How to Be a Mom in 10 Steps

Lately I have had motherhood on the brain! And before you ask, no I am NOT pregnant. I guess it’s a combination of many recent baby showers, witnessing old friends becoming mommas & joining me on this wild ride, remembering times with my mom, and thinking/praying so much for my sweet mother-in-love the past few months (if you’re not aware, my MIL is currently battling cancer).

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While thinking about my own #momlife, a silly thought sprung into my head. What if I wrote a blog with similar vibes to “How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days”. Of course this thought came while I was searching for a fantastic rom-com to watch on an evening Taylor had to work late. Seriously, how fantastic would it be to have a simple cut-and-dry formula to successful mothering? I know I’m not alone in wishing for that one! So without further ado, here are the 10 things that came to mind when thinking through my own journey as a mother:

How to Be a Mom in 10 “Simple” Steps:

  1. Never stop doing laundry. Ever.

  2. Lose your patience at least once a day.

  3. Feel guilt for losing your patience at least once a day.

  4. Stay exhausted. Over caffeinate to compensate for said exhaustion.

  5. Make thoughtful sacrifices (then spend time praying you won’t resent your child for those sacrifices).

  6. Wish for a different age/stage/time period...

  7. Feel regret about #6.

  8. Pray for your child.

  9. Read a parenting book.

  10. Realize that no parents journey is the same because no two kids are the same, and throw away the parenting book.

Ok, obviously there are some generalizations in there (there’s a ton of great parenting books available), but those 10 things are true for me (see #10, your truths will probably be a little different). However, some days are just hard as a parent. That’s me being honest. I have a ton of fabulous pictures of me with my sweet family and I love them more than words can say, but for every fabulous picture is the story of what was really happening that day. Maybe it was a great day. Maybe it was a really tough one with fits, tears and/or potty accidents.

So what’s your secret to surviving the wild ride that is parenting? Be sure to comment below!