You were likely told these things before you had kids. However, for most, it’s not truly appreciated until you're knee deep in dirty dishes and spending half of your waking hours (which, by the way, is more than you’d like) feeding your baby and the other half cutting up fruit into bite-sized pieces for your toddler.
Let’s start with the obvious. Motherhood is the hardest job you’ll ever have and it can be overwhelming and stressful. I have first-hand experience.
Or, maybe, your kids are a bit older now and off to school. Now, you find your days filled with less manual labor but more mental effort as they start to have relationships on their own. You worry…. Are they making friends? Being respectful to their teacher? Learning what they need to?
And then there are the tween and teen years. Research shows that these years are when mamas are the least happy and most stressed. Let’s just summarize by saying they might make you wish you could go back to those apple chopping days.
Now, I want you to know a couple of things...
First, I see you. I REALLY do. I know all the behind the scenes work that mothers are responsible for in families. All the work that is invisible to everyone else. I know it’s exhausting and difficult and overwhelming.
(Psssst: You’re doing a great job. I promise you,
Second, this responsibility, as enormous as it is, can be the source of a different story. A story in which stress, worry, and overwhelm aren’t the main characters. A story where you crawl out from under the weight of that responsibility and use it as fuel to rise up as an empowered leader for your family.
‘Cause that’s what you are, Mama! A strong, powerful, leader that is shaping our world one kiddo at a time. Yeah! That’s you!