Tough Mothering Day? 3 Powerful Tips to Turn It Around

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Tip #3: Offer Grace to Your Loved Ones (and to Yourself).

Perhaps your oldest son is upset about losing last night’s game and that’s why he has been a grouch all day.

Or maybe your husband got home from an exhausting business trip and has wanted nothing more than to be left alone upstairs while you (still) keep things moving with the kids by yourself.

Or, it could be that you were the one who blew it. Perhaps you let mommy anger get the best of you today. (By the way, if you struggle with this, you’re not alone. You’ve got to check out the “7 Days to a Less Angry Mom” course that’s literally changing the lives of hundreds of women worldwide).


Ephesians 4:1-3 is one of my favorite Bible verses because it helps us understand ourselves and others in these challenging moments.

It helps us understand that our family members will, from time to time, do hurtful things… and so will we.

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3, emphasis mine)

And then there’s this amazing verse (Lamentations 3:22-23):

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.

We–and our family members–have the chance to start over new every morning!

Thank goodness that we have the wonderful example of a loving Father who says:

“I forgive you. It’s all going to be OK. And tomorrow is a brand new day to start over.”

Hang in there! You will get through this, and you’ll be stronger because of it!

Embrace today’s challenges as a way to build up your tomorrows!


Other Posts to Encourage You as a Mom:

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You want to pray more, but HOW does it happen when life is so chaotic? These 23 tips will help you discover how YES you can have a powerful prayer life even as a busy mom. Learn 9 ways that prayer can change everything for your family, 2 things your prayer life must have; How to make prayer a priority even when you feel time-strapped; 6 incredible resources that give specific plans on how to pray for our husband and/or kids; What your prayer room can look like (video), and 6 ways to make can make prayer work as a busy mom! Don’t miss this amazing post full of fabulous resources!


Mommy Anger: My Confession and Why You’re Not Alone

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About Alicia Michelle

As a wife and mom to four passionate kids, Alicia Michelle loves encouraging other moms with practical tips for joy-filled living in everyday life, especially in parenting, marriage, faith and health.Alicia is the owner/editor of Your Vibrant Family; the author of Plan to Be Flexible, The Back to School Survival Manual; and the creator/producer of the "7 Days to a Less Angry Mom Online Video Course,", Christ-Centered Christmas Resources and My Memory Box Organizing System. In addition, she is a monthly contributor for several popular family blogs, including her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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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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