Hello again! I am so grateful to be over here again sharing!
My name is Keri and I blog over at Living In This Season. I love connecting with other women and sharing our stories and encouraging one another. Last time I really enjoyed sharing a little about taking time for yourself, which I know can be so hard as a mom. Today, I wanted to talk a little about motherhood in the summer.
Here we are already in July! This summer has been a good one for us full of a lot of simple things. The boys have been into pretend play, Legos, and swimming so I am embracing all of these things. We have had a few outings to parks and we have enjoyed some water play.
There have, of course, been rough moments. Moments of fighting, tiredness, and boredom but I am trying to give us all grace with this. Having the expectation of a perfect summer is going to result in feeling like a failure, because kids get tired, moms get tired, kids fight, and whine. I think as I move through summer being aware of my expectations has been key this summer.
How has your summer been going? I would love to sit down over coffee and talk about it. I know sometimes you just need another mom to relate to. If you were having a bad day here is what I would share:
1) You are a good mom. Sometimes on the rough days we need to hear this reminder. In the midst of the tantrums and the moments gone wrong, you are a good mom.
2) Let go of the frustrations. It does us no good to hold onto these things- just let them go. I often will have to stop myself mid thought and say "Is this worth holding onto?" Then I consciously work to think of something to be grateful for in the moment and let go of the frustrating moment.
3) Tomorrow is a new day. We can start fresh each day with a new outlook. We can have realistic expectations and know that even when things go badly, we can always start fresh.
As you go through the rest of your summer, I hope you have some memories you can savor and cherish the time. If you would like to read more practical tips about thriving in your summer, check out my e-book Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive HERE.
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