I love this article in today's local paper that addresses the myths that mothers wrestle with. I found Dr. Lubna Somjee to be "right on," having spent most of my adult life in the role of being a mom. Both of my daughters are now moms, and so I dedicate this post to them and to all the other moms out there - young and not so young, who struggle with the often difficult, exhausting reality of all that motherhood entails.
- Kristin & Jennifer -
Good mothers want to be with their children all the time.
A good mother can do it all.
I am a bad mother if I have other interests in my life.
I was told missing my pre-mom life makes me a bad mother.
- Melanie, Katie, Andrew, Lydia, Alexa -
So, lose the guilt trip, mom! And rid yourself of those old energy-sapping tapes that run through your head that say you're "not enough." You need that energy to care for your children - whether toddlers or teenagers.
Go ahead and free yourself up to celebrate your children, their uniqueness, and this very special role God has called you to in this season. Take a deep breath. Stay calm. Stay focused. Stop comparing yourself to the next-door supermom. Continue to develop the other areas of your life. Don't neglect your husband. And do cultivate your sense of humor!
You're raising the next generation of Christ-followers. He promises to give us "everything we need for life and godliness" (2 Peter 1:3). And that includes parenting!
"She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness"
- Proverbs 31:27.