dream-catcher-2-1223109-1280x960Promises to myself:

To be a gentler, calmer me.

To always remember to wish my children a good morning and a good night.

To always say our “I love yous”.

To hug them and kiss them as often as I possibly can.

To play and dance with my kids.

To not use my phone or IPad or laptop or whatever else that takes attention away from my kids when I am playing/in an activity with them, unless I need to use it for them (look up directions, things to do, etc.)

To pause before reacting. Always.

To give my children the benefit of the doubt. Always.

To teach them about Indian culture and allow them the space to form their own opinions of it.

To introduce them to Hindu Gods and Goddesses but not preach religion, whether it is Hinduism, Christianity, or Judaism.

To allow them to make their own educated decision with regard to religion.

There are so many more promises I can make to myself for my kids but I’ll stop here for now. Below, however, I continue a few more in a slightly different context.

With every passing day, I would like to believe that I become a little bit more confident as a mother, as a parent. That is not always true of course – and regular readers of this blog know all too well about my spirals in and out of sanity in this journey of motherhood – but I’d like to think that is at least true on some days, for my own sense of confidence and self-esteem.

These are my promises for my kids’ young lives. More promises will come as they get older.

  • I promise you that I will live each day trying to be just a little bit better at being the mother you deserve.
  • I promise you that as long as I wake up every morning and have a single ounce of energy left in me, I will play with you, run you around, chase you, and walk with you.
  • I promise to pick you up and hold you, to hug you and kiss you, for as long as you want me to.
  • I promise to give you belly kisses and belly tickles until you laugh till you possibly cannot laugh any more.
  • I promise to continue getting you acquainted with the best that books have to offer, to make you an avid reader.
  • I promise to teach you cursive writing.
  • I promise to tell you stories from Indian mythology and Western fantasies.
  • I promise to learn new activities to entertain you and keep finding opportunities for you to unleash your creativity.
  • I promise to teach you everything I know and learn with you and for you, things I don’t.
  • I promise to always kiss your boo-boos better.
  • I promise to always (okay, almost always) read you at least one more book and then another one before bed time.
  • Most significantly, I promise to always be there for you, whether you want me to or not and especially when you think you don’t need me.


I am participating in a week-long blogging challenge (Aug 1 – Aug 7). Today’s prompt is: Promises. Please click below for my posts from previous days:

Aug 1 – A Reality that is Stranger than Fiction
Aug 2 –What you don’t know as a parent and a child…
Aug 3 – Fragile Lives: Fragile Moments – Cherishing the last times
Aug 4 – Will I ever learn…
Aug 5 – Wishing upon a daughter
Aug 6 – Before I had kids…

Published by Suchitra

I am a former Communication Studies professor turned stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) to two multiracial kids. I write about my adventures in parenting and living a multicultural life with my family. Blogger at: Follow me: @thephdmama

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