Mothering When You’re at Your Wit’s End

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So far this week I’ve confessed to you I don’t read the Bible near as much as I should, my motherhood failures and what I do when I don’t know how to be a mother. As I mentioned, one of my failures is yelling. I am working on hard to change this, but my natural reaction when I get stressed is yelling. It isn’t healthy for me or my children, and truth be told…my voice is starting to show the effects.

We all reach our limit at some point. But what do you do when you're at your wit's end as a mother? How do you continue mothering? Here's what I do... :: www.inallyoudo.net

 

Surely there are times in your day or week when you’ve lost it. When the kids have literally gotten on your last nerve and you have nothing left. All you want to do is scream, pull out your hair and run for the hills. You’re at your wit’s end.

Please tell me I’m not the only one.

Being patient has never been a strong suit of mine, especially with my own children. I usually do pretty well with other children, but my own – they know how and what buttons to push. And they push them over and over and over.

So how do you do it? How do you continue being a mother, when these little blessings are gnawing at you and eating away at your patience day after day?

Kneel in prayer

Yes, I say this all the time. But when I am at my wit’s end, prayer has to be my first defense. If I am not going to the One who gives patience, how do I expect to get it? Spending time in prayer each day and throughout the day as stress tries to creep back in helps refocus me on Him, rather than the issues at hand. After spending time in prayer, the problems usually seem much smaller than I originally thought and now, suddenly, much more manageable.

One-on-One Time

I find that spending one-on-one time with each of my children is so important. It helps me not only understand each of them separately, but also get to know their individual personalities. Knowing what makes each of children tick, changes how I react to them and situations in which they are involved.

Slow Down

Take the time to slow down. Take a day off here and there and not just on Saturdays when your husband may be home. Take a day off from the normal, daily grind of homeschooling, chores and being at home. Take a day-trip to a close destination. Spend the day at the park with your children and pack a picnic lunch. Do something that reminds you of the blessing of motherhood and not just the daily trials.

Please don’t think I share these things because I am the perfect wife and mother. I Am Not. I am a flawed human being, saved by grace. It has taken me nearly 12 years to figure this much out and I am learning daily…and sometimes hourly. Some days I sit and wallow, but thankfully with good friends and my new Bible Reading Plan, those days are fewer and farther between.

How do you continue mothering when you’re at your wit’s end?

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Annette has been married to her husband and best friend since 2003. Together they are raising their six children to follow the Lord’s will, no matter what. Annette longs for the day when she will meet all her angel babies who have entered heaven before her. She enjoys creating fun and engaging printables, unit studies and curriculum for homeschool families. You can follow her crazy life at In All You Do where she blogs about marriage, parenting, and homeschooling all while maintaining her sanity. She is also the owner of Thrifty Homeschoolers, where she shares free printables and resources from around the web as well as deals on curriculum and homeschooling resources. You can also keep up with her via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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