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.
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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.
A while ago, my teenager gave me my own “velveteen rabbit experience.” He made some poor decisions and did something that was very bad. My initial reaction, after coming out of a state of shock, was to wonder what exactly I had done wrong. Ultimately I learned some pretty important lessons about parenting.
Learning to live in the present and appreciate the now is not as easy as it sounds. In the past, I’ve described myself as a frustrated perfectionist who is constantly vacillating between my desire to get things done and my desire to enjoy the moment before it’s gone. These are the things that have helped me (at times) to do just that.
Bumpy roads, sharp turns, and unexpected dips are inevitable. Are you idling, checking your rearview mirror, or steadily traveling toward the ease of days ahead? Wherever you are in your journey, author Michelle Chase reminds us to take in the view as we navigate our way through motherhood.
When our dreams and goals seem just out of reach, sometimes looking at our lives from a different perspective is all we need.
At a recent Power of Moms Retreat in California, one of the “issues” that kept coming up was how distracting technology can be. And I wondered, Is technology really “distracting” us anymore than our mothers were “distracted” a generation ago? How much are we distracted and how much are we busy doing things mothers need to do?
What;s your Personal Best? Join April Perry and Andrea Davis as they discuss methods for focusing on our own “personal bests” and giving ourselves relief from trying to measure up to someone else’s standards.
Okay, mothers of the world. What’s it going to be this January? Are you going to set big pie-in-the-sky goals/resolutions/whatever you want to call them, or are you going to simply try a little harder to do/be a little better?
Last January, I set a goal to do some sort of community service each month for 2012. We didn’t. But we did do five more acts of community service than we had ever done before. So that’s success right? And now, for 2013, I’m trying again.
Close your eyes and return to a moment from your childhood, whether it be an important event or a casual Monday afternoon. What is the story being told? And will your children remember the the lessons you taught?