help for struggling mom


Today and everyday I think about how hard being a Mom is.  I tell myself it is “only for a season” and try to enjoy every little minute of it (Even writing these sentences the kids have come in three different times asking me questions, lol).  Ecclesiastes 3:1 tells us To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.  I know having small children and the struggles I go through daily will soon be a distant memory so when I read Megan’s words below I wanted to share them with you!  I hope you enjoy!  You can read more from Megan here!

Blessings, Elizabeth♥

By Meagan Rosselot

Prior to becoming a mom I imagined it’d be this beautiful time of togetherness, love, and sweet moments. We sang our thoughts, shared our emotions freely and enjoyed each others’ company always; it fit more the description from the Sound of Music minus the guitar and coordinated curtain outfits.

I’m 7 years in on this mom-venture. Holy moly, this task God enabled me to do is hard, let me say it, it’s hard! We all have our story, the details that make us US.

I’m such a worker, I work long hours, I have no shame in it but I do find my struggle is sitting to play, to enjoy. It’s embarrassing to admit, but yes, I struggle to sit and play. There it is, it’s out. Exhale, another not perfect mom. But, as this information I know about myself, I too know it’s something I am growing in. But if like me, knowing you’re simply not good at something is often difficult for the mind to know.

I began reading recently to learn from other mamas and found one thing consistent, we’re all different and that’s the consistency. There isn’t one right, perfect way. Heck, I struggle with this. Am I working too much? Will all they remember that I worked? Will they have any good childhood memories? She doesn’t do it like me…those kids seem so much happier than mine. Why, why, why? 

Well, I didn’t pick up a guitar and wear my best Julie Andrews’ smile, but I this week I worked to do three things as I prepared for this post, hope it encourages if not makes you feel a little better.

  1. Get a way from YOU, talk to someone else about THEM. 
    There’s a bit in all of us that love to have others talk about US, but often dwelling in ourselves makes us think inwardly more. Make effort to talk to someone you wouldn’t or haven’t. Ask about them, take time to listen. There’s a bit in many of us who melt when asked about them, myself included. For me, I feel valued, my story important, and for that moment, meaningful. It’s a common human factor, we all want to feel valued.
  2. Everyone has a bad day, be graceful with yourself. Period.
  3. You are you, you’re not anyone else; be the best YOU. Get over it. I heard it once that we often compare our worse to another’s best, if doing this, we’ll never be fair to ourself. Celebrate who you are.
  4. Other mama’s are not a threat, use them as a resource. Indirect or direct learning from other moms is a valuable resource, learn from them, talk to them. I’ve spoken to a few moms and even those that seem to penetrate only confidence worry that they are often not enough.
  5. Work to find time daily to stretch yourself where you are weak; for me, it meant putting my phone away and playing with them. It meant not playing for the moment to state I’ve completed the task. It meant being silly, it seems so obvious but I find just how much I fight relaxing to do this after having not done this in some time. Serious. I do have to admit, the kids and I turned on the Pandora aloud the other day and had a dance party…and it felt good. I pulled out my faux guitar, doned my Julie Andrews’ persona, and sang with the clang of pots, pans, and my breakdancing son alongside me.

Megan Rosselot

 I’m a mama to two, wife to one, gourmet coffee drinker, and dreamer of exotic places that I yearn to travel to. I love musicals and the ballet, on a budget. I love to experiment with new recipes and enjoy eating, (oh I love eating). And I love stories where grace wins.   Part of my story lies in who I was, the imperfect, messy, and hopeless self. Along this journey, I’ve experienced grace that I can’t explain, a grace I didn’t deserve.

30 replies
  1. Gábor
    Gábor says:

    You guys have all my respect! I really appreciate what you are doing! I am having a hard time working at daycare for 3 hours. You cant go home after work…
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  2. Misty Nelson Dawn
    Misty Nelson Dawn says:

    I feel this struggle. I’m a mom of two boys and sometimes I have a bad day but I think that is normal and fine

  3. Angela Milnes
    Angela Milnes says:

    I feel the struggle it’s so hard to find the best time to work kids are a full-time job I can start writing and working while they are sleeping and I think I need to have a time for myself.

  4. wendy
    wendy says:

    Mom struggles… I have to walk away and take time for myself every once in a while. It helps so I can be the best mom I can.

  5. Leigh Anne Borders
    Leigh Anne Borders says:

    We need to take more time for ourselves. We have so much to offer but when are not taking care of us, things suffer.

  6. lorena victoria perez murcia
    lorena victoria perez murcia says:

    It is so nice to read this post and find that I am not the worst mum in the world as I sometimes fell too. I always have that questions around me and is true that I have to work, get home and do home staff and then you are so tired and do not have too much time to them. I try to do my best and I hope they can notice that and remember me on the good way.
    That’s why I love travel and every time I can organize holidays somewhere else to do things together.

  7. Emily
    Emily says:

    I love what you said about how you thought Motherhood would go. We all had those thoughts I am sure, and some days are that blissful, other days… not so much! Giving myself some slack, admitting a bad day is just that, a bad day and not meaning I am a bad Mom. Making that separation has been key for me.
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  8. Erin F
    Erin F says:

    That’s so true! We do all have bad days, but that just means there are better ones ahead! Just gotta take them in stride just like everything else in life!

  9. Michelle Waller
    Michelle Waller says:

    I have a lot of mom struggles. Just gotta take the days one at a time. Getting time to myself every day or doing something for myself really helps me.

  10. Bel
    Bel says:

    Lol a soon as I saw the Sound of music picture, I knew there was toruble. Just being the first born in my house made me a mini mom and I’m still recovering from it. It’s been three years since I left the house

  11. Jennifer Quisenberry
    Jennifer Quisenberry says:

    I’m not a mom myself, but I can certainly appreciate these ideas as I think you can easily substitute mom for woman. We all need our me time as well as our time to get outside of our own heads. It’s important to do that and to not see other women as threats. Sadly, I know a few women who don’t operate that way, and I think they would be a lot happier if they shifted their mindset.
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