Are you having one of those days? The kids are all fussy, the house is a mess, dishes are piled high and so is the laundry? I get it. As I write this, 3 kids and I have strep throat, my son has impetigo, and Daddy is away on business. Life goes on – but how?
How do you get through the dog days of parenting?
When the days get you down, it is SO easy to give in to the whining, get mad at the dishes, and just want to go hide in your room. But as mom, that’s not really a viable option.
You need a strategy that is simple, short, and will get you through the dog days of parenting.
I am not of the opinion that the devil makes you sick, but I know he can get a grip on my heart when things are hard. I lose my perspective and I just get grumpy. I say things like “I can’t DO this.”
And then the song comes. For years I’ve been singing the refrain from an old Leslie Philips song and it goes “Not by might, not by power, but by my spirit, says the Lord.” When things get rocky, I start singing. And now the kids know it’s a warning: Mom’s trying hard to keep it together.
You need something you can say or sing or do that will remind you that even in the midst of the challenging moments of parenting, you are not alone. God is with you; He will strengthen you.
- Say a scripture verse. Some of my favorites are Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 43:2, Jeremiah 29:11 and 1 Corinthians 10:13 and Philipians 4:13. Print it out, color it with pretty markers, put it on a post it note and stick it on the mirror. Whatever you need to do, find a way to get it in front of you.
- Pick a song. I love that Leslie Philips song and sing it a lot. Lately my theme song is Breathe by Johnny Diaz. Love it!! Seriously though, pick a song that resonates with you and sing the refrain. Many times if you want.
- Breathe some essential oils. I love Valor, Lemon, Stress Away and Peace & Calming. I jokingly say that I sniff Stress Away like drug addicts snort cocaine. Some days it is just necessary.
Being a mom is definitely a lot of work and some days are extra hard. If you can find a way to remind yourself that God is with you in the craziness, the craziness doesn’t seem quite so crazy.