I used to think “Mommy Blogger” was an oxymoron. Moms of young children, in particular, are busy. Their days are full enough already without adding blogging to the mix. Often, they wear many different hats, so would donning the blogger hat simply be a recipe for disaster?
Mommy bloggers need to understand there is a delicate balance. Between “mommy” and “blogger”, their most important job will always be “Mommy”. I enjoy writing, but I’ve learned to loosen my grip on this blog, realizing that this may end any time, but I will always be a mom to my children.
Nonetheless, I see how blogging, in some ways, helps me to be a better mom.
It gives me an opportunity to talk about my kids.
What parent doesn’t want to talk about their kids? We share their funny stories, heartfelt moments, and accomplishments to whoever can stand listening to us. Even my husband and I can’t get through a date night without talking about them.
It helps me to look back and laugh.
Sometimes there are just those defining moments in a mother’s life that say “I am THAT mom, and my offspring is THAT child.” Like the time when my child turned on the bidet full blast at someone else’s house and flooded the bathroom. Or the time I discovered that my kid was not taking a nap after all, but creating art all over his wall … with his poop.
During those moments, you either want to scream at the top of your lungs or curl up into a ball and disappear. But, when you start looking back and retelling the story, you actually find the funnies within those frustrations.
It helps me to think through the challenges in life.
There was a time in my life when I struggled a lot with having a child with special needs. I was prone to depression. So, I began to write, as a way to process my thoughts and emotions and record what God was teaching me through my hardships. These written thoughts ended up in a blog that I had before this one. To my surprise, not only did God use it to help me but others, who were also looking for encouragement in their own trials.
It is a reminder of the lessons I have learned.
“In one ear and out the other.” That’s how I sometimes feel about my kids when I instruct them. But even I can quickly forget those important life lessons! It’s a good way to keep myself accountable when I can look back and read my past blog posts. And how much more convicting it is when I’m reading words that have come from my own heart!
It is a place where I can count my blessings.
Lastly, blogging has given me an opportunity to see the good in my life. No, I don’t have the perfect life. Far from it. No, I’m not a perfect wife or mother. If my walls could only speak. But even in the midst of life’s troubles, I have been blessed. Here, in my little piece of cyberspace, I can count my blessings and see what God has done.
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