The kids are cranky, the house is a mess, and everything seems to be going wrong. It must be one of those tough parenting days. And when you find yourself in the middle of one, the best thing you can do is surround yourself with a little parenting inspiration to get to the other side.
Need a little boost? Here are 10 encouraging thoughts you can always come back to on hard parenting days. Be sure to write down your favorites, and share them with a friend!
1. This season of life won’t last forever.
Whatever phase your family is going through, from pregnancy to sleepless nights with a newborn, or walking through the terrible twos, this is only a phase. It won’t last forever! So take a deep breath, and keep on going. It may not be pretty, but you will see the other side.
2. You’re not alone.
Regardless of how Instagram or your favorite mommy bloggers make it seem, no one is a perfect parent! We all have bad parenting days where we lose our patience or feel like giving up. Whatever tough stuff you’re dealing with, you can probably find other mamas in your neighborhood, daycare, or an online mom’s group that have been there too. You are never really alone.
3. Tomorrow is a new day.
One awesome thing about our kids? Even after a bad day, they’ll still love you. You can always start over tomorrow, and believing tomorrow can be a better day will make all the difference. So if you need to, make bedtime a little earlier tonight. Then, find ways to relax, refresh and get ready for a brand new day.
4. You can decide in your mind to have a good day.
Speaking of which, did you know you can make up your mind to see the good in your day? Even when we’re tired and cranky, we can make a conscious effort to look for the bright spots. Determine not to take the bad from today into tomorrow, and you might be surprised at how much better you feel.
5. Talking it out will help you feel better.
Frustrated or stressed? Talk it out with someone, whether it's a friend, your mom, a counselor, or even your local barista. A listening adult ear can do wonders! And you might be surprised how verbalizing your frustrations will put them in perspective.
6. A bad parenting day doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent.
On tough days remember - it’s a bad parenting day. You are not a bad parent! Even if you struggle, you are still the perfect mom for your little ones. Don't let the tough moments make you doubt that.
6. It’s okay to let your “human” show.
Of course we know that humans aren't perfect. So why would you expect perfection when it comes to your parenting? Whether you're a first or fourth-time mom, when you expect perfection, you set yourself up to fail. Give yourself grace, and it will all feel a little easier.
7. A few deep breaths can change everything.
Whatever you're doing right now, stop! Close your eyes, and take 5 deep belly breaths. In through your nose, out through your mouth. Doesn't that feel a little better? If you don't have time for relaxing yoga or a stroll around the block, at least stop and remember to breathe.
8. Some “me” time is the perfect way to recharge.
Kids down for a nap? Bedtime completed? Take some me-time! Maybe you have a home office or a spot in the basement set aside just for you. And if you don’t have a little corner like that in your home, it might be time to create one! You can also take a hot bath, crack open a book, or treat yourself to a latte at your favorite coffee shop. Reconnecting with you will make you a better mama in the end.
9. There is help available. You just have to ASK for it!
If no one knows you need help, you probably won't get it. Don't be afraid to ask for a hand when you need it most. Whether it's your spouse, a grandparent, neighbor, or a friend, if you need help to get through a tough day, just ask.
10. Remember, you're growing all the time.
Through every hard day and tough new phase with our kids, we as mamas are learning and growing. It's totally normal if you don't know everything yet. Allow yourself the space to keep growing as a parent. You're doing better every single day.
We hope this parenting inspiration reminds you that you CAN do this, mama. You will get through today. And tomorrow is always a chance to start over.
What are some of your favorite encouraging parenting thoughts? We’d love to hear them, so let us know in the comments!