“Enjoy every minute because the time goes so fast!” Every mother of young children has been offered this advice. Yet for moms in the thick of it, this advice is neither realistic nor attainable. A tired, overwhelmed mom can easily internalize these well-intentioned words into guilt-laced, negative self-talk.
“What is wrong with me?”
“Why aren’t I enjoying my kids more?”
“Why do I feel so overwhelmed when other moms seem so normal?”
“I should be more patient and joyful. I’m a Christian—I shouldn’t be struggling so much.”
If you’ve said those things, you’re normal!
We will not enjoy every minute of this journey, but we can find joy in each season. In this episode, Becky Baudouin, author of Enjoy Every Moment and Other Ridiculous Things We Say to Moms, and I talk about how much guilt and shame moms unknowingly take on.
We dig into common myths such as, “God will never give you more than you can handle,” and “The most important thing is that your kids are happy.” My prayer is that this conversation helps crush the mom clichés so you can experience freedom from the guilt and shame that rob you of joy.
Resources mentioned in this Episode:
Enjoy Every Moment and Other Ridiculous Things We Say to Moms by Becky Baudouin
No More Perfect Kids: Love Your Kids for Who They Are by Jill Savage and Dr. Kathy Koch
About Becky Baudouin:
Becky is an author and speaker who engages audiences with compelling stories and transforming truths. She loves to weave together personal stories with biblical insights to encourage and equip others who are walking through the ups and downs of everyday life. Wife to Bernie, and mom to three daughters, the Baudouins have called Chicago home for more than twenty years. Becky is a friendly introvert, a self-described homebody, and if you’re looking for her, she’s probably in the kitchen. Find Becky on her website, Instagram, and Facebook.
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