ...not to be afraid to be bad.
I am aware of differences in raising a puppy from a human...
But there are similarities.
It's not easy to be a good mother but it's a worthy goal.
This dog-mom rap video is from my friend Bonnie http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-rap-for-dog-moms_
Enjoy! Happy Mother's Day to all who mother