Spending your days at home with little ones can be sweet in one million ways, but it can also be difficult! I recently wrote a little bit about how Motherhood hasn’t been what I expected, and I talked about some of the things I have struggled with – especially in those early days of being a full-time mom. Maybe you find yourself relating to some of those same feelings that I had. If so, this post is for you! I have discovered 3 Ways to Thrive as a Full-Time Mom, and anytime I start to sense that I’m a little off track, I come back to these three things, and they work every single time!
3 Ways to Thrive as a Full-Time Mom
Rest secure in your calling!
Before you can truly thrive in service to your family, it is important to wholeheartedly embrace your role as mommy to your little ones – resting secure in God’s design for the home. Motherhood is a calling that was never intended to be passed off or hired out to someone else. You have been chosen by God as the one to nurture your home environment, and while the world will seek to disillusion you with this idea, you can rest assured that our Heavenly Father will make beautiful things out of your faithful (and oftentimes very quiet) service to Him. When your heart is fixed on remaining committed to your God-ordained role as Mom, He will provide everything you need to accomplish what He has asked of you! The daily ins-and-outs of what this looks like will be different for each family and may change throughout different seasons of life, but as you consistently focus on serving your family well, you will be tremendously blessed, and your children will reap benefits that you may never see on this side of eternity.
Don’t forget to laugh!
I once read a piece of advice that encouraged moms to make their children belly laugh – at least once a day! I love that! I decided that I would make this my goal…and it has gone a long way toward adding more laughter in to our home! Yes, we laugh a lot around here, but I’ve decided one can never laugh too much…well, unless they’ve given birth to three hefty babies and then…well, never mind. Laughing with my kids is medicine to my soul, and learning to laugh at myself? Now that’s even better medicine! There are some things in a mama’s day that can literally drive a woman crazy…if we let them! Sometimes, the best thing we can do for our family is lighten up a little bit…relax…and laugh!
Always be grateful!
It is so easy to become discouraged…to spend too much time focused on the hard parts of investing your family, but when I find myself headed down that road I try to remember that my hard is actually someone else’s dream. There are countless women around us who would give anything to have those soiled crib sheets to change…or that spilled milk to clean up out of the floor…or that load of muddy toddler clothes to wash…or that kitchen table to wipe down AGAIN! Fellow mamas, what if suddenly all of these things were stripped from us? How would our perspective change? Would we wish we had been more grateful for even the difficult moments? Would we regret having not enjoyed more moments with the ones we love most? Yes, the ones who can drive us crazy sometimes.
I’m thrilled you’re here, and I am so thankful that we are on this motherhood journey together!
Be encouraged! I know you are doing a fantastic job!