Motherhood is easier when we can rock this 1 thing
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When you became a mother did you ever feel like you simply weren’t prepared, or that you just didn’t know what you were doing?
Despite years of professionally working with children this is exactly how I felt when I was pregnant.
I felt like I didn’t know the first thing about truly being a good mom and I always fell into a trap of comparing myself to others – never a good idea!
But one great thing about motherhood, is that it comes one day at a time. Just like labour which starts slowly and gets increasingly more painful, that’s how I feel about disciplining children. As they get a little bit older it can get more complicated but you don’t have to know EVERYTHING from day 1.
You definitely have to know a lot for day 1, whether day 1 begins with a newborn or with an older child through adoption, but you don’t have to know everything about everything starting then. And that really encouraged me.
Motherhood happens 1 day at a time.
In a day we might make mistakes, but when we choose to learn and grow from those mistakes we do better. Some days might feel harder and worse than others, but growth can happen when we allow it to happen.
Lack of confidence hinders growth.
It is really difficult to improve on ANYTHING in life though if we lack confidence in ourselves.
There are so many things that I didn’t commit my full effort into because I didn’t believe in myself. From the start I thought I’d fail, so I didn’t want to put in the energy. It seemed easier to make the excuse that I “just didn’t try” than to go through it and face my failure.
But there have also been times I have taken on huge challenges, things that I actually knew they’d be difficult to accomplish, but I believed in myself and used that as motivation to keep growing.
Motherhood is a long journey! A lifetime commitment actually, but it’s a lot easier when you can believe in yourself.
It’s easier to calm down when you believe you can.
It’s easier to have patience when you believe you can.
It’s easier to scrub up the nastiest messes without screaming when you believe you can.
It’s easier to help you child navigate school bullies when you believe you can.
Mom confidence can change the game.
I just created a free workshop on mom confidence, to help everyone who wants to overcome the insecurities that are holding them back.
Before we get started I want you to spend some time thinking about where you lack confidence – and where you know you’re rocking it!
- Are there certain interactions that trigger feelings of insecurity as a mom?
- Certain tasks that make you feel inadequate by the end of the day?
- And where do you know you’re killing it? (Sometimes this can be the harder thing to pin down.)
Spend some time reflecting on these things and get ready for the workshop – 5 Steps to Mom Confidence. Click the button below to learn more about the workshop and to sign up.
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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