Amber Christensen is a mom to four boys, a blogger and author of Memoirs of Mayhem: The Good, The Bad, and The Hilarious. She is learning to find the humor in her parenting which she shares on her blog Watch This Mom. You can also find her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!
You know what MY problem is? (Well, one of them.) I think everything is my fault.
The kids don’t have clean clothes for school? My fault.
The kids are whining? My fault.
The kids turned the house into a disaster zone in the five minutes I left them quietly watching a movie to make a phone call? My fault.
It’s easy to feel defeated when I blame everything that happens on myself. I’ve taught my kids to do laundry. Even the two-year-old knows how to throw clothes into the washer. If they have to wear dirty clothes to school, the least I can do is let them share the blame.
You know what OUR problem is, fellow parents?
We like to pretend we have no faults. That’s why we couldn’t possibly let one of our children go to school in a shirt they wiped their face on. Other people would know we didn’t write, “Wash your disgusting shirt,” on our Pinterest-inspired, save-the-world job chart. They’d know we’re terrible parents for not teaching our kids responsibility and letting them out in public with Cheeto powder on their clothes. (You feed your kids Cheetos? What is wrong with you?!)
My Three-Part Solution
1. Make Connections by Admitting the Realities of Life
People make connections when one of them is brave enough to tell the truth and the other says, “Me too.” I’m not talking about becoming a whiner. But if someone asks how you are, it’s okay to say, “I seriously need to get out of my house. Without my kids. Like, yesterday.”
When they respond with, “Me too!” BAM! Girls Night Out!
You have a baby with eczema who scratches the heck out of his cheeks and don’t want to put steroid cream on his face so you’ve spent a lot of money looking for something that else that works? ME TOO! At least, I did. Then a mom at the doctor’s office gave me some suggestions and we got it figured out. Let’s help each other out!
2. Find Humor
I’ve learned to find humor in parenting. I even wrote a book about it. Because reality is quite funny. Watching a two-year-old get stuck trying to take his shirt off then turn in circles until he’s both stuck and dizzy is hilarious. When I laugh instead of cry (or yell), we’re all happier people.
3. Learn From Faithful Women Who Actually Had Hard Lives
The women in the scriptures have much to teach us. First and foremost, that life is hard no matter who you are. Reading about Mary, who gave birth to the Son of God under the least ideal of circumstances and had to hide him in Egypt to keep alive, really puts my life into perspective.
These are faithful, courageous, stalwart women who relied on faith and pushed forward despite their trials. I want to be like them.
Are You With Me?
Are you ready to stop blaming yourself for everything, admit reality, and find humor in everyday life?
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