How To Be A Better Mom
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#1. Self Care
Self care is everywhere! People talk about it A LOT and I think part of that has to do with the increased awareness of mental health issues. I’m worried that soon it’s going to become this “trendy” topic that people just roll their eyes at, but the truth is, self care is so important for anyone’s health! And if you’re a busy mom, trying to “have it all” but sometimes feel yourself breaking down or like you want to give up, then chances are you need some more time for self care!
There are a lot of ways you can add more self care into your life, even if you can’t get a babysitter. Check out the tips I have for self care here:
Self care gives us more patience when it comes to our children, and sometimes we need all the patience we can get!
#2. Invest In Yourself
To become a better mom continue to invest in yourself, the same way at a job you might continue your education and training to become better at your job. Read books, listen to podcasts, read research articles about parenting and brain development, all these investments can make you a better mom.
#3. Re-Adjust Your Standards
If you want to be a better mom, you might need to change your standards for yourself. Figure out what the real prioritizes are in a day, and then don’t make yourself feel bad for not getting something accomplished if it was on the bottom of your to do list anyways.
This doesn’t mean you have to be a mom with low standards and become lazy or anything, but you should know exactly what you are capable of within 24 hours and what’s truly important to your family. If you compare yourself to other moms, you will NOT feel like a good mom.
#4. Lean Into Your Own Gifts
I’m serious – don’t try to be like other moms! Look at your own gifts and bring that into how you parent your child. If baking isn’t your thing, don’t feel bad when you see other moms doing extravagant baking projects with their kids. Maybe you’re better at making up stories and making your children laugh. You might not be able to put that on Instagram, but Instagram isn’t where our value as a mom is measured anyways.
Whatever your personal gifts are, lean into them and make the best out of it to be an even more amazing mom than you already are!
#5. Take Care of Your Confidence
Most moms out there are ALREADY great (yourself included) but what makes us feel like we aren’t good moms is a lack of confidence. If you missed it, I have a free workshop called 5 Steps to Mom Confidence to help moms with this issue.
One great way to nurture your mom confidence this year, is to intentionally take notice of the things you know you are doing RIGHT as a mom. Why not start a journal and call it, “Mom Wins,” and write down all the things you do right as a mom! This will help you to remember that you are a super awesome mom! Nurture that confidence mama! A big part of becoming a better mom this year, is believing that you have it in you, and truly knowing that you’re already a great mom!
You are a super awesome mom!
And don’t you forget it! Becoming a “better mom” is a vague idea, but if there is something specific that you know you are struggling with as a mom, then make sure to seek our resources to help you with that.
Here are some common issues mom struggle with:
- Feeling impatient and irritated
- Struggling with their child’s eating habits
- Not being able to get their child to go to bed easily
- Trying to constantly keep up with other tasks while balancing motherhood (such as cleaning, cooking, a job, a business, etc.)
- Feeling like no matter what they do they’ll never measure up to the “other moms”
If you struggle with any of those particular areas, how can I help? I don’t want you to feel alone on this journey through parenting. Leave a comment to let me know so I can see how I can help.
The Moving Mama
Lizzy Mash is an experienced early childhood educator now living in Africa as a missionary working with children and families.
She teaches Christian moms how to take a more respectful and Christ-like approach to motherhood by using Gentle Parenting strategies.
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