Encouraging Mama Reads for Your Week…
How was your week? We are starting to get back in routine after snowy late school starts and conference half days. And we sure are looking forward to some warmer Spring-like weather heading our way! Did you have a busy week? Need some encouragement or just something to read in your downtime? Here are my favorite “Mama Reads” for you…
My Favorite Mama Reads for the Week Ahead:
- Loving Your Anxious Child – I have an anxious child; do you? I love these tips for helping them and myself deal with the anxiety.
“Make sure your child knows that you love them when they are calm and when they are feeling worried or anxious. Let them know that you are their biggest supporter as they battle the worried thoughts and when they feel defeated by them.”
- Never Have Another Bad Day – Go. Read this mama’s story. The entire thing. It’s the reminder we all need about our “bad days”.
“Going back to the day my dad died, I chose to laugh instead of being aggravated at my boys’ nap time shenanigans. It doesn’t always work, but if you take a step back, sometimes the things your kids are doing that drive you insane are actually quite hilarious. When you can find the humor in the situation do it. Life is short. Take the fun moments when you can.”
- 7 Steps to an Awesome Day With Your Kids – Love these “scientifically proven” tips for having more meaningful moments with our kids.
“In one article, I came across a study where people assigned to give or receive hugs five times a day ended up happier than the non-hugging grumps in the control group. This tip seemed almost TOO simple. Who needs a reminder to hug their family? We added “give five hugs” to the plan for our day – easy peasy. First thing in the morning when we read through our plan, we gave each other a great big bear hug.”
- Dear Mom Who Feels “Selfish” – I need to read this letter to myself every morning.
“Show your kids that you are worthy of self-care. Show your kids just how important it is to always live a fulfilled life. Show them that it’s important to take care of your own needs, and not just the needs of others.”
- Sometimes the Best Parenting Advice is the Simplest – So, so true!
“When all else fails, just open your arms. A friend of mine once gave this advice. No post. No book. Just this: when kids are melting down and all else fails, open your arms as an invitation. They might not take you up on it, and that’s OK (see the above point) but sometimes — and I’ve seen it — all the overflowing emotion of a tantrum just melts into the physical reassurance of a simple hug.”
How do you find encouragement and inspiration during your busy days, Mama? Do these “Mama Reads” help? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!