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Are you needing some encouragement as a mom today? If so, then you are in the right place!
Being a mom is demanding, never-ending, and often so isolating. The opportunities to have a conversation with another adult can be so few, and the last time we were able to eat a meal from start to finish without interruption could be a distant memory.
Then there is the comparison trap, and it snares so many of us every day. It seems we fall for the same tricks everyday.
We all spend so much time feeling like we don’t measure up and as though we have so many expectations to meet that we can be so discouraged.
I think we can all agree that as moms, we have one of the toughest jobs on the planet. It’s a hard and demanding job, and rare is the opportunity to take a day off. For this reason, let’s spend some time focusing on these three things today.
Here are three pieces of encouragement that you can take to heart as a mom today!
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1. Stop trying to be perfect
There is no such thing as a perfect mother, and if you are anything like me, you can look back on your day as you lay in bed and count off the ways that you totally blew it.
If you are on social media, the pressures we can feel as a mom are often magnified when we see all the other moms who just do it better – or at least it can look that way. Let’s not forget that on social media we often see only the best of people.
I have no problem sharing what life is like in my home. I love keeping it real. Wanna see how things look in my house a lot? Just click on my Instagram feed down there. I shared what my house looked like on Saturday. It resembled a war zone, but rather than getting mad about it, I chose to take pictures since it was so unbelievably overwhelming to me.
When it comes to being perfect, we need to let ourselves off the hook. That mommy guilt? We need to give that up, too.
All we need to do as moms is continue doing our best, learning and growing along the way. We do not have to meet the expectations of others, and we don’t have to measure up to anyone’s standards either.
It benefits us to remember that each family and situation is different. We are all different. Our kids are all different. Our circumstances are all different. Whether you’ve got one child or seven like I do, each situation is uniquely challenging.
I am a recovering perfectionist, and I can say that the drive to be perfect will never end…that is unless you make the choice to kick it to the curb. Let’s do that today!
2. Find contentment where you’re at
I have written of this in so many places before, but it is so vital when it comes to encouraging moms. Contentment will not find you, you must find it. We need to stop being so focused on the future that we can’t find the beauty where we are today.
Similar to counting gifts, we need to stop looking so forward to what comes next that we miss what’s all around us. Even if what’s all around us is incredibly hard.
No matter where we are, we can always find contentment. The interesting thing is, that the more you look for it, the easier you can find contentment.
3. Schedule pockets of peace and calm in your day
This is essential in our lives as a mom. I like to think of these as breaths of fresh air in my day, but they must be scheduled or they never seem to happen.
I schedule these pockets of time to occur in the morning before anyone else gets up, in late morning when I send the kids out for recess, in the beginning of nap time in the mid-afternoon, before dinner time, and then after everyone goes to bed.
Then, I guard these times with my life. I always head up to my room, which is my pretty place, and I either just close my eyes and relax, read something, throw in some ear buds and listen to something, or even call a friend.
My kids know, however, that if they interrupt me during this time, it can only be if there is blood or vomit involved. Otherwise, they will be sent away with “the look.” I know you know what look I’m talking about!
If I fail to plan or take these times, my day resembles a train wreck with carnage all around. If you have not scheduled these little times of peace in your day, start today! Seriously, it is so good.
Being a mom is hard work, and sometimes we just need a little bit of encouragement.
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