When your baby was born into the world, you can’t help but feel the joy. But those first moments of bliss are quickly tried by crying infants, sleep deprivation, and all sorts of challenges.
If you can tap into the joy that comes from obeying Christ and being in His presence, you can be a happier mom no matter what is happening. Happiness, pleasure, contentment, satisfaction, cheerfulness is actually something you can increase in your life by your thoughts and actions.
Here are some ways to help you become a happier mom:
Play together. There is nothing like play to bring about family togetherness. Make time for vacations together, have fun at home, go on frequent outings (from getting ice cream out or go swimming on the beach together), share holiday traditions, enjoy humor together, and work on service projects together. Sharing playful experiences will build family memories that will bond you all in powerful ways.
Be there. Your kids regard your very presence as a sign of caring and connectedness. It's crucial for you to spend as much time as possible with them. Keep in mind that your job as a parent is a calling from God - more important than any other work you do, including the job you get paid to do - and your influence on your kids will be your greatest legacy.
Ask God to help you make whatever sacrifices you need to make to free up your time and energy to be there for your kids often. Be available to talk with them, help them, attend their events, and cheer them on in their various pursuits. Your kids crave your presence, and nothing can make up for your absence.
"How happy is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways! You will be happy, and it will go well for you…You…will see your children’s children." Psalms 128:1-2
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