It is possible to take a new look at failure and find the victories and celebrations hidden inside. We can choose to see failure not as the outcome we anticipated, but instead as the sum total of who we are as mothers.
The next time I’m offered a getaway, instead of complaining, I will make a paper chain and count the days! Yes, it is hard to leave, but distance from day-to-day life offers valuable gifts. Among them can be renewed appreciation for your life, the people in it, and even for yourself.
There are many things I want to do in my life and most of them are made more difficult by motherhood: write books, travel the world, get a master’s degree, read more, learn photography, take classes in everything from art to astronomy…Ultimately I realized, who I want to be is more important than all of those things that I want to do.
When I found myself running alone on a dark road without a headlamp, I realized the importance of having my own light—not only in running, but also in my everyday life.
I needed to take control of my negative thoughts and find a way to appreciate myself as a mother, so I found four ways to focus more on the good “mom”ents than the bad.
If we could really see where spiritual power is available to us, I think we would be overwhelmed by how much help is within our reach. Here are four ideas to consider.
I want to believe that if it works on paper, it works. Period. That if I just make a really outlined time map, a fun and motivating chore system, or a realistic-yet-ambitious goal chart, our home will run perfectly. But most of the time, motherhood doesn’t work that way.
Children need to understand the importance of sleep and how it recharges their bodies, helps them grow, and keeps them healthy. As they are still learning this, bedtime can feel like World War III, but improving behavior starts with us—the parents.
I want to live in a community where women can showcase their strengths and pursue their talents– at home and in the workforce–without the fear of being or looking “too good.” When women excel, at anything, it is good for all of us.
Many parenting situations are not funny at the time. In fact, some are downright horrifying! But the ability to look back and laugh can make all the difference in how we approach new challenges and put difficult times behind us.
More often than not, the people around us, those we love and those we don’t love yet, are wearing brave faces. It’s likely that you’re doing the same in at least one aspect of your life right now.
I used to have more mom-related demands in some areas (diaper changing, mess-clean-up, bathing and feeding kids) and a lot less in others (driving to activities, helping with homework, dealing with moods, emotions, and friend drama). As my mom always says, life doesn’t get easier – it just gets different.