5 Things That Have Made Me A Better Mother

Jennifer Lizza describes herself as wife, runner, sleep enthusiast, blogger behind Outsmarted Mommy and– above all else– mom. As mom of two boys, she certainly has her hands full, but Jennifer still finds the time to pause and reflect on the lessons she’s learned as a mother.

In the article below, titled Five Things That Have Made Me a Better Mother, Jennifer shares her thoughts:


You have heard it all before. Motherhood is hard. Motherhood is unpredictable. You may not ever really feel like you know what you’re doing. While all of these things are true, there is a lot of joy, wisdom and knowledge that come along with being a mother.

I have to admit however that I haven’t always found the joy, wisdom or knowledge I was hoping to have. There have been many days that have been filled with frustration and doubt. There have been days that I have wanted bedtime to arrive sooner rather than later. There have been days that I have cried on the phone to my husband while he is at work. There have been days I yelled more than I would have liked. Those have not been my proudest moments as a mother. I finally figured out that there were some things I needed to change.


1. Redefining the idea of the perfect day.


I needed to realize that the days are never going to be “magazine or Pinterest perfect.” The kids are not always going to have on clothes that match or are stain free for that matter. We are not going to be able to do the perfect craft once a week to hang on our fridge for all our relatives to see. We are not always going to eat perfectly prepared organic meals and that is okay. Sometimes the perfect day is going to be spent inside in our pajamas. We are going to eat pretzels and cookies and watch way too much television. We are going to throw caution to the wind and feel a sense of freedom.


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