This post is the introductory post to a 5-part series about Rhythms & Grace in Everyday Mom Life. The series is short, sweet, and chock full of practical ideas for eliminating some of the stress from the mundane day-to-day tasks of motherhood. I suggest reading the intro first, then working your way through the posts in order. They each build on the previous posts. Feel free to leave comments throughout the series. Good luck & I hope this series is a blessing to you!
This idea of rhythms & grace has changed my life.
Dramatic much? [eyeroll emoji.]
But seriously. At the very least, it’s drastically changed my mothering.
Rhythms & grace have taken me from a survival-mode-stay-at-home-mom to a mom who enjoys her kids… most of the time.
From desperately awaiting my husband’s “on my way home” text to enjoying the ins and outs of our days, just me and the littles.
From feeling like my kids were always in the way of what I wanted to do to embracing my role as shaping the next generation of adults.
We aren’t just changing diapers and administering time outs and teaching “please and thank you…”
We’re raising humans.
When I first stopped working to stay home, my first daughter was 8 months old, and it was a whirlwind. We’d just moved across the country to Boston, and knew nobody. My husband was starting a super intense grad school program, and I had no friends, no car, and no idea how to pass the days with my 8 month old.
1 month later, we got pregnant with our second, and it was all so overwhelming.
Fast forward 3 1/2 years later… We have 3 kids, 4 and under.
You’d think it’d all be more overwhelming.
But, like I said, this concept of rhythms & grace has drastically changed my mothering.
Rhythms have changed the way I approach schedules, laundry, and cleaning. And grace has changed my heart… both in general, and specifically towards my children.
So that’s where this free email course comes from.
It’s a response to the emails and Instagram DMs and Facebook messages I get that say,
“How do you do it with 3? I’m barely surviving with 1.”
“It’s so much harder than I thought.”
“I just can’t get her to nap on her own and I’m so tired.”
And on and on.
You guys, mommas have been raising babies like a boss since the beginning of time.
You can do this.
Release yourself from the pressure of Pinterest and the idea that you can be a perfect mom. You can’t. Neither can I.
We’re imperfect mommas raising imperfect kids.
But we can sure as heck enjoy it and not let every single thing and every single day feel overwhelming and stressful. Give yourself permission NOT to be stressed and anxious about every little decision. There is a lot of freedom in parenting!
That is the goal of this mini series.
The email series is only 5 posts long, but I have packed as much AWESOME into it as possible while still keeping it realistic and doable.
So, here’s what to expect:
Each post is meant to be read on its own, in sequential order. Each post contains a brief explanation of something along with a couple questions called ACTION ITEMS to help you think through exactly how the concept can work for you.
You will get the most out of this series if you do the following:
- Set aside 10-15 minutes each day, for the next 5 days, to read it and do the ACTION ITEMS.
- Try to find uninterrupted time… before your kids get up, during naptime, or after they go to bed.
- Write down your answers to all the questions/ action items. Because mom brain is real and we cannot be expected to remember things in our minds.
- Tell a friend what your plan is for one thing. You are WAY more likely to stick with something if you tell someone what you’re doing.
What is the hardest thing about mom life for you right now?
Feel free to leave your answer in the comments, journal it, or tell a friend.
Grace upon grace to you today!