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Nov
06

Are you a happy CWAHM?

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Most of us know that we moms are the ones who set the tone of our homes (for the most part). Usually our husbands and children know when we aren’t happy.

But do you ever reflect on your own happiness? Or are you so focused on making sure that everyone else is happy that you forget to touch base with your own feelings. As moms it is easy to be continually giving to the extent that we sacrifice ALL, without taking care of ourselves. It is important that we consider our own happiness. When we take care of ourselves we are able to serve our families better.

There are times when I have felt trapped by the pressures of having children, working, cleaning house, and serving at church. I was giving, giving, giving but feeling negative about myself and my ability to get everything done.

In my reading I came found this acrostic in What Happy Working Mothers Know, which helped me put my own happiness in perspective.

Healthy – both physical and mental health

Adaptive

Proud of your family

Proud of your work because that’s who you are

Young at heart

 

Healthy

In what ways are you taking care of yourself physically? Are you getting enough physical activity? I have found that joining a gym keeps me accountable to remain active, when I do so my mind is clearer, I have more energy, and I feel better about myself.

Health carries over to what we eat as well. Are you getting the protein and nutrients you need to carry out our day? I caught myself falling into the habit of not making myself breakfast or lunch while I was feeding the kids because I concluded that they weren’t going to finish what was on their plates anyway, so I might as well just make my meal out of their leftovers which consisted of a few bites of oatmeal from one child and a few bites of honeycomb cereal from another, besides I reasoned that while spooning the baby his mashed banana and cereal, catching the spilled milk from the three year old before it engulfs the table, and reminding the older one not to blow bubbles in his milk, how was I supposed to eat anyway? I’m learning to make sure I eat something substantial as well. The spilled milk can wait, the baby can eat one bite and wait a minute while I take a bite, and does it matter so much that blowing bubbles in their drinks is so entertaining?

Adaptive

Life without children was predictable for the most part. I went to work and came home. It wasn’t a problem getting something done as planned but that doesn’t work anymore. I try to have a general routine for each day, but I never know when it may get interrupted by a refusal to take quiet time, missing children’s shoes when we are trying to get out the door, a urgent need for mommy to help dress a baby doll, and a myriad of other things. When these things arise I am learning to take them in stride, and not expect to be able to adhere to my plan complete but modify it for the day or the moment, just keeping in mind the definite goal of what needs to be accomplished each day. When I become too stressed about carrying out my schedule as planned I quickly become UNHAPPY.

Proud of Your Family and able to derive joy from them as they are

As a mom who is thoroughly vested in my kids I can expect too much of them for their age. They still need reminding to wash their hands, flush the toilet, clean up their toys, put their clothes in the hamper. All day long it seems I am spouting words of instruction. But in the midst of it can I enjoy them at the stage they are at?

Proud of your work because that’s who you are

For a long time I felt torn – like work was taking away from my ability to be a mom. I felt guilty for telling the kids every afternoon that they needed quiet time so that I could work; felt guilty for not accepting some invites to play dates because I had a client scheduled; felt guilty that phone calls sometimes interrupted a story. I was looking at the negative of what my work was bringing into family life. But what I began to consider all of the wonderful things that working from home teaches my children my perspective began to change. Through a home based business they learn how to relate to people, to work hard, and to stay organized. As I stop feeling guilty for working I embrace the fact that I love what I do. And I wouldn’t choose to give it up even if I had the financial wherewithal to do so.

Young at heart

Stop to enjoy the moments of laughter. Life is not as serious as an endless list of deadlines. Enter into the silly moments of child’s play.


 

Through it all I’m learning to become a happy working mom. This is my life and I want to embrace it, to live with joy each day!

What about you? Can you become a happy working mom?

Lord, you know the challenges and pressures of working while I have children in the home. You know the interruptions that each day holds. But I don’t want to live out of the stress. I ask for a happy heart, and that You would change any attitudes or actions in my life so that I would be able to have that happy heart, rejoicing in this gift of life that You give me each day. Amen.

 

About the Author: Naomi Fata is a small business owner, operating a sewing business, Love Stitches by Naomi, out of her home. She is passionate about encouraging other moms who are looking for home based employment. Naomi is also the author of Beyond Head Knowledge; Knowing Christ who Satisfies our Hearts. Download the free companion Bible Study: Click Here

In all things, whether through writing, business or homemaking, her vision is that God’s love would shine through. She is married with three children, and will begin her homeschooling journey in the fall of 2015 as her oldest begins kindergarten. You can connect with Naomi at her blog, Facebook, andTwitter.

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