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Three Things to Understand When You’re Overwhelmed

Dishes, laundry, toys on the floor, another diaper to change, another spill at the table, another mess in the living room, dogs to take outside, meals to make, a leaky faucet, and on and on and on.

It can be overwhelming!

Take a deep breath mama. Seriously, take a deep breath. It’s ok to be overwhelmed sometimes. You’ll make it through those tough times if you remember these 3 things:

 

  1. You are not alone.

You are not the only one who has gone through these things. I know it feels like you are. I know you hear that whisper of “so-and-so has such a perfect house, her kids are so polite, and she’s always put together so well – why can’t I do that?” I’ve heard that whisper many times.

Trust me right now. That person you’re wishing you could be is wishing they could be someone different too. We all do it.

She’s not perfect, you’re not perfect, I’m not perfect. And that’s OK! None of us are perfect and you are not alone.

 

  1. You don’t have to do everything.

You can’t do everything, none of us can. Start with one thing. Just one. Maybe it’s “make sure the kids have a bath today, it’s been a while…” Great! Do that one thing and you will have accomplished your goal. Don’t overcomplicate things and don’t think you have to do everything. You don’t. You just need to do your one thing.

 

  1. This is a season.

The days can be so long but the years are so short. I’ve SO been there. I look back and wonder where those years went. I had 4 kids under 5 1/2 years old. The memories of those baby and toddler years are sadly fading. Nothing lasts forever, although potty training can seem like it will, it won’t.

I know sometimes it’s hard, but please enjoy those babies, those toddlers, those young children and those teens. You are their world and their safety. Make those days count.

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