Tantrums, messes, tears (sometimes even from the mama).
The days can be long, repetitive, and even lonely.
If you're a mom, you know what I'm talking about. It's not that every day is like this - the amazing moments outweigh the hard ones for sure. But I'd be lying if I said there weren't days and even weeks that make you want to cry and eat a lot of chocolate.
Because I've been here, more often than I'd like to admit, I wanted to share a few of the ways that help me to rise out of a mommy-funk. I hope they offer some practical help. I'll share five of my "strategies" today and the remaining five next week!
Second: be realistic - you won't be able to do these "life-givers" every moment of every day. Don't set yourself up for failure by planning to finish a craft project, write a song, and go on a date all on the same day. But do make the effort to do these, even if it means getting a sitter or letting your little one watch TV for 30 minutes. You'll feel refreshed and more ready to be a mama.
Mindset for Moms. I have often called my mom in tears, asking for advice on an issue with Nicholas. I worry and Google-search like a mad woman - and then two weeks later he's grown out of that behavior on his own. Having the perspective that this is just a season has truly helped me in my darker moments. I think all moms need a tattoo that says "this too shall pass."
It's easy to see the behaviors/attitudes in our kids that irritate us. But what if we actively looked for the things that we love about them? Ask God to help you see the wonderful attributes in your kids. Write them down or take pictures of these moments. It's hard to be frustrated when I look at a list of all the new words Nicholas is saying and the silly ways that he pronounces them.
Read the final five HERE!
What helps YOU to rise out of a mommy funk? I'd love to hear your thoughts!