All of us, men and women, need regular doses of encouragement and support. We need someone to look at what we’re doing well and say, “You are great at that!” So often, we receive a shopping list of “areas of improvement,” either from someone else – like bosses – or in our own minds, usually in someone else’s voice. Rarely do we hear what our areas of greatness are.
That’s what this blog is for. While titled for Moms and geared toward them primarily, certainly we know that Dads often need words of encouragement, too. Ladies, when’s the last time you told your husband or significant other, “You’re a fantastic dad!” or “I’m lucky to have you in my life, because you’re wonderful at ______”?
Not only will this blog offer words of encouragement and insight, I’ll also be inviting you into my life. What does my life look like? I’m a wife, mother, small business owner and a homeschool teacher. I’m behind by two loads of laundry, my bedroom has clothes scattered everywhere, there are dishes in the sink and I’ve got purple circles under my eyes today. In short, while I’m doing a lot, I’m hardly doing it perfectly. And you know what? That’s OK, because I’m created to be used as God wants to use me, not as people think I should be. My children know they’re loved, they’re going to have delicious leftovers for dinner and at least one load of laundry will be done by the time I turn my light out tonight.
I’ll be honest. I have days where I think I fail as a mother. Do you ever feel like that? I bet you do once in a while. How do you get out of that? What helps me is when someone besides my husband tells me, “You’re a great mom!” I’ve got friends to lean on and I enjoy reading well thought-out articles written by some down-to-earth parenting experts who are parents themselves. I’ll post links to those articles from time to time. I will try daily to remind you, “You’re a good parent,” because we really do need to hear that on a regular basis.
If there are any topics you wish for me to cover, please let me know. I’ll admit, I don’t know a whole lot about parenting teens, as my two are 7 years and 14 months; if you’d like to guest post, absolutely let me know that, too! We’re all on this parenting journey together. Let’s have some fun with it!