Mommy Magic: The Libra Mother’s Strengths & Gifts
Patience is a virtue (and a gift) for Libra moms.
The Libra mommy knows how to stop and smell the roses, and she doesn’t sweat the small stuff. You can have a magical effect on your family, giving them the sense that everything is going to be okay. The kids had a tough day at school? You treat them to a decadent ice cream sundae, a mani-pedi or a trip to the zoo. Libras love to snap photos, and you’ll take the time to make commemorative slideshows, or even print up bound photo books for every stage of their lives. If your kids happen to crayon a mural on the wall, well, you’ll just consider it their first masterpiece. Your parenting dream is that your children have all the best experiences—preferably with you by their side. Family trips to Europe (or anywhere in the world), cultural expeditions, you want to expose them to all that life can offer, even if that means pulling them out of school for a week. Because Libra rules the zodiac’s seventh house of relationships, you’re adept at putting your own partnership first. A “martyr mommy” you ain’t! There will be no cancelled date nights unless a feverish kiddie’s temperature hits 102. This can actually set a good romantic role model for your children, who may grow up wishing to follow in your footsteps—you know how to be treated like a lady, not a servant!
The Libra mom has naturally good taste.
As an artistic sign ruled by beauty-loving Venus, you’re a mama with class and culture. You love to hit the museums, shops and galleries—your kids will probably say “Degas” before they say “gaga.” You expose them to all kinds of culturally enriching experiences. Like Libra Gwyneth Paltrow and her taste-making GOOP.com website, you’re a wellspring of elaborate ideas—many of which go beyond what the average mom would bother trying. You believe childhood is precious, and you have your own romantic fantasies of what it should be like (think: Eloise at the Plaza Hotel or Madeleine in Paris). Libra is the sign of partnerships, so if you have a daughter, you’ll wear coordinated outfits, and you’ll pass on your good taste to her. As a friend as well as a mom, you’ll you’ll teach your children good manners so they can enjoy the good life. Your mini-me will know the art of flower arranging, which fork to use at a formal dinner and how to pick out the best cashmere or wool. Not that you’re stuffy, Libra—you also have a sense of humor and levity about parenting, too. You might find it funny when yiour kids stick out their tongues, do a naughty dance or fill the bathtub with stuffed animals (as long as it’s not with the fancy ones from FAO Schwartz or Bergdorf). To you, life is a fabulous adventure, one that you love sharing with your nearest and dearest.
Mama Mia! The Libra Mother’s Challenges & Issues
Inconsistency can make it hard for Libra moms to maintain authority.
You’re tough one minute, a softie the next—which one is it, Libra? That elusive balance is forever slipping from your grasp, so you’ll need to work harder to stay consistent as a parent. If you have more than one kid, it’s even tougher, since you may forget to spread your attention around evenly. Since you hate conflict, you might avoid properly disciplining your children, for fear that they won’t like you if you’re too stern. This can leave them feeling confused and tempted to test your authority. They need to see that you’re in charge, Libra; it will make them feel safe. Even if you find their bad behavior amusing, hide that smirk, or you’ll give your kids a mixed message. One issue might be your own upbringing. You were either the charmer of your own family who was never told “no” until it was too late, or the black sheep who’s still rebelling against your parents by trying to be cool. But the hipster act will practically guarantee you end up with a wild child on your hands—or a rigid kid who swings in the opposite direction and becomes an overly serious workaholic. Staying tuned in can be an additional challenge for your dreamy sign. Your child could wander off while you’re admiring a shop display or a perfect sunset. In your pre-mommy life, running late might have been okay, but your kid needs the structure of a steady routine—even if it kills your social buzz. When you get lost in la-la land, you might even blur the boundaries with your kids, allowing them to be privy to too much of your personal life. Just because you feel like best friends with your kids, that doesn’t mean they should be your therapists and confidantes.
The Libra mom can be a snob.
You call your nanny an “au pair” or a “governess”…even though she’s more Fran Drescher than Francophile. You enroll your kids in Greek and Latin…even though Spanish is becoming the second most useful language on the planet. You overspend on clothes and style your kids like they’re being shot for a catalog, turning them into label monsters. Oh, Libra. Teaching your children good manners and grace is fantastic, but there’s a thin line between proper P’s & Q’s and plain-old snobbery. Being overly concerned with what’s on the surface might give your kids the wrong message, and even alienate you from the other moms out there. No disrespect, but even Libra mommy Gwyneth Paltrow inspired a few eye rolls when she suggested that moms build a brick pizza oven in their backyards. And while Libra Gwen Stefani’s cutie Kingston might be the world’s most stylish tot, a five-year-old with a dyed blue mohawk definitely set the paparazzi abuzz. Go easy on the exclusivity and elitism. While it’s fine to want the best for your kids, they’ll also learn valuable life lessons and survival skills by paying their dues. If you simply hand them expensive stuff, you could unwittingly shelter them from important opportunities for growth and self-sufficiency. It’s okay to say “no,” Libra….and to make them earn their keep.
Famous Libra Mamas: Gwen Stefani, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Ashlee Simpson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Rosie Pope, Hillary Duff, Sharon Osbourne, Kelly Ripa
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