Are you happy? Like really happy? With all the economic and societal pressures that come with being an adult — and a parent — it's not surprising that happiness can be a truly challenging goal. The good news? It's not insurmountable. You can be a happy mom.
Are you realistic in your life? If not, it could be making you unhappy says Christine Morgan, mom to an 11-month-old boy and stepmom to a 13-year-old girl. "If you expect your house to always be clean and your kids to always be well-behaved, you're setting yourself up for stress and unhappiness. I set my expectations a little more realistically and it makes a huge difference," says Morgan.
Realistically, you need time both for your kids and for yourself. It's OK (actually, it's good) to take time to enjoy your interests. So if you want to take a class, read a book or even just have a little time to yourself, do it. This refreshes you, and that makes you a better mom.
Kristin Hodson, a therapist, author and founder of The Healing Group in Salt Lake City, is a mom of two who believes moms should embrace their “inner rock star.” Her organization recently launched the Hey Mom! Campaign, which is an initiative to connect women and their families around postpartum depression.
Hodson offered these tips so all moms can embrace that inner rock star:
When you hit a particularly rough patch — perhaps your child isn't sleeping or you've had to clean poop from the crib three times this week — remember that these moments are temporary. "I rely on photos a lot. Seeing a pic of a smiling little face reminds me why being a mom is great. And a quick look at a newborn baby photo reminds me how quickly they grow and change — to cherish the good times and know the bad times will pass quickly," says Morgan.
The bottom line? Take a few deep breaths, let yourself laugh and make the choice to be happy. You can do it, Mama!
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