Monday, November 2, 2015

Seren-MOM-ity{Change It Up}

Do you know that moment in your house when you feel like the craziness might make the whole house implode?  Whininess has taken over your once delightful child?  Tears are flowing down the faces of your happiest of children and possibly your own?  Or is it just me?  If it is just me do not read on but I have an inclination it's not and it is in those moments of absolute emotional overload we question our very ability to do the thing we desired to have the opportunity to be our whole life... to be a mom.  In those doubting moments turn to the very one who gave you such a sacred responsibility and trusted you with his children in prayer{even if it is a quick one as you are running to stop disaster from happening}.

     The question is what you do next?  What you do next will impact the rest of your day, week, month and your entirety of mommyhood because its a habit.  Do you scream?  Do you retreat into a secret corner of your house and ignore the contention building in your home as the spirit is being driven away?  Do you call your husband and complain about HIS children?  Oh believe me I have done all of the above before I learned something so valuable...CHANGE IT UP!!!

     Your children are going to find it hard in those moments of tears to not laugh hysterically at mom turning the radio up really loud and dancing around like a maniac, singing off  key into a broom handle.  When the day is long and we have all had it  throwing a blanket on floor for a picnic for dinner will bring the joy right back in to your home.  In the dead of winter and everyone has cabin fever McDonalds with a playplace is  a welcome break(bring your laptop and pay bills or other online chores while they are all distracted).  I spent many of mornings at our local mall with my children playing there in the winter months.  Find a place to escape to in those cold winter or too hot to go outside months if you have them.  Throw all the blankets and pillows on the floor in front of the TV and snuggle up to a favorite movie.  Walk to a park or just walk. Stop and paint your daughters nails. Color a huge mural with them.  This list is endless.  The point is do something completely different than whatever is happening right then in the crazy.  Those change it up moments for me as a mom have been some of the most tender and relationship building with  my children.  It diffused the growing contention and grew love and relationships.  By any means I am not perfect at it and those old habits can sneak back in now and again but I am not perfect and I am becoming a better me everyday.  The key:  keep trying until you find a few change it up go tos that work for you!

BE AWESOME,
JULIA

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