Here are 10 things I am learning as a mom:
1. My day was productive.
I'm raising two boys, it's not even humanly possible to have an unproductive day. My house is more than likely a shameful mess, but other than that I've made it through another day of raising children. One day I'll see the fruits of my labor, please Lord.
2. Stop comparing myself.
Why is this so dang hard? Seriously? Turning 30, for some reason, has made this seem easier. I feel more comfortable in my own skin, but I need to focus more on what I am, my family, and our blessings than on what other people have.
3. Read. Read. Read.
Even if all I have the energy for is to stare at the page, I MUST open up a book. My Bible, a parenting book, or a new novel. I absolutely have to do this everyday. It fuels my brain, my spirit, and my imagination to get through the mundane days.
4. Make time for myself (and when possible escape)
Escape the chores, escape the kids, escape the kitchen, escape the boring parts of motherhood. Get out and be alone or hang with a friend. I get a little nut-so when I've been stuck at home too long, and it does me a world of good to get out. An hour with a friend is good medicine, anyone else feel like some days you've forgotten how to speak adult?
5. Say "No."
I need balance. I need quiet days as much as I need busy ones. I say "yes" a lot when I really mean, "Oh, how I wish I could." It's ok to say it. I have to sometimes.
6. Exercise and eating healthy.
These are absolutes for myself and my family. No doubt about it. Kids love junk food and so do I, but keeping myself and my family healthy is my number one priority. Exercise has changed my life. I make time for it 6 days a week. Some days I don't feel like it, but I always feel stronger and my brain is more clear when I push through.
Don't lose sight of it. There is always something I can thank God for. Always.
8. A happy marriage.
This is one of the greatest gifts we can give our kids. It's so freaking hard, but I'm determined to not give up.
9. Television is not of the devil.
There I said it, my kids watch TV. They are smart, active, healthy, and creative. I limit the television and monitor what they watch, but there are days I am so thankful that I can turn a show to hold their attention, slow them down for a bit, teach them something, and give me a chance to breathe.
10. Perfection is Impossible.
I'm doing the best I can, and that's all I believe I'm required to do.
We're in this together Moms. We are the glue that holds our little families together. We are raising children who, by God's grace, will grow up to change the world for His glory. Somedays suck and others are better. We are always tired, but the love of a family in the palm of God's hands couldn't be more beautiful! Amen?