10 Things Every Working Mom Needs to Hear [pt 2]

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Today is part 2 of our mini-series “10 Things Every Working Mom Needs to Hear”. Missed Part One

5. Be willing to say, “I need help.”

 

I thought when I started working more that I would be able to do everything I normally did. Laundry, kids, cleaning, cooking, writing, speaking… all of it. But I quickly found myself sinking.

 

So I went to my husband and told him something had to change very quickly. We spent some time looking through our budget and found a few ways to help like getting a babysitter when I need some extra time or hiring someone to help with a few things around the house.

 

A friend and I are also talking about doing meal doubling. We would each cook meals for our families and double the recipe to be able to give each other the meal. This would cut down on cooking a lot!

 

6. Days of discouragement are temporary.

 

Whether you’re a working mom or stay at home mom, days of discouragement are always going to be.

 

There will be days where you feel like no matter what you do, what you say or how you look at someone…it will be wrong.

 

7. Be willing to evaluate life frequently.

 

There are weeks where our schedule changes from day to day. I have learned to evaluate life frequently because I want to make the most of our time together. Sometimes this means putting certain opportunities to the side because it’s not what’s best for the entire family.

 

It also means being able to step back and see what is not working in our schedule.

 

For my youngest daughter this meant taking a break from gymnastics for a few weeks. I was making myself crazy trying to get her there every week. As hard as it was to make this decision, she wasn’t happy at first but is now looking forward to this summer where she can go to gymnastics camp.

 

8. Engage with friends as often as you can.

 

I have felt like a lot of my friendships have been struggling. And I realize it’s because of this season of life change. I won’t lie; I do miss frequent coffee and lunch dates with friends.

 

And I believe God has seen that ache in my heart…

 

A couple of weeks ago our 2 youngest daughters were at our church after school for a rehearsal for the weekend. I figured it would be a good time to run some errands so I headed across the street to a shopping center. While I was walking around I actually ran into a friend whose daughters were at the same rehearsal.

 

I felt this prompting on my heart to stop running errands and ask her to go grab a cup of coffee.

 

I’m so glad I did. It was the most refreshing hour I’d had all week.

 

God ordained that meet-up.

 

9. Don’t let the things you love slip to the side.

 

This is so important.

 

Carving out time to do the things you love whether its art, photography, writing, projects around the house or yard work is so essential. As you do the things you love in life, your soul will be refreshed.

 

10. Find a way to be spiritually encouraged frequently.

 

This is hard because time is so short. But its possible. Whether its through a Community Group, Sunday School class or Bible study… God has an encouraging community just for you.

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