Motherhood is one of life’s greatest blessings. However, it’s also one of the most challenging roles you’ll ever have. Caring around the clock for others and raising them to become loving, thoughtful adults, can wear on your emotions some days. Add the responsibilities of homeschooling, and maybe even working from home and it’s all too easy to get discouraged.
That’s why self-care for homeschool mothers is so important. And taking care of yourself is more than just physical – it’s also emotional. And it’s critical to find ways to stay encouraged as a homeschool mom.
If you’re feeling discouraged in your homeschool day, take a moment to read through these 15 encouraging quotes for moms.
15 Encouraging Quotes for Moms
1) Praise loudly. Correct softly. ~ Unknown
2) Successful mothers are not the ones who have never struggled. They are the ones that never give up, despite the struggles. ~ Sharon Jaynes
3) Children are not a distraction from more important work, they are the most important work. ~ C.S. Lewis
4) You will never look back on life and say, “I spent too much time with my kids.” ~ Unknown
5) If we really have too much to do, there are some items on the agenda which God did not put there. There is always time to do the will of God. If we are too busy to do that, we are too busy. ~ Elisabeth Elliot
6) It is easier to build up a child, than it is to repair an adult. Choose your words wisely. ~ Unknown
7) Don’t worry that children never listen to you. Worry that they are always watching you. ~ Robert Fulghum
8) Don’t let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one. ~ Glennon Melton
9) There is no way to be a perfect mother, but a million ways to be a good one. ~ Jill Churchhill
10) The most precious jewels you’ll ever have around your neck are the arms of your children. ~ Unknown
11) The best thing you can do for your kids is to show them God working in you on a daily basis. ~ Greg Groeschel
12) Your children don’t want a perfect mom, they want a happy mom. ~ Unknown
13) Purpose is found in those quiet moments when no one but God sees the work of your hands. ~ Darlene Schacht
14) Real moms aren’t perfect and perfect moms aren’t real. ~ Unknown
15) Being a mother is not about what you gave up to have a child, but what you gained by having one. ~ Sunny Gupta
5 Ways to Stay Encouraged as a Mom
With children ranging in age from thirty down to 7, I’ve learned much about parenting (and homeschooling) over the years. And while I don’t hold myself out as an expert, I’ve found several ways to stay encouraged when I’m feeling frustrated, confused, lost, or just downright exhausted with my mom duties!
Here are five things that have worked for me – and maybe they can help you too.
#1. Pray and/or Meditate on Scripture
Sometimes I use a Bible app on my phone, and other times I return to my well-worn King James Bible. I’ll read a few lines, journal, or take part in an online Bible study.
Yes, journaling does help! Spending even just 15 minutes daily to record my thoughts, fears, frustrations, hopes and successes helps. I find that when I try to find at least ONE good thing that happened with my children on even the most difficult days, I feel encouraged.
#3. Read a Christian Parenting Book
There are so many out there, but I have to say that hands-down, anything that Sally Clarkson writes (I just love Awakening Wonder) will get my vote!
#4. Talk to a Trusted Friend or Counselor
Whether you can meet for coffee, a Zoom chat, or even just text back-and-forth during the day, having mom-friends is SO important to help stay encouraged.
#5. Save your Favorite Encouraging Quotes for Mom
Save your favourite quotes in places you will see them and be reminded of the important work you’re doing. Maybe make a pretty screen saver on your phone or laptop. Or create a hand-drawn cover for your journal using your favourite quote. Perhaps just save this link right to your home screen on your phone.
The key is to experiment and find out what YOU can do to keep yourself going on the marathon of being a mom. I know you can do it.
I hope this list of encouraging quotes for mom has blessed you.
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Sarita Harbour is a busy mom/step-mom, and grandmother blessed with seven kids ranging from age 32 down to seven. She lives off the grid with her family in a lakefront chalet in the beautiful wilderness of Canada’s far north. She spends her days teaching, writing, and learning the ropes of homesteading off the grid. Visit her site, Off Grid Life, for free printables and resources on homesteading, homeschooling, and self-reliance for the whole family.