Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Motherhood in the Summer: 3 Tips to Remember on the Rough Days by Keri at Living In This Season

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.
  Motherhood in the Summer- Tips to Thrive


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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16 comments:

  1. Thank you for letting me share some today!

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  2. Knowing that the day will end and tomorrow is fresh with no mistakes or tantrums in it yet is what gets me through the rough days the best. Thanks, Keri, for sharing these tips.

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  3. Oh these are great reminders. Going from full time work to full time summer is a hard transition on me! Taking it one new day at a time!

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  4. Beautiful reminders. Never be too harsh on yourself. :)

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  5. Great reminders. I think we all have rough days. But thank goodness tomorrow is always a new day!

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  6. Good reminders! My schedule stays almost the same during the summer, but I think I underestimated how much the changing schedules of people and places around me would shake me out of my comfy little rut. I'm still a newish mom, and this has been a learning experience!

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  7. And all the mamas said, "Amen!". Thanks for sharing what the rest of us are feeling! Summertime is amazing but it's filled with lots of frustrating days too! I'm so glad you linked up with Waiting on...Wednesday! Hope to see you back tomorrow!

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  8. To go along with your suggestion that tomorrow is a new day, I would add that a good night sleep can make lots of things better -- both for moms and kids! Great suggestions!

    Thanks so much for sharing at Grandma Ideas Sharing Time link party. I really appreciate your participation!

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  9. Thanks Julie- so true, I had to tell myself these reminders today!

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  10. Thanks, why are we so hard on ourselves?!

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  11. Yes yes! I was telling myself this earlier today!

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  12. Congrats on being a newish mom Amy! So exciting! It is a wonderful wonderful thing, even with all the crazy!

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  13. Oh yes Nina, that is such a good one!

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  14. Staying on a routine even in the summer months I think helps a lot. I know it does me. Remember the movie Annie, "tomorrow, tomorrow it's only a day away." Good thing I'm not singing it to you!

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