Mothering When You’re at Your Wit’s End

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I don’t read the Bible near as much as I should. I probably don’t pray as much as I should. I should definitely lean on Christ more. 

I fail so much, and there are times when I don’t know how to be the mom that my children need me to be. 

I know what it’s like to be confused and stressed and tired. I know what it’s like to have to keep trudging along. 

But mothering doesn’t stop, even when you’re at your wit’s end

I’ve mentioned before, one of my failures is yelling. I am working hard to change this, but my natural reaction when I get stressed is just to start yelling.

I know it isn’t healthy for me or my children, and truth be told…my voice is starting to show the effects.

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Sound familiar, mama? Have you been there? When you just feel like you can’t go on but being a mama just doesn’t stop. 

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. If we’re all being honest here, you’re probably read to extend your arms for that virtual hug because you’ve been there too. 

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 in mothering when you’re at your wit’s end? What do you do when these little blessings are gnawing at you and eating away at your patience day after day?

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Mothering When You’re at Your Wit’s End

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, and without distractions, but also get to know their individual personalities.

Sometimes, knowing what makes each of my children tick changes how I react to them and the situations in which they are involved.

Slow Down

When you feel like you may be losing patience with your kids, 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.

Ask for Help

Sometimes, especially as mothers, we find ourselves trying to do it all. Maybe you feel like you just don’t have enough time in the day, maybe the children could be a little more independent, maybe you need to hire some assistance- don’t fear to admit that you can’t do it all. 

The truth of the matter is that we can’t, and it’s okay to say that when you feel overloaded.

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Consult With Someone Else

If you feel like you’re struggling to hold it together in your parenting journey, maybe it’s time to ask an outside source. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with your spouse, or a close friend could help!

Not only does it take a load off of our shoulders by talking about it, but it also opens the door for someone to give you a little advice when they are able to see the whole problem, and they’re not the one facing it. 

Find the Root of the Problem

If we don’t address the root, the situation will rear it’s ugly head again. So we have to figure out WHY we feel like the motherhood burden is a little too hard to bear sometimes. 

Is there something you’re harboring in your heart, have you taken on too much responsibility elsewhere, have you not put your flesh under subjection, is it the enemy testing your trust in God?

When you figure out what it is, when you can place the blame on the actual problem, you can also do things to fix it.

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

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.

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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... ::

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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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  1. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  2. I just want to say, as a single, homeschooling mom of 6, the youngest of which is now almost 15: Children are much more forgiving of their moms than we are of ourselves. They *want* to love us and see only the good. So give yourselves grace. Every day is a new beginning. Today is the first day of the BEST of your life!

    1. You are so right! We are typically much harder on ourselves than our children. Great reminder!

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