I love the week before Mother’s Day because all these inspiring articles and sweet videos get posted that leave you feeling like you’re totally rockin’ it when it comes to motherhood–even if you felt totally lousy at it 10 minutes prior.
Last week I had a particularly exhausting day and by the time dinner came around I kind of lost it. My toddler kept throwing her food onto the floor (which is getting hard to bend down and clean up at eight months pregnant), and as I tried explaining to her once again that we don’t throw our food on the floor, she took a handful of food and threw it right in my face. “That’s it, you’re going to bed early,” I not-so-nicely said to her. I then snatched her out of her chair and walked her straight to her crib. It was only 20 minutes before her regular bedtime, but within 2 minutes I was totally feeling like the worst mother ever for reacting that way to a TODDLER who’s still trying to understand most things. I went to her room, apologized and then sang her songs. When my husband got home I broke down as I confessed to being the worst mom ever.
He totally makes fun of me for the tears that streamed down my face as I watched this commercial the very next day:
And then there was this one today that was posted by Family Share:
And that’s why I loved the week before Mother’s day! This is the kind of stuff we mother’s need to focus on, because this is the kind of stuff that motivates, inspires and makes us want to be better. Forget about the mommy wars and the judgements that you feel are coming from other moms, focus on what brings out the best in you as a mother. The internet can be both a curse and a blessing to us as mothers. What I find to be a blessing is that whenever I need a pick-me-up or some encouragement, I can usually find it through an inspiring article or video. It was fun to see that the video I watched today was posted by Family Share because I just discovered their website the other day and it’s the perfect site for building, motivating and teaching. It’s like a mommy blog on steroids: There are articles and information on anything you can imagine. In fact, I should be hesitant in sharing it with you because you might go there and then stop reading my blog (please don’t)!
What I love about Family Share is that everything is centered around families, and it’s centered around families of all faiths.
I LOVED this article about “Unfailing Lessons From and Imperfect Mother.” It touched my heart about what one mother learned from her own “imperfect mother” who suffered from mental illness. :
I also enjoyed this article on becoming the mother you want to be. Rather than just being a “pick-me-up,” it also provides practical and motivating ways to improve and become better.
I’ve picked motherhood articles due to the holiday, but Family Share has articles and tips on EVERYTHING: Marriage, finances, faith, addiction and life challenges, fitness, pregnancy, kid’s activities, and so much more. I finally just started a Pinterest board titled “Articles I Want to Read,” because I was overwhelmed with the amount of stuff they had. Since potty training will be coming up over the next year or so, I pinned this article on Potty Training Tips:
They also have groups you can join, a place for questions and answers, and if your mom lives far away this Mother’s Day you they even have a “Show Love” section of their website where you can send greeting cards. Stop on over and check it out!
And please, Have a very Happy Mother’s Day! We truly should feel honored to bear the title.
What kind of things build you as a mother?
*This is a sponsored post brought to you by FamilyShare.com. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.*