There are moments of isolation in motherhood. Moments where the stress builds up having to manage a room full of different personalities and ages (usually with very little sleep and too much caffeine) that everything gets overwhelming. Monster Mommy creeps out or (if you are anything like me) you just want to curl up in a corner, cry and start getting really hard on yourself.
Then you find yourself saying, “I am not enough. I can’t do this.”
It doesn’t have to be that way. There are resources for all of us to stay encouraged as a mom and to feel we are enough and that we are awesome moms.
Please Note: I am putting resources together for moms to stay encouraged as I find them. So, this is a living post that will be added to regularly. Feel free to pin it on Pinterest to reference for later.
Resources for Mamas with Little Ones
Community is so important to feel you are not alone during motherhood. You get to share “me too” moments and build a tribe of moms that are there for each other in moments of feeling defeated, get to share mom wins, rovide advice, can have a mom’s night out, swap babysitting nights for date nights, etc. It is so important to build your tribe (even if it’s just with a few really close friends). Here are some of my favorite Mom Groups:
- Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS). At MOPS, you meet for 2 hours once or twice a month. There is a speaker to encourage you, you make crafts, engage in conversation, build friendships, play fun games, eat great food, and drink coffee all while your little ones are being watched in the other room. Usually MOPS has events scheduled for the year for family outings, mom’s night’s outs, and group play dates. They highly recommend getting together with the other mom’s at your table for more personal play dates and friendship building. This is where I have met the majority of my friends. I recommend joining MOPS to every mom of little ones I meet. This group is for moms who are pregnant and have little ones ages 0-5 years old. To find a MOPS group in your area, please visit the MOPS website.
- Building Your Mom Tribe. This is on Instagram every Wednesday at 10am CST hosted by Ally @YouAreMoreBlog. She has a group of 10 or less moms that co-host with her asking mom-related questions. How it works: you start with Ally’s feed, follow along if you’re encouraged (which you totally will be) and answer her question. Then you read through the other comments that mamas have provided and connect with them to build your tribe. Then you head to the next mama tagged in her picture and continue until you have circled back to Ally’s feed. I have connected with a handful of great mamas online. So much so, we started a private group chat (The Tribe) to share mom stories and support each other in our adventures. We one day hope to be able to have a mom’s weekend away to meet in person!
Books & Magazines to Read:
I try to read a books that motivate me during my current season of life. Especially ones where the author shares her story of motherhood (the real, raw moments). These books provide a relational connection and help motivate you through similar moments. They help you realize that you are mothering the best way you need to be for your children and that you are one amazing woman. These are books I have read and recommend. I have provided links for your convenience to purchase on Amazon or get off a website directly. I don’t make money on these.
- Brave Mom: Facing and Overcoming Your Real Mom Fears by: Sherry Surratt
- Hello Dearest Magazine
- Loving my Actual Life: An Experiment of Relishing What’s Right in Front of Me by: Alexandra Kuykendall
- Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive: Tips for Thriving as a Mom by: Keri Synder
- Make it Happen: Surrender Your Fear, Take the Leap, Live on Purpose by: Lara Casey
- Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men by: Meg Meeker, M.D. (there is a book for moms with daughters by her too)
- Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst
- The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst
I post motivational posts daily on Instagram too!
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