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I love to read, learn, and see what others are doing in their role as a mama… because I want to thrive as a mom.  I want to be a great mom!

how to thrive as a mom

There are so many amazing moms out there who are doing incredible things. I see these ideas and want to do it all.
So I run around trying to do it all and I fall flat on my face in a mess of flour, paint, crayons, and whatever else gets caught in the mess.  Because that is what happens when you try to do it all as a mom, you fail.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live that way. Instead, I want to thrive as a mom. Thriving as a mom really does not need to be as hard as we think.

I believe with 3 simple steps, we all can start our journey to thriving as moms…

1) Know what your gifts/strengths are:

You may be really good at crafts or play dates or playing games.  Figure out what you are strong in. Write down your strengths and activities that feed your soul and give you life.

2) Embrace your strengths:

Once you know what your strengths are, embrace them.
If the thought of breaking out the paint and stickers stresses you out, don’t do it. Maybe you enjoy taking your kids to a park or on a play date- these are the activities you focus on.
We will always end up drained and unhappy when we are spinning our wheels trying to be everything. Instead of being everything, we need to be our unique selves. Each of us were given specific children to parent and we all have the right strengths and gifts to parent these little ones. We just need to utilize what we have been given.

3) Be a cheerleader for other moms:

Instead of focusing on what you are not good at or letting jealousy creep in, cheer on your fellow mom friends.
We are each unique, with different gifts, so we will all mother differently. We also each have different kids with different needs. Being a mama is going to look different to each of us, and that is okay.
Let us be each other’s cheerleaders in this motherhood journey. Choose joy instead of jealousy and comparison and watch your life be filled with so much more joy than you could ever imagine.  When we choose to embrace our unique selves, we are able to thrive and grow as a mom. That is what we all want isn’t it? To be growing instead of withering away.

So today, I encourage you to stop looking around and comparing yourself to what everyone else is doing and ask yourself- what are my strengths?

*** Keri is an amazing writer and she shares weekly tips for busy moms over at Living In This Season on Wednesdays. If you would like to contribute to this series, please contact her for more information.

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Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. Thank you so much, Keri, for writing this post. It is short and sweet and yet it says SO MUCH. Very powerful, uplifting words. I am a faith-filled SAHM and I have been struggling trying to be all things to my two little boys (4 years & 21 months), as well as my husband and then I’m left either feeling inadequate for not measuring up to the endless world of blog moms or feeling guilty for not trying harder at the things that aren’t particularly my gifts. And then I’m wondering why I don’t have more joy in my life! You pretty much summed up the problem for me. We’re just not going to be happy trying to be something that we weren’t created to be. I also absolutely love your quote: “Each of us were given specific children to parent and we all have the right strengths and gifts to parent these little ones.” These are very affirming words that I hope to remember for the rest of my life. Thank you for your work!

    1. So glad this was an encouragement to you Rose! It is so important to focus on your family and what you are gifted with. We each really do have different strengths and it’s so wonderful that way! Remember when you read a blog you are seeing such a small glimpse of life. I like to share on Instagram that usually 2 minutes after I share the cute picture, my boys are fighting and all craziness! If you ever need encouragement feel free to contact via social media or email