Are You Finding Happiness In Being A Mom?

Finding happiness should go hand in hand with motherhood, right? Unfortunately, that's not always the case. I think most of us moms will admit, if we're honest, that we are not always happy.

For one thing, motherhood in America today is so different than what it was years ago. I think as moms, we feel sometimes like we have to 'keep up with the Jones's' to be considered a good mom.

If you see most of your friends working outside the home, then that's what you should be doing, or if my neighbors kids do such and such, then I better let my kids do it too. We somehow rate how we're doing based on what others are doing as well.

It takes a very strong woman to decide what is right for her and her family, regardless of what the world thinks. Sometimes we have to stand up and go against the grain of what everyone else seems to be doing, because that's not what is right for us.

We shouldn't have to measure up to anyone else's standards, as long as your family is coming first, then you do what works for you.

Being a stay at home mom definitely falls under this category. I think moms sometimes feel pressure from society that they need to be working in order to feel like they are doing anything of value.

That's how the world rates us, by how much money we are making. This factor alone deters some moms from finding happiness, because they feel like the work they do at home is not highly regarded.

Some moms even fall into a depression. After all, being a mom is sometimes a thankless job. When you go to work at a regular job, you usually have people that appreciate what you do. And even if you don't, you get your reward when you get your paycheck.

When's the last time your toddler thanked you for changing his diaper, or your husband handed you a fifty for making dinner for everyone? I didn't think so! (It would be nice though, wouldn't it?)

So we have to find happiness knowing that our job does matter, even when we don't always get the appreciation we need or deserve.

That's why I believe as moms, we need to stand behind and support each other. Celebrating motherhood is alot easier when you have somebody to celebrate it with!

We need to encourage each other and listen to each other. Had a hard day? No one understands like another mom.

Seek out support from the moms in your life, family, friends, even online acquaintances. You'll be amazed at the response- everyone needs to feel they have someone to talk to.

Sometimes the joy of motherhood can be found in the little things. In goodnight kisses, in sleeping in on a Saturday morning, in getting the whole family to dance together to your favorite song in the livingroom.

There is happiness in your baby's first smile, your toddler's first steps, your child's first day of kindergarten.

It's in your teenager's laughter (that comes around so seldom these days), your daughter's first date, and your son's first driving lesson.

Happiness is in sitting around the tree on Christmas morning, and in those chocolate chip pancakes your husband made.

Although as moms we strive to do our best each and every day, sometimes finding happiness means we have to know where to look.

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