Lower your expectations, forgive yourself when things go wrong and choose joy and laughter wherever you can

Parenting: Some days, you nail it – while other days you fall flat on your face as you attempt to juggle it all…

These days can leave you feeling utterly exhausted, overwhelmed and quite frankly, sapped of all joy.

If you find yourself flat on your face more often than not; then it might be time for you to sit down and take this advice to heart:

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1. Slow it down

How busy are you? Do you wake up running, only to stop when you fall into bed at night?

More is not always better – and if constant rushing and over-scheduling is leaving you feeling frazzled, then it might be time to slow it down a notch…

Prioritise what’s important, learn to say ‘no’ and let go of what you can.

At the end of the day, your kids will benefit more from a happier mom, than an extra dance class!

2. Stop comparing

Comparison is the thief of joy and for many of us, comparison (and competition) is what makes motherhood seem impossibly difficult.

Comparison is the thief of joy and for many of us, comparison (and competition) is what makes motherhood seem impossibly difficult

We push our children to compete against their classmates, compare them to our friends’ kids, and, sometimes, even size them up against random kids on our social media feeds.

We’re determined to raise the smartest, sportiest, most well-mannered kids – and this competitive nature can leave us (and our kids!) feeling drained as we get pushed and pulled in so many directions.

Wasn’t the initial goal just to raise happy kids?

Focus on your child, what makes him or her genuinely happy – and forget the ‘noise’…

In doing so; your days will be slower, your loads lighter and your hearts happier.

3. Remember to give yourself grace

As moms, we’re notoriously hard on ourselves.

We set impossibly high standards, expect nothing less than the best and lie awake at night obsessing over whether or not we’re ‘good enough’…

But, take heart, mom: just the fact that you’re worried about being ‘good enough’, means you probably are good enough.

Lower your expectations, forgive yourself when things go wrong and choose joy and laughter wherever you can.

In other words, give yourself grace…

… grace to be imperfect, grace to be real, grace to be enough – on good days and bad days.

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