How Blogging Helps Me to Be a Better Mom

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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?

Perhaps.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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27 thoughts on “How Blogging Helps Me to Be a Better Mom

  1. You are so right with this post. It is a wonderful way to reflect on both the good and the poopy art walls (sorry, loved that.) After writing, there usually is a perspective on all the situations, no matter they are times of struggle or happy moments. Loved this post.

    1. Aww, thank you for your sweet words! Yeah, writing really helps us to slow down and see things in ways that we otherwise wouldn’t.

  2. I can relate to this post. When bloggers share their children’s childhoods through pictures and words, it will be something they can read some day and enjoy. I know I would not write nearly as much down if I didn’t have a blog and I would forget some of the details.

  3. What a great way to think about it! I always say if I get nothing else from my blog, at least I am documenting this amazing time in my kids life and it will always live on the internet! 🙂

    1. Yes, I love having a record of our family happenings. Hopefully, nothing every happens to all that we’ve written in cyberspace! 🙂

  4. I agree. Writing our thoughts help us remember what we’ve done well, and where we can improve. It’s nice to read from others too to realize we’re not alone in daily struggles of parenting.

  5. I can relate the part of the special needs. I started my blog almost 6 years ago because I needed an outlet to vent. A place to start educating people about autism with what I was going through. It has changed some over the years. It was a place I could feel safe and not judged. Granted if I was being judged it wasn’t left in the comments. It also gave me a chance to meet other bloggers.

    1. Absolutely! Getting the feedback from others helps with the processing too. And even just knowing others can relate.

  6. I think you have a wonderful balance! Being a mommy should come first, but part of being a good mommy is you having an outlet for the things that are important to you. If writing is your passion, you will be a better mommy by giving yourself time to do just that. Love this post – thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for your encouragement! I do love to write, but can’t always find the time to do it. Sometimes, it has to wait because the kids keep me busy enough. But, I am thankful when I get a good block of time to write.

  7. Thanks for sharing this! Sometimes I feel guilt about spending time on my blog, but it’s a fun way to document and share my thoughts. I think my kids have learned things about me that they might not have known by reading my blog posts too! Visiting you from the Shine Blog Hop.

  8. i totally agree with you here. i think blogging gives me the opportunity to reflect on my experiences as a mum (amongst other things.) i love that i have my own little space where i can write about whatever i want, whenever i want. i find it so therapeutic and calming to write things down and get things off my chest. #Shine

    1. Yes, I agree. There can be a calming effect to writing. I know it helps me to slow down and think more deeply about things.

  9. How lovely! I agree. I am a mom to two young girls (29 months and 11 months), so blogging sometimes has to be put off until I can get a handle on things. I love sharing stories about my kids and helping others who may be struggling like I have. Thanks for a beautiful post!

    1. Yes, I love how blogging can have that two-way effect: giving us an outlet and helping others too at the same time

  10. I totally agree! I love that blogging is a way to remember all those everyday moments that can slip past and be forgotten. I’ve also found that blogging is a really great sounding board for my concerns and a great place to find support when it’s needed.
    Thanks for sharing your post on the Shine Blog Hop!
    Amber at OurCharmedLife.net

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