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Are you an exhausted mom? Being a mother is hard work! Whether you are just beginning your journey into motherhood or are preparing to launch your children out into the world, each day can be a challenge. In honor of all moms, I’d like to share a bit of encouragement.
Exhaustion often starts early for a mom. Even during pregnancy, there are some days when it’s hard to keep going. “I just need a nap!” This business of growing a new little body takes energy, leaving Mom tired.
A precious bundle finally arrives, making those days and months of pregnancy all worth it! But this little one can do nothing alone. Mom has to feed the baby, change the baby, bathe the baby, soothe the baby, entertain the baby… These duties are not only during a normal workday. No, baby needs Mom around the clock. After the first few nights of interrupted sleep, Mom felt exhausted, but the needs continue.
The Toddler Years
Thankfully babies do eventually learn to sleep through the night, so finally Mom can, too. However, it’s not long before they start moving. This new independence means that, while Mom tries to keep the house picked up and tidy, she has a little “helper” behind her, pulling out the very things she just put away. Spilled milk, crayon drawings on the walls, and torn pages in the books (say it isn’t so!) leave Mom going in circles trying to stay one step ahead, and at the end of the day, she’s ready to collapse.
Elementary School Days
School is such an exciting opportunity to learn! It’s also math problems, science projects, field trips and fundraisers. Mean kids and problems with friends. Growing and changing and learning and trying. Soccer games and piano lessons and playing with friends. Mom isn’t so busy picking up at home, but that’s because they are busy driving from here to there, and trying to get it all done.
The Teen Years
Whether Mom dreads or anticipates these years, they arrive before she is ready. Independence fights to the forefront as her nearly-adult child stretches young wings, ready to test them out. Learning to drive, beginning to date, starting a job, and finishing school are all important steps in launching out into the real world. Mom’s energy shifts from the physically busy times to the emotionally trying times as she guides and prepares. But all the letting go and trusting God is exhausting…
An Empty Nest
Remember the exhausted pregnancy, the messy toddler years, the busy elementary school days, and the draining teen years? Soon they’re gone, and Mom finally has a house that stays clean and a car full of gas. Peace and quiet surround her. Sometimes too quiet. For all those years, life revolved around little people who are no longer little, but have moved on with their own lives.
Are you an Exhausted Mom?
Whatever stage you find yourself in today, I want to encourage you. If you are a mom of little ones, your house will be clean someday. It’s okay! If you have school-age kids, enjoy the opportunity to be involved in their growing and doing. You won’t live at the baseball field forever. If you have teens, you’re preparing the next generation! What an honor to watch them grow and mature into the individuals God created them to be. And if your kids have launched out on their own, know that you have played an amazing part in their lives!
This being-a-mom gig is hard work, and it often leaves us exhausted. But hang in there. It’s all worth it!