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How to cure self-doubt as a mother

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Before I had babies, I was afraid I wouldn’t be good at it.  Rearing babies, that is.

Turns out, I’m the baby whisperer.

When Baby Cakes visits, I implement my secret strategy.

It’s called, Turning On The Faucet.

I walk over to the kitchen sink, turn on the tap, pat her back while swaying, and her little head lays right down on my shoulder.

Turn off water = head raises back up.

Leave water on = giant water bill + sleeping baby.

At this point, I’ll take the sleeping baby.

 

 

How to cure self-doubt as a mother. All moms wear a cloak of anxiety, second-guessing decisions, wondering if they'll make each transition. But you can!

 

 

All women clothe themselves in a robe of anxiety before becoming mamas.  It breaks down something like this:

Infants

What if I can’t give birth without anesthesia?

What if I’m not good at nursing?

What if I don’t know how to calm the baby?

 

Toddlers

What if I won’t know when he’s sick?  How will I know how to get him well?

What if I’m a failure at potty training?

What if I can’t ever get him to stop biting?

 

Pre-school and Kindergarteners

What if I’m not teaching him enough?  What if I’m the reason he’s behind in school?

What if I can’t ever get her to stop sucking her thumb before she goes to school?

What if I can’t tell if he has special needs?

 

Elementary/Middle-Schoolers

What if I can’t get them to do their homework?

What if I can’t get her through this awkward stage?

What if I don’t know what to say if he doesn’t make the team?

 

Teenagers

What if I can’t control them?

What if I’m never able to really connect with or understand them?

What if I can’t get them to take responsibility seriously?

 

Young Adults

What if I can’t guide them to a good career?

What if I can’t motivate them to finish college?

What if I can’t get them to move out of the house?!

 

Grandchildren

What if I overstep boundaries and make their parents mad?

What if I get tired of babysitting?

What if I can’t find a connection with them?

 

The answers

Did you notice that all the questions started with, “What if I”?  Do you know why?

Because truthfully, when we wonder if our kid will ever potty-train, we think we’re failing in the whole bathroom business.

When our kids don’t turn in their homework on time or run consistently late for part-time jobs, we wonder where we went wrong.

If my kid becomes a two-year-old bully, my automatic thought is, “how did I fail so miserably at making this kid nice, and where is the sweet little baby I had mere months ago”?

You want to know the answer to all these questions?  How do you cure self-doubt as a mother?  Click here to read the rest of the post!

 

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Can’t control your temper?

From the book, "Count to Nine; 9 Liberating Steps for Mom Frustration and Anger". Tips for applying Scriptural methods to curb anger. Dear mom, you have the tools to overcome anger and frustration!
In Count to Nine, moms discover a Scripturally sound, methodical approach for taming the temper. Ruthie Gray, mother of four and grandparent of two, gently guides frazzled mothers of all ages toward God’s Word, His view on anger, and the nine steps to overcoming wrath.

In this ebook, you will learn

*The surprising reasons behind your anger

*The mind-blowing truth of God’s view on anger

*One eye-opening tactic for changing your reactions

*How the staggering power of unbelief can keep you from change

*How to triumph through one key attitude adjustment

*How to gain victory over a life-long stronghold

*And much, much more!

The author, Ruthie Gray, transparently shares her own motherhood struggles, instantly connecting with moms through her “been there” approach. Moms will find victory, new hope, and support through this encouraging method of actionable Scripture verses and Scripture prayers.

 

Dear mom, isn’t it time for you to Count to Nine?

 

From the book, "Count to Nine; 9 Liberating Steps for Mom Frustration and Anger". Tips for applying Scriptural methods to curb anger. Dear mom, you have the tools to overcome anger and frustration!

 

 

 


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“We are Rich and Brooke Grangard. Our heart is to inspire people to see God as He truly is and in that light, to see the world around them. We’re privileged to have been a part of making Him known around the world for the past decade. Here you will find us sharing what we’ve learned (and what we’re still learning) along the way.”

The qualities that I hoped for in a partner at age 18 and what I actually got are fairly different.  And I am extremely grateful to God that they are.  (You can read some of what I thought was essential here.)  My husband is amazing, and the qualities that he daily demonstrates to me and our kids are a huge reason that our marriage works!  Click here to read more of Brook’s post – it’s so worth it!

 

~Brook Grangard, The Vine Press, Three overlooked (but essential)  qualities to look for in a spouse 

 


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2 Comments

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    kentuckygal50
    May 3, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    I’m a new subscriber from the Tuesday Talk link-up (134). I read down through your list of mom doubts for different stages of your kids/grandkids lives. I’ve been through every one but the grandkids, and I nodded to each and every doubt. I either have it right now, or have had it in the past. I signed up for the FB group too.

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      Ruthie
      May 3, 2016 at 8:14 pm

      Thanks so much for your comment AND for your number so I can look you up, gal! I appreciate that! Yes, seasoned mamas have been through all the stsages! Happy to have you aboard, I’ll be watching out for you, Kentucky gal!!! 🙂 Welcome!

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