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Do you ever say the words ‘I am a good mom’?
First of all…YOU ARE A GOOD MOM!
I think we often dwell on how we have failed, and even label ourselves as a bad mom at times. Social media is full of avenues to vent about the struggles of motherhood, which can help us not feel alone as we endure them, but it can encourage our minds to keep thinking about those tough moments.
I think we need to start a new trend or a movement of finishing this sentence: ‘I am a good mom because…’ and therefore fill our minds with reminders of how we are doing great! If you are doing the best you can then that is all that matters!
Through reading “Hope Unfolding” by Becky Thompson I was truly encouraged as a mother. It is a must read and filled my heart with hope and reminded me that I am enough!
What would it look like if we accepted the truth that we don’t have to be perfect to be the best moms to our kids?
–Hope Unfolding, Becky Thompson, p.199
The enemy is a strong force trying to tear us moms down and test our limits. God is stronger than the enemy so we need Him to stand firm and rock this motherhood thing!
Do you want to know why the Enemy wants us to live like we are bad at everything we do? Because, friend, if we get a hold of the Truth that we are created in the image of God, that we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus, that we are loved and called children of the most High God, we would be unstoppable.
–Hope Unfolding, Becky Thompson, p.190
I am an instructor with Fit4Mom Charleston and I used that sentance as our class ice breaker a few weeks ago. It was interesting how like myself several of the Mamas had a hard time finishing that sentence. Why is it hard for us moms to answer it? Why can we easily answer ‘I was a bad mom when…’? For me I felt a little conceited when answering it but then I decided I needed to be proud of being a good mom and remind myself daily of how I am one. Is it hard for you to come up with something? Even the little things matter and here are a few categories to help you get thinking.
How I Can Be a Good Mom
Food: Do you feed your children? Provide them opportunities to eat?…and maybe even fill their plates following the USDA Food Guides (Way to go Mama!)?
Fun: Do your children experience joy? Get outside to run around or go to the park to play with friends? Make messes and love every minute of it? Play with playdough (my nightmare haha)?
Those are just two category examples but there are so many other areas where we are good moms.
I challenge you to take a few minutes and finish the sentance “I am a good mom because…”.
If you are reading this and you are not a mother then I challenge you to tell your mother, or one you know, why they are a good mom. Send them the graphic below and encourage them to think positively about their role as a mom.
Use the hashtag #iamagoodmom if you post on social media and tag me! Let’s start a movement of proud moms!
In my opinion the most important category is Faith. Motherhood without God would be impossible. I want to raise my girls knowing Jesus and knowing His love. No earthly measure of my “goodness” matters….what matters is that I am raising them in a Godly manner. Showing them unconditional love is my number one priority as a mother. Also, spending time with Him is the only way to prepare myself each day for the challenges of motherhood. This way I can be like Him as I discipline and love on my girls.
The more time that we spend reading the Word or in prayer seeking the Father’s face, the more we will become familiar with who He is, and the more we will naturally begin to act and speak and think like Him.
–Hope Unfolding, Becky Thompson, p.179
Letter for My Daughters
I am YOUR mother. I am a good mom! God created me to be your mom and I am exactly what you need as a mother. I love you both with my whole heart and I thank God I get to be your mom. Forgive me of the times I mess up and please don’t hold them against me because motherhood is hard. We are all sinners and will mess up, but because of Jesus we are able to be forgiven and our sins washed clean.
My hope is that I can give you a childhood full of happy memories and help prepare you for life ahead.
I will always forgive you. You are a good person. You are a child of God. You are loved.