Before Nate’s birth, I had what I thought was a pretty good life. I had a husband who was working two jobs to take care of our family, two sweet little girls, and a home we loved. But I didn’t realize how shallow I had become.
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After two months of being a mom, I realized my hopes about motherhood were nothing more than nice thoughts. I desired progression, but with no clear destination, that desire seemed to only fuel my feelings of inadequacy. It was then I realized what I was missing: goals.
In Being the Mom: 10 Coping Strategies I Learned by Accident Because I Had Children on Purpose, author Emily Watts shares 10 coping strategies she’s found along her journey. It is a quick, light read, full of stories and lessons all moms–from the new mom to the grandmom and everyone in between–can benefit from.
Throughout my life, I worked hard to develop my talents in dancing, singing, and theater. After I became a mom, however, my hours of practicing were replaced with laundry, nursing, kindergarten, and driving my children to their own lessons. How could I rediscover my talents—and myself in the process?
Our lives are determined by our intentions. I am no longer the frazzled, “busy” mom I once was. Instead, I now try each day to pause, to create, and to intentionally be the mother I want to be.
Do you ever feel that your skill set as a mother is not enough to meet the daily challenges that arise? Author Tiffany Hancock shares a personal glimpse into her earliest mothering moments and the fear and inadequacy she felt at that time–as well as how she overcame that fear and moved forward with faith.
I don’t know exactly why postpartum depression hit me with the last birth and not the first two–and though that is frustrating, I’ve come to realize that I am just not privy to the full truth of hormones, sleep deprivation and postpartum life. To get through postpartum depression (and the difficulties of motherhood generally), I found a few strategies that have worked for me and have helped me develop more patience with myself and my kids.
Already being a fan of the 7 Habits, I was intrigued at the idea of teaching them to my children (particularly while they are still young), and this book has filled me with plenty of ideas on how to do that. This book has single-handedly made a paradigm shift for the better in my parenting style.
Before I became a mother, I viewed myself as a reasonably intelligent and capable person. That idea changed quickly when my son was born.
in our lives as mothers, a sense of progress can be evasive. As we meet the needs that pop up right and left from our kids, much of our “to-do” list remains undone at the end of the day. But we CAN progress. And we CAN feel the joy of moving forward and learning at least a little every day.
Going through the toddler years six times with six different children has taught me perspective and patience. Now, instead of thinking, “This is my entire life, and I am failing as a mother!” I remember that kids go through phases. They just do. It is part of their learning, and that learning process may take awhile.
What has motherhood taught you? Allyson Reynolds shares 10 lessons she’s learned, and invites you to share what you’ve learned from motherhood.