How To Be A Better Mom
How To Be A Good Mom
Are you always thinking about what kind of job you are doing as a mom?
I think most of us are!
Thinking about how to be a better mom is on a constant loop in our heads.
At the end of the day, we analyze things that happened. Good and bad.
Mom brains are hard to turn off.
Every stage with kids comes with its fair share of challenges. And I love to get some advice from the experts by reading parenting books. This mom right here can use all the help I can get in the discipline department!
But sometimes it is nice to have simple go to things I can do. Things that don’t really take much thought.
I love to learn strategies for dealing with the hard stuff. But sometimes the small and simple things are what there is time for. And small and simple things can be the best things!
You know what else helps? Letting go of the idea of the perfect parent. We all know there are no perfect parents but we are still so hard on ourselves.
There will never be a day when you will do everything exactly “right”.
You do your best. Every day you just try to do your best.
Here Are Some Simple Tips on How To Be A Better Mom
1) Give more hugs
Give so many hugs.
Hugs, kisses, and cuddles can work wonders.
When in doubt, hug it out. OK, that sounds silly. But just like we always hear laughter is the best medicine. Hugs may be a close second.
2) Slow to react
Find yourself getting frustrated pretty quickly?
Count to three before you react.
When I started trying this, I had to count to ten. Sometimes 20!
But nobody wants to be the mom that goes from 0 to 60 at the drop of a dime. That was me and I didn’t like it.
3) Have more fun
Kids are so much fun. If you slow down and watch them it is amazing.
They have such a carefree and open attitude. They are not afraid to be themselves. Especially when it comes to their goofball side.
My daughter makes me belly laugh. There is nothing better.
Here are some more must-read ways to have fun with your kids!
Don’t just nod and smile. Really listen.
I truly believe kids know when we are actually listening to them. Especially older kids.
How do you feel when you know someone is not really paying attention to what you are saying? It doesn’t feel great. We don’t want to make our kiddos feel like that.
Now, I know our kids want to tell us anything and everything. I am not saying you have to listen to a 20-minute speech about a booger. I would say 5 minutes max for the booger saga.
But for most things, really listen.
5) Make time
If you can, schedule a time every day that is just for your kiddos. It doesn’t have to be super long. But make sure it is just for them.
Your child will remember that you made time to play games. Time to make a fort and read books. They will remember.
So just slow down and be there.
6) Put your phone away
Even if only for a short time. Put the phone down and give your child the full attention they so badly want, need and deserve.
My daughter will actually ask me to put my phone away! Imagine how this makes me feel?
No child should have to compete with a cell phone for attention.
7) Sweat the small stuff less
Remember that not everything is a huge deal.
Your child wearing a crazy outfit to the store is ok.
Cereal for dinner is ok.
Pick and choose where you are going to put your energy. Do not waste it on every little thing. There will be nothing left.
8) Be silly
Make a goofy sound. Bust out some fun dance moves.
Kids have this amazing carefree beauty about them. It can feel so good to let yourself act a little more like a kid than a responsible adult.
Who doesn’t laugh when someone makes an obnoxious fart sound? I really hope I am not the only mama who finds that hilarious.
9) Get outside
Whenever the weather allows, we are outside!
Fresh air is amazing for just making everything seem a little better.
Can’t get outside? Try a change of scenery. Go to the library. Find an inside play place.
10) Have some “me” time
I know. This is sometimes easier said than done. But it is extremely important.
Just a small amount of time for yourself can make you feel refreshed and gain some patience.
An exhausted or stressed out mom is not going to be at her best. You are a person too. Take care of yourself. Or at least try to! And then you can better be there for the ones that need you.
Starting this blog was a game changer when it came to doing something for myself.
So, what do you think, fellow moms?
Have any advice on how to be a better mom?
I think motherhood is a million different things. There is no right way.
Days can and will be hard. But there is also something beautiful in every day. Always try to find that beauty and appreciate it.
Believe in yourself. Your kids love you and they believe in you.
To them, you are the best.
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