Excited to share this guest post and giveaway from Arlene Pellicane, author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom! Details for giveaway at the end.
If your daughter grew up to be a mom just like you, would you be happy?
That’s some food for thought isn’t it? Maybe you were raised by a mom who was constantly stressed, frustrated or sad. Or you had a mom who yelled or retreated in silence. Mothers largely set the tone for the home.
That’s one reason why it’s so important to find your smile as a mom.
It says in Proverbs 17:22 says,
“a cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Here you see the correlation between your inward life and your physical and mental health. A cheerful heart is a key ingredient of living long and strong.
Yet being a mom sometimes saps the cheerfulness right out of your life.
When I was pregnant with my daughter Lucy, I was tired all the time. I remember apologizing to my son Ethan because I didn’t have the energy to volunteer in his class.
“That’s okay mommy,” he said. “You can do it after the baby is bigger. No problem.”
My daughter Noelle who was 3 years old chimed in, “I will be your doctor and help you and your baby. I will get a stick and pull your baby out.”
I remember laughing so hard that day at her matter-of-fact solution. If only it was that simple! Now Noelle is in 4th grade and she still has funny comments, and many times insightful ones.
If we as moms make the point to look for the laughter – not the stress, not the confusion, not the negatives – to hone in on the happy, we will be more cheerful. Easier to be around. Full of God’s joy for our daughters to see.
Because one day, your daughter is going to decide: Do I want to be a mom like my mom? This doesn’t mean you have to do things perfectly. But smiling everyday at your daughter would be a great place to start!
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31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom is available here!
And there is a GIVEAWAY!
To enter just leave a comment answering the following question:
What’s something funny your child does or says?
giveaway ends 8/17/15