The tired mother’s creed {with free printable}


We just got home from Kings Island (I will be blogging about this later) and we are regrouping before a Mud Hens Game this evening. I went to check my email and saw that a very dear friend sent me an email with a link to the following (boy does she know me, it was precisely what I needed to read at this moment):

For the days we are running on empty. For the days we just don’t think we have it in us to read one more story, play one more game of Uno, wash one more round of sheets. For the days when we think everyone else has it altogether. For the days we’re sure anyone else would do this job better.

 

For those days. You know the ones.

Repeat after me:

 1.I shall not judge my house, my kid’s summer activities or my crafting skills by Pinterest’s standards.

 2.I shall not measure what I’ve accomplished today by the loads of unfolded laundry but by the assurance of deep love I’ve tickled into my kids

 3.I shall say “yes” to blanket forts and see past the chaos to the memories we’re building.

 4.I shall surprise my kids with trips to get ice cream when they’re already in their pajamas.

 5.I shall not compare myself to other mothers, but find my identity in the God who trusted me with these kids in the first place.

 6.I shall remember that a messy house at peace is better than an immaculate house tied up in knots.

 7.I shall play music loudly and teach my kids the joy of wildly uncoordinated dance.

 8.I shall remind myself that perfect is simply a street sign at the intersection of impossible and frustration in Never Never land.

 9.I shall embrace the fact that in becoming a mom I traded perfect for a house full of real.

 10.I shall promise to love this body that bore these three children – out loud, especially in front of my daughter.

 11.I shall give my other mother friends the gift of guilt-free friendship.

 12.I shall do my best to admit to my people my “unfine” moments.

 13.I shall say “sorry” when sorry is necessary.

 14.I pray God I shall never be too proud, angry or stubborn to ask for my children’s forgiveness.

 15.I shall make space in my grown up world for goofball moments with my kids.

 16.I shall love their father and make sure they know I love him.

 17.I shall model kind words – to kids and grown-ups alike.

 18.I shall not be intimidated by the inside of my minivan – this season of chip bags, goldfish crackers and discarded socks too shall pass.

 19.I shall always make time to encourage new moms.

 20.I shall not resent that last call for kisses and cups of water but remember instead that when I blink they’ll all be in college.

 

~ with love from one tired mother to another.

Source

 

{click here to download the below printable version}

 

Thank you Kristy

If you can relate, if you are also a tired mother, reply with a brief message expressing so. Please share this with all the tired moms in your life.

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2 Comments on “The tired mother’s creed {with free printable}”

  1. June 26, 2012 at 12:16 am #

    My mom can “totally relate” to this post. So she says. And I can attest to the fact that she follows a lot of this advice and always was and still is a great mom.

    Keep on lovin’ those kids- you never regret something like that!

    • June 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

      So true! Thank you for sharing and make sure you treasure the moments with your mom, time goes by way to fast. Have a Happy Tuesday 🙂

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