My youngest daughter just had a baby last week, and my other two daughters have little ones under two. Watching them brings back many memories for me, and as an older mom I thought I would share some encouraging thoughts for young moms.
I’ve been at it for 35 years now, and been through many ups and downs mixed with laughter and tears. Becoming a mom is the best thing that ever happened to me, but nothing could have prepared me for it!
Here are some encouraging thoughts for young moms that I have learned throughout my parenting journey.
1. You will be tired more often than you’re not.
It’s something you are aware of, but you don’t really think about it as you faithfully do what you need to do to take care of those precious little ones! You will sacrifice sleep, time, energy, and money for them without even giving it a second thought, because that’s what moms do.
Realize that it DOES get better eventually, and in the meantime get as much rest as you can.
2. You will get frustrated and stressed at times.
If you have a difficult child, you may even get frustrated often. However, for every moment of frustration, you will have more moments of happiness and laughter.
3. Your house will be dirty, but not forever.
Set reasonable and realistic expectations about your house, and don’t stress about it not being picture perfect at all times.
4. You will feel more love than you’ve ever known or thought possible.
5. You will develop into a mother bear to protect your child.
6. You will not have much time alone, if any; later you will wish you didn’t have so MUCH time alone.
8. People will tell you to enjoy it, but some days all you can do is survive.
However, there is enjoyment even in those busy, crazy, tired times.
9. People will warn you about the teen years, but you don’t need to dread and fear them.
Teen years may present different challenges, but if you keep the relationship with your young people strong and have kept their heart, the relationship becomes very rewarding. (For more on this, read 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.
All moms are trying to figure it out as they go, and often just aren’t sure what they are doing! Realize that’s where God wants you, because it keeps you depending on Him.
You’ve probably heard it often, but it’s true, and you will realize later that “the days are long, but the years are short.“ Realize they 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.