What can I do?
1. I can guard my schedule so I have energy for my family.
2. I can limit our activities after school and make sure our family has "down time".
3. I can pray throughout the day for myself. My favorite verse to pray as a mom is Col. 3:12 "Clothe yourselves (daily) with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience."
4. I can stop expecting perfection from myself. The truth is I am going to mess up as a mom. I am human. I am flawed. I have to let go of the idea that I must be a perfect mom. When I mess up, I need to take responsibility. I need to look for "progress" in my life not "perfection".
5. I can read this "Mommy Prayer" over and over again. I compiled this list of mommy reminders from some of my favorite parenting books.
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Here are the written words of the prayer:
God, help me to:
put on kindness
put on tenderhearted mercy
be gentle and not harsh
use empathy in instruction
respond not react
train/instruct in love
listen, really listen
smile often enjoy my child
touch or hug my child
point out my child's strengths
remember my child is a precious gift
build up my child
spend time with my child
and pray like crazy.
For a closer look at how I choose to instruct my little guys check out my blog entry called "Disciplining/Instructing the little ones."