Some call me a mommy blogger. Some call me crazy. I would rather be called September, mama to ten, and totally not stressing over the little things in life. Well, and then I blog about it. For you. Because I want you to know that life gets easier, funnier and less stressful as your children grow up. Kinda.
Here are Five Tips For Any Stressed Out Mama:
1. Don’t waste too much time and money re-stocking toothbrushes.
There will be one universal go-to toothbrush, and it will always be yours. Without fail. You can label them, organize them, make special holders for them, but yours will be used by everyone at one point or another. Whether by accident or on purpose, you will discover your toothbrush wet and sticky at least one day a week while raising little ones. Embrace it. It is just germs. Mom’s are super-hero germ fighters. Right?
2. You will begin to call your child(ren) by the wrong name(s).
Don’t worry. You are NOT losing your mind. And your children will learn to adapt and answer to Joe, Bob, Mary and Beth. Or any of the above. They just do. They adapt, and we can too. It is normal, and you do not have to fear your children having an identity crisis. When they make fun of you, just let it roll off your shoulders and laugh with them. They will be happy to see you smile.
3. Some day your children will be out of diapers and you will have bigger problems.
Your clothing, shoes, razors, shampoos and any or all personal property will always be missing. Always in someone else’s room, on their person or in a pile. The loan, lease and borrow policy needs to be established early on. Begin writing out a contract for all of your personal possessions, (except for your toothbrush) and make copies. Then throw it away, because in any strong family, we teach sharing. And your children will be happy to remind you of this.
4. Learn to laugh at the big and small things.
Most of life will be made up of small moments. Taking them in stride can save your life. The big moments can be hard, long, joy-filled and glorious, but take up more of our life. Save the space, and let the good times roll. Laughter is a gift, and when we take ourselves and motherhood to seriously, we lose all of the wonder in those small moments. We eventually forget them. Open your hands to hold them, open your eyes to see them, and open your heart to laughter. It is glorious.
5. Stuff doesn’t matter.
Everything you will ever need to be a mom is in your heart, your head and in your purse. Really. You know it. Like the back of your hand. If we threw the envy, the toys, the lists and the pinterest boards out the window, you would have your brood, laughter, your toothbrush and a house full of love. Let the aiming and striving for gain, for stuff and for entertainment slip past you. Talk, play, walk, run and seek His face together. This is motherhood in all of its glory. You will never regret not having more stuff to clutter your life with. Simple as it is, it works. All they want is you. All God wants is us. Be available. Nothing else matters.
Just a few simple tips to keep you going today. And if the toothbrush thing really grossed you out, sorry. I have learned (and am still learning) to roll with the punches.
How about you? Your time-tested tips for every stressful mama?