Sunday, June 19, 2011

How to be a classy mommy

Are you the mom that looks sophisticated and has it all together?

Being classy is more than just appearance. It's about grace, elegance, and sophistication. Here are some things that come to my mind when I think about a "classy mom" and what I see from the moms I think are classy.

1. They show kindness. 
You will not look classy while screaming at your kid in Target! Use your manners with your children and discipline them appropriately. Explain to them what they did wrong and give consequences (of course consistency is key). Show them kindness by being respectful and courteous to others.
2.  They are good listeners.
If you talk about yourself and your experiences too much it can come off as pompous.  Most people think that they are good listeners but the best listeners really really pay attention and say, "what I hear you saying is___".

3. They are generous. 
Give back to those in need as well as your community. Donate money and/or time to a good cause. Remember that generosity doesn't necessarily mean giving "things". Sometimes, it's best to give someone support, love and resources.

4. They look good.  
Although being classy isn't just about how you look, lets face helps! Everyone has days when they don't get out of their sweatpants or their comfy maternity shirt (that they should have given away after they had their baby!) Although this isn't necessary on some days, don't make a habit of it! If you're heading out to the store (or even if your not), put on nice jeans, a cute top and some high heeled boots. At the very least, curl your eyelashes (brightens up tired eyes), apply some blush, and throw on some lip gloss. SMILE!!! The truth is, when you look good, you will feel better about yourself.

4. They are genuine.  
Don't compare yourself to the mom that always looks like she has it all together in your playgroup. No one has it ALL together so give yourself a break and relax! Also, be genuine. The classy mommies in Hollywood (Jennifer Garner and Gwenyth Paltrow come to mind) are considered classy because they are real. They are often seen playing with their kids, getting dirty, and showing outward affection.
Enjoy your children and appreciate the joy they bring. Finally, if you truly feel good about yourself, others will think that they should feel good about you too!! Smile and enjoy the wonderful gift of motherhood!

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