Amy Roloff multitasking as always.
After one watch of TLC's Little People, Big World, you will immediately sense that Amy Roloff is a remarkable mom. As the matriarch of the Roloff family--mother to 18-year-old twins Zachary and Jeremy, Molly, 15, and Jacob, 12--she's constantly, I mean constantly in motion.
All four of her kids are committed athletes (Amy's even coached a few teams over the years!) and she regularly shuttles them back and forth to soccer and volleyball games. She also works as a preschool teacher. She also lives on a farm. She's also a little person.
Amy has achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. Her "dreamer" husband Matt is also a little person, as is one twin, Zachary. Her household is a mixed bag of tastes and talents, and it's a treat to watch how this little mom manages everyday teen and tween drama. If you ask me, Amy is one of the most able and confident mothers on television. She has a no-nonsense but loving manner that resonates right off the screen.
There isn't an episode of Little People, Big World, that doesn't underscore the challenges of being a mom, but always with Amy sailing the ship, the joy of it too. Here's more on her take on motherhood...
What is the most important lesson that motherhood has taught you?
That I don't need to be so focused on what people think of me, how good or not good I am (compared) to what they think. The most important thing is to be what I think is the best mom I can be, because four kids are depending on me. What I do for them is what is important, not all of the things I may have brought as part of my package before being a mom.
How has the state of the world today affected your view of motherhood? Has it changed the type of mom you are?
Sure it has affected me. The world seems like a different place than what we grew up in. What a place to raise them, on a "farm". Faith is important. Faith has helped me get through things, the tough times. [It's not about] striving for the impossible like being perfect. Just trying to do the right thing and be a good example for my kids is tough enough. Faith has given me a different view on life, the world. My focus is not on all of the stuff around me and what is happening, but on Him and how can I raise my kids to still be the best they can be in a world that is constantly changing. I have to help them to keep themselves grounded and still have character and compassion for others amongst all that is happening.
What’s the best part of being a mom?
The best part is every moment I am with them. When Zachary was in the hospital having leg surgery, I was there with him from the very first moment to the last. Coaching Jacob in soccer, it was just him, myself, and his team. We shared that moment. When my kids have their friends over at the house...afterwards when any one of them want to talk, I know what they are referring to because I was there. Just there. Sharing a moment at a volleyball game with Molly and just watching her play. At the boys last home game in soccer, they honored the seniors. I reflected on all of the soccer games I have gone to, taken them to, watched, etc. and how many times I left the house in disarray. I wouldn't trade anything to not share in the little and big moments I have been privileged to with them. In a fleeting moment they are grown up on their own--but I'll still be mom.
What is the most important parenting lesson you learned from your own mother?
Pick and choose what bothers you, what you want to change, what is wonderful, and though nothing is perfect, you can choose to make it better and work within it. She really tried to do it all--work, keep house, raise us, and be there for us. What she did best was keep a neat and orderly house--I wasn't able to pick up this trait! But she taught me to try and do and be the best you can be in whatever situation. Though others may not think it is important, if you do, then do it. Faith, rely on your faith. My mother was a strong woman.
How do you plan to spend Mother’s Day this year?
I think I will just enjoy being with my four kids at home. This year it will be my boys 19th birthday, on Mother's Day. What better gift and day could I have asked for?
What is your greatest wish for your children?
To keep their faith which will help them stay grounded, and to know true joy. The joy that is always there no matter what life may bring. i want them to know they have a purpose and to just appreciate every moment. Give back if you can. Thrive not just survive.
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