Why Motherhood Should Be an Olympic Sport

Like many Americans and sports enthusiasts around the world, I am getting Olympic Fever. But here’s the thing…I feel like I am competing in the Olympics every day. I might not have the physique or talent as the amazing athletes representing their countries from around the world, but I feel like I should be winning the gold medal (okay, okay, maybe bronze) in motherhood…and so should you. Here’s Why Motherhood should be an Olympic Sport.

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You have no idea how tightly I was holding their hands so that I could get ONE photo from our vacation with me in it. Seriously. Gold medal to me!

The Stamina

The exhaustion begins when they are just peanuts (at least that’s what Baby Center told me via their weekly pregnancy updates)…and it just continues. I truly think that little kids get all of their energy by siphoning it away from their moms and taking it all for themselves. And since breaks for us moms are few and far between, we know quite a bit about building stamina in order to achieve a goal (in my case, that daily goal is always bedtime!).

The Multitasking

I read somewhere that a woman’s brain is capable of focusing on more things at once than a man’s (to be perfectly honest, I’m too busy and tired to actually look up the actual article but TRUST ME on this one, I swear). And once a woman becomes a mom, her ability to multitask absolutely skyrockets. Have a business phone call while feeding a baby? Check. Make school lunches while preparing dinner and helping with homework? Check. Folding laundry, planning weekend activities with your spouse…while building the most epic race track ever? Checkity check check check.

The Preparation

My husband loves to joke that my purse is my Hermione bag (hello, Harry Potter fans…I see you AND I love you). Not only do I remember to pack snacks, I bring juice boxes, sunscreen, bug spray, band aids, hand sanitizer, wipes, sunglasses, blankies, diapers, a change of clothes, beloved toys, crayons, coloring pages, books…the list goes on and on. I am pretty proud of myself for being able to have my family basically live out of my bag, but it does wreck havoc on my neck and shoulders!

The Determination

I like to joke that my goal for each day is to make it to bed time (and honestly, it is my favorite time of day…aren’t your kids absolutely adorable when they are sleeping?!?!). But in reality, my goal is to raise my boys to become respectful, inquisitive, and kind men. So I navigate through all of the drama and bad news in the world to create a loving and educational home for my kids that teaches them to look for the good and to actually BE the good in the world, no matter how challenging that may be.

What aspects of motherhood do you think deserve an Olympic medal? I’d love to hear them. You all deserve a gold medal and your face on a Wheaties box, dear mamas.

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  1. Jasmine Eclipse says

    I totally agree!! Moms are superheroes, and really don’t get the recognition they deserve. I don’t know how you all do the whole multitasking thing, because I am just not up to par on that haha! Kudos to you!

    • Amanda says

      I think my teaching background and that multitasking demand definitely helped me once I became a mom. And wine. Obviously.

  2. Jenny says

    I agree with all of the above. I try to blog, take care of my little one, runless an etsy shop, keep the house in order and I dunno how im functioning. Oh coffee, that’s right. lol

  3. Lori Felix says

    Every time a mother makes it out of the house on time, they should get an Olympic Medal. My other favorite event would be the sprint cleanup before company shows up at the door.

  4. Lynndee says

    I absolutely agree with you 100%! Maybe we can also add…the patience? And that’s because I think dads don’t have the patience compared to moms. 😉

    • Amanda says

      Great addition! I think I didn’t put this on the list because I am not the most patient person in the world.

  5. Ann Bacciaglia says

    Motherhood certainly feels like an Olympic Sport sometimes. It takes so much work to run a household.

  6. Emma Spellman says

    Sometimes at the end of the day I can’t believe how much was on my plate. Two toddlers can be really rough sometimes, but I just tell myself they won’t be little forever.

  7. Michelle Cantu says

    Love these. My goal is to make the bed before I actually have to lay in it 🙂 Most days I fail, and it’s okay/

  8. Gabriel says

    Speaking as a dad, I’d say putting up with Dad should be a medal also. My wife and I mostly align on parenting, but I know there are a lot of things I let them do she has to bite her tongue about.

  9. Jules Ruud says

    Ha! YES! I think I deserve a gold medal for bathing two dirty kids at once each night. Especially since neither of them like to sit nor do they care to bathe alone. And that’s just the beginning of the night. Bedtime with two under three is a whole other ball game itself. I deserve another gold medal for just that.

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