Sanity-Saving Secrets, part 3
As promised, I’m sharing my secrets for maintaining my own sanity. The following is part of a series of tips that help get me through each of my busy days.
• Don't sweat the small stuff
The laundry can go unfolded yet another day (or until my kiddos can fold it and put it away themselves, for that matter), and the licorice just before dinner every now and again won't kill the kiddos. It's the big stuff that matters. So, teach them how to be obedient, respectful and helpful. Make sure that your kids learn how to love God and others, simply by watching you. Spend time together, as a family, cultivating those relationships. This is the stuff that really matters.
• Don't be afraid to ask for help. Ever.
Knowing that the Lord doesn't give us more than we can handle, often holds me back from asking for help from others. I need to remind myself that God puts people in our lives for a reason, and that it's okay to lean on others.
My husband is very good at recognizing when I have hit my stress max and need help. In these instances he will either insist on helping me or call in backup. After all, he wants a happy, stress-free wife and deserves one!
By the way, I did hire that housecleaner. She comes every other week to help with laundry and organization… two things I loathe!
• Cherish the time you spend with your kiddos
It's a lot of work being a mommy, but I truly try to enjoy my children, even during those frustrating moments – you know the ones. Don’t let work, stress, or other distractions rob you of the precious little time you have while your kiddos are young.
As a wise woman once told me, "the days may seem long, but the years are short!" (Thanks Mom!)
As I mentioned at the beginning of this series of sanity-saving tips, every mom’s way of doing things is different, but I hope you were able to see how this busy mama of six keeps from going crazy. It really is no secret!