From The Catholic Family Handbook by Fr Lovasik.
I don't have this book but found this excerpt. I share this to encourage - myself and others. Being a mother is important work.
"The sublime and difficult task of child-rearing demands that you be willing to embrace self-sacrifice and self discipline. You must have an inexhaustible patience, deep faith and trust in God, devotion to duty, prayerfulness, and a right reverence for your children's human dignity. You must have a serenity that no reverses can disturb and that rests upon faithful devotion to doing God's holy will. You will not falter if your confidence in God does not falter. Such stability and unfaltering bravery is the ideal of every good mother and father.
You must be so deeply rooted in the changeless God that your children need only your example and wisdom to become exemplary Catholics.In order that you may fulfill your office worthily, endeavor to be what God intends you to be. You cannot impart character, virtue, and nobility if you do not have these qualities. You cannot teach respect for God, for religion, and for you if you are lacking in this respect. You cannot expect your children to be faithful to their duties toward you if you are unfaithful in your duties toward them.
If you want to be a good father or mother, make every effort to acquire the following qualities:
*Be deeply religious. Religion is not only to be believed, but to be lived. Without God and religion, you cannot hope to meet and solve the problems and difficulties of married life. If your children see that you love God and your neighbor and practice your religion conscientiously, they will be drawn to imitate your example.
*Be approachable. You will attract and enjoy the most intimate confidence of your children by a sympathetic interest in their work and recreation, their plans and problems.
*Be gentle, but firm in working for your children's welfare, regardless of their whims. Firmness does not mean severity. Strength and rule must be tempered with gentleness.
*Be loving and generous. Love your children sincerely, and be ready to make any sacrifice for them, especially in making home life pleasant.
As a Catholic parent, you enjoy, like priests, the greatest ministry in the world: the education of the conscience and the training of souls. Yours is the mission of fashioning the young hearts and minds of the children God has entrusted to you according to the divine Model, Christ. Try therefore, to realize the dignity of parenthood and its grave responsibility, and use the means offered by the Catholic Church to fulfill your duties faithfully."
Whew. A rather daunting list of qualities. But I can do this with God's help, right?