It’s Day FOUR of summer and I’m reminding myself (already) not to wish this time away. On repeat, my head is telling me be present, be patient. Be present, be patient. But oh smokes, friends. I remember fighting with my brother more than I remember not fighting with him, but dear Lord, as a parent I get it. I get why the summer camps and theatre camp, horse camp and fishing camp. Anything that can separate the irritating and incessant combat over who gets which plate color at dinner and who gets to the front door first. All hands on deck this summer. Be present. Be patient.
But today, folks. Today I lost it. After battle cry fifteen, words were said. I don’t pride myself in much, but I try so very hard to be mindful with my words around them and at them. Try as I might, and as I did, I couldn’t control the Momster boiling up inside of me. Most days she’s chillin. I like to think of this little inner-mom sitting poolside with a big stack of books and beverages, taking in the view. And most days, that’s how she rolls, especially if I’ve had a good run or got some errands done. Other days, today-days, she’s throwing her lounge chair into the pool, and all the books with it. Goodbye chill etiquette. Hello full-blown mega Momster.
Fortunately for all included, Becky Kopitzke, blogger and author of Generous Love and SuperMom Myth, sent me her newest book, The Cranky Mom Fix: Get a Happier, More Peaceful Home by Slaying the Momster in All of Us, as part of her launch team and I am EATING it UP! Moms, please tell me I’m not alone in this. Am I the only one triggered by the pitch of whining? Am I the only one revisiting methods like 1, 2, 3 Magic and Timeouts for Tattles? Am I the only one wondering if it’s all because of me- because if only I were a more patient parent … if only I could perfectly balance the work and home life … if I didn’t give them sugar … if … .
Well, if you’re still reading this, maybe you’re nodding your head and I’m not alone. You are not alone. We are not alone. And we’re not without hope either, amen? Over and over in her book, Becky takes us back to scripture. Back to the goodness found in the richness of Jesus’ promises to be near to us, to restore our strength. Her words guide us back into the glory unfolding before us in the lives of these children. Our children. She reminds us of the (not always wanted) humility and growth of every struggle we enter and endure as a parent. And as a mom of three daughters, buckle up, I’m sure I’m in for the most sweet and wild ride of my life.
You can find more information on Becky Kopitzke’s’s new book The Cranky Mom Fix: How to Get a Happier, More Peaceful Home by Slaying the “Momster” in All of Us and how to redeem the exclusive preorder bonus gifts with a purchase, and also a free chapter, by June 4, 2019 at crankymomfix.com. (ad).