Tough Mothering Day? 3 Powerful Tips to Turn It Around



It's 8:00 p.m. and, mama, you're tired. You're exhausted by a tough mothering day with no end. We’ve ALL been there. But there’s hope! Here’s how to drag yourself out of the funk and get back to being the mom you want to be!

Tip #1: Celebrate Daily Victories.

Do you have days when you aren’t sure if you accomplished anything? I definitely do! That’s when I pull out a piece of paper and take inventory of the day.

I write down everything we did. Then I go back and mark those things that would not have happened without me there:

•My four-year-old wouldn’t have learned his shapes and colors.

•My son wouldn’t have any clean laundry for soccer practice tomorrow.

•My family wouldn’t have had a home-cooked dinner together.

•My tween would still feel anxious about that friendship dilemma he’s dealing with.

These are important!

At first we may write off these “simple” things, but aren’t these the things that change the lives of the ones we love the most?

We truly are changing the world with our small-yet-mighty acts of service and love to our family.

Every single day, friends.

Yes, mom, we are making a difference, and these daily victories remind us that motherhood’s challenges are worth it.

But how can we have freedom and peace in this midst of these (often very difficult) trials?

That’s what I want to share next (you won’t want to miss this!).


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Leave a Reply 17 comments

Patsy Bolden - April 30, 2016 Reply

Great article!! Happy Mothers Day!

Kathryn - April 30, 2016 Reply

Hey Alicia,
I was 33 when I became a mama and I have 2 kids! - April 30, 2016 Reply

I had my daughter when I was 32. Two days later I turned 33. I joke with my daughter that she aged me a year before we even left the hospital. Although I wanted a house full of kids, the Lord had other plans. She is my only one.

    Alicia Michelle - May 1, 2016 Reply

    That’s hilarious! I love it. 🙂 🙂 And it sounds like your daughter is especially precious! Enjoy these moments with her. 🙂

Elizabeth Trainer - May 1, 2016 Reply

Yay! My mixer is falling apart!

Rebecca Harris - May 2, 2016 Reply

I was 26 when I first became a mama! I have 4 children now and they are a blessing!

Katriza - May 23, 2016 Reply

Hi! I enjoyed reading this because I absolutely feel like I have those crazy mommy days more than I’d like to admit and I wonder, ” What the heck am I doing wrong now? ” I loved your advice! I got lost a little bit on your page not realizing I hitting “Next” would just take me into the post more (which I love, tell me how you do it?!) but I thought I would be navigating away from what I wanted to read! LOL!

Lauren - May 25, 2016 Reply

Awesome tips! Thanks for sharing

Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled - May 26, 2016 Reply

This article has great timing. I’ve been having a rough few days, coupled with the kids out of school for the summer and getting a cold which lowers my patience. Number 2 resonates with me that I need to accept that my 7 year old will be dramatic about her life, my 4 year old probably isn’t going to be the best listener right now and my 2 year old will want me to hold him while I’m trying to cook dinner. The calm life I want probably isn’t going to happen right now. Maybe in a few years time when everyone is a little older and more capable but not right now. Lowering your expectations and pressure put on self and accepting what is is hard but necessary, I think. Visiting from This Is How We Roll party.

    Alicia Michelle - May 27, 2016 Reply

    I’m so thrilled about the timing of this piece! Being sick and having the kids out for summer definitely can bring on the mommy grouch! LOL I love what you said here in relation to lowering your expectations for the season you’re in right now. Yes! So important. Hang in there!

Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle - May 28, 2016 Reply

All the help you can give moms is so welcome. Keep the wisdom and support coming.


    Alicia Michelle - May 28, 2016 Reply

    Thank you so much, Kathleen! It is my passion to allow God to work through me to encourage and support moms! Blessings to you!

Lisa/SyncopatedMama - June 1, 2016 Reply

I was 39 when I first became a mother, so I have to stop and offer myself a bit of grace pretty often when I realize that I just might not be able to do everything a younger version of myself might have, and that’s okay! Thanks for joining us at #FridayFrivolity this week!

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