I found this definition at www.theidearoom.net (entire post):
“Being low maintenance means two things, first, that as women and mothers, we know who we are and we are happy with ourselves. And second, that we have our priorities in order.”
I love this concept .. it’s not about where you shop, or whose name is written on the labels of your clothing, or how much you spend on your own “up-keep”, but if we are low-maintenance, this is really a compliment — that we know who we are. That we are happy with ourselves. That we have our priorities in order. Isn’t that what we want for ourselves, and for our children?
Because if we don’t know this – who we are and our priorities ..then who does?!?
This idea is just so foundational — if we don’t know who we are as a person, and we’re not happy with ourself, then how can we show up as our best, shining selves for our families every day? Are we able to be the model that we want to present for our children or are we just ‘going through the motions’? As we’ve all heard so many times, more is ‘caught’ than ‘taught’.
How we live our lives .. the everyday, ordinary moments (you know the ones — when your patience is wearing thin — again!) are teaching our children so much more than we realize. I sometimes catch myself, acting or saying exactly what my mom would have done or said. I certainly didn’t mean to model her, but that’s what we do, unconsciously. This means that my children will also model me.
So, what about you? Are you a low-maintenance mom? How does that feel?