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Amanda Lamb: Buck-up Mom

Posted September 2, 2013

Recently I asked my younger daughter how she might describe me. She used lots of sweet adjectives aimed at making me feel good, and then she paused and said: " But really, you are a buck-up Mom."

I asked her what she meant, and she paused again and said: " You know, when we whine because we don't want to do something, or we're tired, or don't like the food on our plates, you tell us to 'buck-up' and deal with it."

It had never occurred to me that my kids see me this way, but in reality I come from buck-up parents, so it makes sense. More than anything I want my children to be flexible and be able to roll with the punches because I think this makes for a happier, healthier life.

I was by nature not a bucker-upper, but by nurture my parents gave me the skills to survive in an ever-changing world. These traits have served me well in my job as a television reporter which requires constant changing of gears throughout a typical workday.

"So, are you saying Mommy isn't nice?" I asked my daughter with a smile on my face to let her know I was just teasing.

"No, Mommy," she said defensively. "You can be very nice, sometimes. You just want us to be strong girls."

Amen, sister. I couldn't have said it better.

Amanda is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and the author of several books including three on motherhood. Find her here on Mondays.


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  • cherid03 Sep 4, 2013

    Super cute!! I am trying to raise mine the same way. I was always too sensitive a little girl. Way to go, Amanda!! :-)

  • hsiflee Sep 2, 2013

    I read this in the wee hours of the morning and have ben crying all day...

  • cmk617 Sep 2, 2013

    High praise indeed.

  • LibertarianTechie Sep 2, 2013

    Awesome. Parenting done right.

  • countrylivinglover Sep 2, 2013

    Keep going. I believe you've got it right.