I am so excited that my sweet friend Deonna Wade over at The Child At Heart Blog is guest posting for me today! Stop by and check out here blog! She has so many fun posts on DIY, recipes, inspiration, and a whole lot more! So without further ado here she is!
Hey everyone! It’s Deonna from the Child at Heart blog. I was asked by Darcy to write about how to be content as a mom because Darcy isn’t a mom just yet 🙂 I decided to write about being a stay-at-home mom since that is what I know.
So how am I content as a stay at home mom? I would consider myself very happy so I started thinking about what is so wonderful about being with my little guy every day. Here a few things I noticed and would love to share with other moms who are on a similar journey.
Realize that they are only that age once and enjoy it! I read this book in Barnes and Noble the other day and I started crying in the children’s section. If you aren’t a mom yet, you will soon understand 🙂
It’s basically about how a mom wishes her child could stay little forever but then she realizes that if he did, she would never see him grow up to do amazing things. I realized in that moment that I was always saying things like “I can’t wait until Cole is potty trained” or “I can’t wait until he can tie his own shoes.” I realized that I was wishing his life away when wonderful, precious moments were happening right now. I have been trying to enjoy every moment with him and realize that someday he might not want to just lay on me anymore like he wants to now. I need to hug and kiss and squeeze him as much as I can while he will still let me 🙂
Don’t make your clean home or social life be a priority over your child. This one is really hard for me because I can feel like my life is in turmoil if my house isn’t picked up. I guess that’s my Type A coming out a little bit. I have finally learned after a few years of mommyhood that the whole world will not come to an end if the dishes aren’t done. Also be careful about overbooking yourself while your kids are still at home. I am active in my church and have friends that I go do things with but I have lots of days each week where I am at home with my son all day and get to just play and enjoy him.
This too shall pass. My mom used to tell me this a lot when I was little because I was that girl that would take a small thing and make it HUGE! I can still be that way on occasion and I just have to remember that if my son is throwing a fit in public most moms are looking at me with love, not judgement. In fact, on many occasions when I have been having trouble in a store or restaurant, I will have a woman come up to me and say “been there!” It can even be hard when your child is throwing a fit or sick at home. Just remember that they love you regardless of how they are treating you in that moment.
Your children are a gift, not an inconvenience. I saw this quote the other day and it really struck a chord with me. I have been guilty of acting super annoyed that I had to take my son somewhere or getting upset when he wakes up from a nap during my “me time.” Part of being content as a mom is realizing that every moment of your day isn’t going to be easy or convenient. Parenting is the hardest job in the world. The secret is remembering that for every hard time, there are thousands of wonderful moments that you will share.
What is your secret to being content as a mom?
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