Becoming a mom is the best thing that ever happened to me. Nothing could have prepared me for it though! After 35 years of parenting, I’d like to share some truths for young moms that I have learned throughout my parenting journey.
As an “older mom”, these are things that I wish someone had told me in my early parenting years!
10 Truths for Young Moms From An Older One
1. Expect to be tired.
You will be tired, but you don’t even think about it, as you do what you need to in order to care for your precious children.
You will sacrifice sleep, time, energy, and money for them without even giving it a second thought, because that’s what moms do.
Fatigue just goes with the territory. Grab naps when the kids do, and guard your sleep time.
It’s easy to stay up trying to get things done, but in reality that ends up making you less productive due to the resulting fatigue.
2. There will be many times when you are frustrated and stressed, but for every moment of frustration, you will have moments of happiness and laughter that make up for those frustrating times.
3. Your house will be dirty, but not forever.
Remember that you are at a busy season of your life, where your kids have a lot of needs. Your house isn’t going to look like it did before you had children during this busy time.
However, as your kids get older and can begin to help, things will gradually start looking better!
4. You will feel more love than you’ve known or thought possible.
No matter how many children you have, you will feel an incredible amount of love for each one.
5. You will develop into a mother bear to protect your child.
It’s true — let someone hurt your child or threaten to hurt them, and see how you respond!
6. You will not have much time alone – if any.
Later you will wish you didn’t have so MUCH time alone. Trust me on this one!
8. People will tell you to enjoy it, but some days all you can do is survive.
Don’t feel guilty if you don’t “enjoy every moment” of motherhood!
If we were being honest, we’d all admit there are times or parts of motherhood we don’t enjoy. There are hard, challenging times that we struggle to get through.
9. You don’t need to dread and fear the teen years, despite what others may tell you.
(For more on this, read my post How to Push Teens & Olders Kids Away)
10. At times you will feel like you are a bad mom, and sometimes you just won’t know what to do.
Realize that’s where God wants you, because it keeps you depending on Him! Depending on God is the best place to be.
The days may be messy and hard at times, but with God’s help and guidance you will make it through, and be a stronger, better person because of the things God teaches you as you depend on Him through your parenting years.
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