1. Makes you grow up 

You start letting go of some habits and stop going to certainplaces. You start spending more time at home, watching your baby becomes youridea of fun. You cannot be childish yet a child has come into your life.

<p><b>With time being so precious, you want to surround yourself with friends who add value, friends you are comfortable having around your child. </b></p><p><b>Whether the friends are married, single, dating, or childless; at this point in your life you want real friends or no friends at all.</b></p>

2. Makes you financially disciplined 
You become more responsible with money, needs increase, you have a life/ livesdepending on you. You save, invest, look for the best deals.

3. Makes you more hardworking 
Your work, your business becomes a means to provide for your family; so youmake calculated moves, go for the best opportunities and work hard and smart atthem.

4. Makes you mindful of your words and actions 
You become aware that you are a leader in your home, that your child islistening and watching you. You want to be a good role model; you stop usingcurse words if you curse. No more vulgar words. You control your temper; youmodel the values you want your child to have.

5. Brings you and your husband/partner closer 
For some, an unplanned pregnancy separates the man and woman; but for some,planned or unplanned, it brings them closer; they look at their child and seeeach other, 'Look what our love has done!'.

6. Makes you value time 
Twenty four hours a day seems very little. You plan your schedules for your ownthings and things with your family. Balancing act and multi-tasking isrequired.

7. Makes you re-evaluate your friends 
With time being so precious, you want to surround yourself with friends who addvalue, friends you are comfortable having around your child. Whether thefriends are married, single, dating, or childless; at this point in your lifeyou want real friends or no friends at all.

8. Makes you mindful of health 
Because you want to live for longer, you become aware of how you treat yourbody. You follow keenly on health news, diets, diseases. You make sure yourchild is of good health and eat right with the home medicine cabinet and firstaid kit ever stocked up.

9. Makes you plan the future 
You look into the future, one day your child will go to primary school, highschool, university. You think about the future needs of your family and preparetoday. You scout for your child/ children's talent and lead them to a careerand cheer their natural talents.

10. Makes you value your parents more 
Being a parent makes you see how important and hard work parenthood is. You seeall the things you do as a parent and it gives you a fresh perspective as tohow much your parent/ s did for you. If your parent/ s were irresponsible, itpushes you to be responsible and give your child/ children a better life thanwhat you had.

11. Makes you value God 
Seeing a life coming out of you makes you marvel at God's work. And when youwatch your child grow you turn to God for help in things beyond your control.When your child is sick you become more prayerful. Being a parent becomes atestimony.

12. Makes you understand and value others in a deeper sense
As a mother you go through much with your own child(ren), be it illness,financial stretches, disappointments, just the ups and downs of life, makes youmore accepting and understanding of other people's life's journey.

Thank you mothers for raising winners, champions, and gamechangers.