Do you stress over just about anything, especially when it comes to your children? It seems like becoming a parent gives you the green light to worry on a whole new level…
Will they ever learn to eat vegetables?
Do they watch too much television or play too many games?
Will they get into the college they want?
The minute one question is answered, another one comes around to take its place. Sweating the small stuff begins to start to consume your ever waking hour. Stress becomes the reality of your existence.
So how do you begin to break the cycle of worry and stress?
If you were hoping the next line in this post would begin to tell you, I’m sorry to disappoint. The truth is worry is something that I have battled with my entire life. Heck, I worried before children came into my life, they just seem to have compounded the level to which I stress now.
One of the things I stress most often about at this time in my life is…
Am I being a good enough mother to my children?
Are the things they are being taught helping them to one day grow into responsible adults?
Do they understand that mommy has bad days too? Do I handle those days correctly?
I’m sure I am not the only one that faces these battles in their mind. After all, being a mom comes with great responsibility to the little ones you are raising. However, I am beginning to learn that the stress and worry that I add to my life on a daily basis does nothing to better who I am as a mother or as a person. So I am trying harder than ever to change the way I live my life.
I can’t pretend that changing the way I have been for the past 40 years will be easy, but as much as my kids have given me more of a reason to stress, they have also given me more of a reason to change. I have never been able to do it for myself, but maybe for them I can finally succeed.
Right from the first chapter called, There’s No Such Thing as a “Perfect” Mom I knew this book was for me. Every chapter is a short story that helps you to celebrate being a mother, while reminding you not to stress because of it.
Each story helps to take the stress we feel as moms and look at them in a different way. It is a great book for reminding every mom that there is nothing more beautiful than that of motherhood. So sit back, relax and “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff“, after all, that’s all it is.
I received an advanced copy of the book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms by Kristine Carlson. All opinions in this post are 100% my own.