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Really try to stop comparing yourself to other moms–no one wins. You will always find someone  who is bigger, stronger, and faster, if you are looking for it. When you embrace who YOU are and focus on what YOU want out of motherhood, then living up to your dreams and ideals becomes your goal. And achieving it is your focus. Who has energy to waste on anything or anyone else? Think of how much more fun you will have with your family when you live YOUR dream , as opposed to trying to live the dream of another!

You can have it all, just not all at the same time. You cannot be all things to all people. It takes courage and confidence to say, “No.” It isn’t easy, yet it’s vital to have a clear sense of your priorities–for yourself & your family. Your kids are watching you and learning how to juggle the demands of motherhood, while growing personally in the process. You are teaching them. What a privilege!

Are you fortunate enough to have someone you turn to for help? That one person that you can be say anything to, who supports you as you raise your family and vice-versa? If not, find her. She will be your salvation–celebrating you in the good times and buoying you in the rough ones. Life is sweeter when shared.

The Greatest Privilege

by Amy Hilbrich Davis

in Daily Insights

Motherhood is hard–hard mentally, emotionally, and physically. I know. Yet when you think about it, is there any greater privilege? Stay in that moment; in the one that honors the difficulties without judgement and celebrates the lives that you are nurturing. You are amazing!

Your Mindset  or how you think, matters. It affects how you act, which affects your results. If you believe that you can, you will! . You are your child’s most powerful role model. Live the life you want them to live. They are watching and learning.  You can absolutely achieve your dreams. Show your kids how!

We’ve all been raised to believe that motherhood is an instinct. Well, I disagree! Although I  think that it’s natural to want to “protect” and “feed” our kids, raising them with integrity, work ethic, responsibility, faith, etc. is a skill and one that benefits from training and development. Like any profession or job, training and development is smart–it works. We become more effective and efficient.  Don’t feel “less” because you don’t know how to do something as a mom.  How could you?  Seek out experts, people whom you trust to guide you on your journey. You will feel happier, healthier, and more successful when you start to view motherhood through this lens and not the lens of  self-judgement–you really will.