While mini-catastrophes mean nothing in comparison to the larger problems of the world, these types of experiences happen day in and day out in family life. And if we aren’t careful, they can wear us down and cause us to look at our otherwise wonderful lives through an irritated and gloomy lens.
Posts in the "Getting Through Hard Times" category:
Have you heard this phrase before? It used to drive me crazy to hear this when I had little kids with so many needs that often added up to feel like pretty big problems. But now that I have teenagers, I can see why this phrase gets passed around among parents so much.
This past fifteen years as a mom has sure taught me a lot about letting go, about getting over things, about fixing and moving on, about trial and error, and about finding beauty in the midst of hard stuff. A recent hike with my kids helped me realize all this more deeply.
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.
In this episode, Saren shares some experiences she’s had with one of those age-old parenting issues – getting kids to clean up their room. She also shares some helpful tips for figuring out when it may be time to “give up” or simply let up on certain things that we want our children to do as we respect their opinions and needs and build our relationships with them.
Are you outlasting the challenges of motherhood? Or is your endurance in need of some work? As mothers, we need to remember that we are built for the long haul—to outlast the hard moments, days, weeks, and years we have before us. We are built to last.
Must-haves in an emergency go-bag can double to prepare your child both physically and psychologically.
The luminous love I feel for my baby, the gift I can offer her through the simple act of walking her to sleep, does not burn me—it gives me a warm, glowing happiness I refuse to share. I know it will elude me soon enough.
A trusted friend once told me, “In motherhood, the hard moments sometimes outnumber the beautiful moments, but the beautiful moments always outweigh the hard moments.” I have developed a few strategies to give the perfect moments in motherhood even more weight so they can anchor me through the hard times.
“Was I being fake? I don’t think so. I think by choosing to act like I had energy, I actually started to feel energetic. Act the way you want to feel, not the other way around.”
Ramona Zabriskie, author of Wife for Life, shares how transforming her marriage also transformed her motherhood and brought amazing results.
How do you deal with stressful situations in a healthy way? Rachel Nielson has a simple, effective way to handle frustration without resorting to negativity.