Becoming a mom makes you better at lots of things; parenting, diapering, not caring when there’s applesauce on your clothes, solving calculus problems, and (sometimes surprisingly, thanks to social stereotypes our culture has arbitarily attached to parenthood) motherhood makes you a better romantic partner, too. I know, I know; mothers are supposed to "sacrifice everything," up to and including their romantic relationships, for the betterment of their children if they want to be considered "good mothers." Turns out, that's a hard "nope." So much nope.
“But, Dena,” you say, “what do you mean? One would think parenting and being romantical are mutually exclusive, like fangirling over the Backstreet Boys or *NSync, liking LaCroix or not liking LaCroix, or being Team Kimye or Team Taylor.” I hear you, friends. Believe me, I do. However, I firmly believe one can be both a great mom and a great romantic partner. The same person is well equipped not only be both, but to be great at both.
Conveniently, the life skills I’ve acquired as a mom, if we can go so far as call them "life skills," are very transferable, and I suspect this phenomenon isn’t unique to my specific situation. If anything, parenting has also made me appreciate my partner even more, so I’m even more inclined to love the crap out of him in a plethora of different ways and in various different love languages. Not to toot my own horn, but this ultimately translates to being an even better romantic partner than I was before I became a mother. I’ve compiled just a few key examples below.