Moms: holding hands

Way too often moms (and mommy blogs) focus on the hectic, ugly side of motherhood instead of the little moments that we should really be treasuring. Every once in a while, we should force ourselves (if need be) to stop and celebrate the little things.

It may be easier to say that than to actually do it when you’re overtired, under hydrated,  and trying to tackle a to-do list that’s longer than a Peter Jackson movie. But, this Mother’s Day, I challenge you to try. Try to notice and appreciate little moments. Try to take a step back and watch. Try to just take it all in.

To give you a little taste of what I mean, I collected a bunch of beautiful images of moms and kids doing everyday things.

If you have a picture of you and your kids (or of you and your mom!) that you’d like to share and possibly have featured in a future post, email me at jen@cuddlesandchaos.com.

Moms and kids: holding handsvia crescentmoon06

Moms and kids: look of lovevia Boho Baby Bump

Moms and kids: pillow fightvia The Gifts of Light

Moms and kids: work from homevia Design Mom

moms and kids: cradlevia Plum Pretty Sugar

moms and kids: beachvia Blanqi

Moms and kids: breastfeedingvia Mexico Rosel

moms: carryvia Whiskey & Honey

Also, Ilana from Mommy Shorts, Jessica from Momma’s Gone City and photographer Ali Smith have teamed up this week for a pretty awesome Instagram challenge to celebrate Smith’s new book, Momma Love. They want you (and me! And mommas everywhere) to remember to take a picture with your kids. Check out the challenge here.

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Written by Jennifer Garry

Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she’s not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.