Being a mother is a full-time job. It’s more than that, actually; it’s a never-ending, always-on, nonstop, all-time job.
As hard as things get for stay-at-home moms, the stress and demands can be even greater for working mothers. These women have all the responsibilities of home and all the responsibilities of a full-time job. The pressures and demands can be overwhelming at times.
So here are some things that might help you become not only successful but significant as a mother while working both at home and in your careers.
Take Care of Yourself
It’s so easy for mothers to put everyone else first. We can work so hard to give our very best to our children, husbands, bosses, churches, friends, family and so on. But if you put yourself last on your list of priorities, you’ll never make the time to invest in your own emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. You may feel like you have no choice, but this is ultimately a self-defeating death spiral for your mind, spirit and body. You’ll work yourself sick and have nothing left to offer anyone.
Carve Out Personal Time Each WeekNever neglect caring for yourself, no matter how busy you get. Do whatever you need to do to carve out some personal time every week for your:
Never neglect caring for yourself, no matter how busy you get.
Be Intentional with Your Children
Time can be the biggest obstacle for working mothers. It can be hard to squeeze a lifetime of lessons into the few hours you have with your children on weeknights and weekends. That’s why it is so important to be intentional about making the most of every minute!
Embrace the Calling
Mothering is hard but holy work, a special calling God has put on our lives to launch a new generation of healthy, secure, loving, intelligent Christ-centered believers into the world. Scripture issues every parent a challenge with a promise in Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it”.
The challenge, of course, is to train our children in the way they should go. That means instilling in them an abiding love and faithfulness for Jesus Christ. That often feels like a daunting and thankless task, but the reward is clear: when they’re old, they will not depart from it.
By taking care of yourself, and being intentional with your children, you can trust that you’ve laid a solid a foundation in their lives—a foundation your family will build on for generations to come.
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