Learn how to thrive this summer as a mom.
Wondering how to thrive this summer as a mom? You are not alone. Moms are always scrambling this time of year and this year is no different.
With the added stress of life being different than normal, we are all wondering how can we thrive this summer?
When we are thriving as moms, it trickles down into the whole home. Yes, there will always be those survival mode moments, but we do not have to live trapped by it.
How to Thrive This Summer as a Mom
Let go of expectations.
One of the biggest struggles a mom can have is having unrealistic expectations. Every single mom I talk to struggles with this. Without even realizing it, we have expectations.
I expect that my kids are going to love something I planned and it goes horribly wrong. We plan to go to the beach and it rains. The list goes on and on.
Friends, we have to learn to let go of the expectations so we can thrive this summer.
Instead of holding onto your expectations, try a different route. Ask yourself, what would an ideal summer day look like? Be realistic and write it down.
- What time would you want to wake up?
- When will you do breakfast?
- What would you do during the day?
Asking yourself these questions, can help root out all of your unspoken expectations. Expectations are not always the enemy, but unspoken expectations are breeding ground for trouble.
Now that you have the answers written out, ask yourself what would you need to do in order to make these things happen?
Looking over my expectations, I realize one thing. It is up to me for these things to happen. My kids will follow my lead. Yes, they may fight it at times, but overall they are following what you set up. Which leads me into my next tip.
Keep a regular rhythm.
Summer is a time when our rhythms change. The more rigid routines take a step back. However, this does not mean that all sense of time has to go away. While the school schedule is gone, it is good to still have a regular rhythm to follow.
Keeping a regular rhythm helps you and your kids thrive as you know what to expect.
For example: In our summer rhythm we have one planned activity a day (we use the At-Home Summer Camp Kit), reading time, screen time, and playtime. I like to be intentional with planning out when I will exercise or have downtime as well. Using the Summer Planning Guide can help you plan out your days.
Let go of comparison.
Everyone’s summer is going to look different. Some people may be traveling, some may not. Some will have pools that are open, some will not. We cannot thrive if we are spending summer wishing we had different circumstances. It is hard to learn, but learning to be content in our own seasons is such a life-giving thing.
Focus on what is right in front of you.
This summer, we all have a little bit of anxiety. There is a lot of unknown about what the fall will hold. Our thoughts can quickly spiral out of control.
We could spend the entire summer stressing over what may happen, or we could stop and focus on what is right in front of us.
Stop trying to do it all in your own strength.
You cannot do it all. None of us can. We need God to help us daily. Take time and go to God every single day. Ask Him for the strength. Ask Him to guide you this summer. We do not need to spend hours in our Bibles, yes it is good to do but not always practical as a mom. What we can do is pray and read a verse here or there.
You need to take the time to rest. As moms we can quickly get so busy doing all of the things. However, we must take time to rest. This may mean saying no to activities or outings. It may mean stopping working so you can sit.
Are you ready to thrive this summer? You have got this mama! And when the days are tough, because there will be those days, I am here cheering you on! Share your summer with us using #thrivingmomssummer Let’s share the good and the hard and be there for each other, reminding each other that we can thrive!
Want summer fun activities for your kids? Check out the At-Home Summer Camp Kit!
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