It is the most challenging and yet rewarding job in the world: motherhood. I have learned a few things in my 22 years as a mother. Here are the top five things I would share with mothers who don’t have as many years under their belts.
I love my son’s morning routine chart because it holds me accountable for the things that are important to me as a mother—the things that would probably get lost in the midst of the urgent “to-dos” and daily craziness of motherhood, if they weren’t included in our simple chart.
I was more tired than I could have ever dreamed of being. It was so hard. I felt alone in the night and like a walking zombie all day. My rose-colored glasses were shattered, but I was left with a few tools I didn’t know I would need.
We often make “to-do” lists, but have you ever made a “don’t” list? It’s one tool I’m using to identify what I am choosing not to focus on at this time in my life. And it’s helped me get rid of some of the guilt we carry around as mothers for not being able to do it all.
Have you ever judged another mother for doing something, only to find yourself doing the exact same thing later? If you need a good laugh, check out this lighthearted post from Brooke Romney about how she learned not to judge.
Do you ever find yourself in the midst of a survial-mode week or month of parenting? Have you developed any concrete strategies for getting through those crazy times? Blogger Jamie Walton has been there, and she compiled seven of her best tips for “rocking” survival-mode parenting.
Do you have trouble motivating your kids to do their share around the house? Check out these five very practical tips from parenting expert Amy McCready to help you get your family routines back on track.
Don’t have time for a long read? This book full of friendly suggestions might be just what you need to survive another day!
I’m not judging anyone who hands his or her kids the latest iPhone; several of my favorite teens carry one in their pockets. But if you buy your teen a little red flip phone, I promise they won’t be alone. And they’ll probably thank you for it.
My kids aren’t at all like I thought they’d be–but that’s okay! I’ve quit trying to change them. I accept and honor the amazing, unique people they are. And you know what? We’re all happier.
When you run into a challenge, do you ever wish you could “phone a friend” or call in a back up? See how one mother does just that.
Trying to set and accomplish goals as a mother with children (let alone little ones underfoot) can be a shaky if not downright doomed process. How can we remedy this reality to still seek out progress for ourselves and our families?