The days can be long.
The whining, the complaining, the never-ending requests for drinks and snacks.
Motherhood can be draining.
When we find ourselves in this day-to-day grind, it is important to have a couple of ideas in our back pocket.
These ideas ensure that we will not turn into mean, angry mom and instead keep our eyes set on joy and love.
So if you, like me, need an uplifting message today, here are 100 ways to regain joy in parenting.
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100 Ways to Regain Joy in Parenting
#1: Take a break. Take a day off of homeschool, take a day off of sports. Just take a day!
#2: Read a book.
#3: Look at the big picture. Look a few years down the road. Take off the blinders!
#4: Take a long, hot bubble bath.
#5: Make a cup of hot tea. Find a quiet place in your backyard and just sit.
#6: Listen to an inspiring podcast.
#7: Go on a date night.
#8: Take a walk around a quiet museum without your kids.
#9: Go to bed early. It is ok. Tomorrow is a new day!
#10: Find that one thing that is driving you crazy and if possible, fix it. If you cannot fix it, let it go.
#11: Read through the book of Psalms over a couple of days.
#12: Watch a movie with a big bowl of popcorn.
#13: Look through baby photos of your kids. Remember their cute, baby faces and enjoy the memories.
#14: Get on the floor and play with your kids. I mean really play. Make funny noises and all.
#15: Tell your kids a story about your childhood.
#16: Find something new for your home that inspires you. Maybe a funny pillow or uplifting sign.
#17: Meet up with a friend for coffee.
#18: Go on a nature walk with your kids. The fresh air is good for everyone.
#19: Scratch that to-do list and have a board game day.
#20: Kiss your husband for no reason. Remember the love that started it all.
#21: Make your bed. Something about a made bed sparks joy in my life.
#22: Kiss the top of your kids’ heads and tell them you love them.
#23: Put your cell phone away for the day. The world will go on. I promise.
#24: For no reason, look at your child in the eye and tell them you are proud of them.
#25: Read aloud to your kids snuggled up on the couch.
#26: Find a new book on Amazon to read. That one you have been wanting to buy!
#27: Take everyone out for a day at the movies. Popcorn and candy included.
#28: Take a nap with a super cozy blanket.
#29: Let go of guilt. The guilt about not breastfeeding, not baby wearing, not doing it all right. Let all that guilt go!
#30: Remember that you cannot control your children. You are responsible creating a joyful environment. Do it!
#31: Take 30 minutes and do a hobby you love. Set a timer and enjoy your break.
#32: Catch your kid doing something right. Look at them through positive lenses.
#33: Take a minute and soak in the sweetness of your kids’ sleeping.
#34: Find one way you can stay connected with your kids and try it today.
#35: Eat a piece of chocolate.
#36: Don’t sweat the small stuff and don’t miss the big stuff.
#37: Respect your children.
#38: Start a tickle fight. You will not be able to contain the laughter.
#39: Play some loud music and have a family dance party.
#40: When something is driving you crazy, see the lesson in the moment.
#41: Journal your blessings.
#42: Stop and pray for a joyful attitude.
#43: Laugh at something that would normally make you cry. There is no use in crying over spilled milk!
#44: Stop what you are doing to really listen to your kids.
#45: Get out of the house. Even if it is just a trip to the coffee shop, that might be all it takes to turn it around.
#46: Be present in the moment. Right here. Right now.
#47: Reframe your attitude. Change the way you think about the situation. Turn it into a positive light.
#48: Start an epic game of hide and seek (Bonus: when hiding, you get to sit still!)
#49: Take deep, cleansing breaths.
#50: Find one thing in your home to clean.
#51: Ask for help. And never feel guilty!
#52: Kiss the top of your child’s head.
#53: Have a camp out in your family room.
#54: Get encouragement from a friend.
#55: Watch a Hallmark movie. Or another feel good movie.
#56: Embrace the way your child needs to be loved (even when others do not understand)
#57: Be a blessing to someone else. Their joy will be contagious.
#58: Get a manicure.
#59: Listen to hymns.
#60: Sit with your spouse and dream together.
#62: Spend time in prayer as a family.
#63: Sit down & have a board game marathon.
#64: Write down all those thoughts running around in your head.
#65: Take a night off and order Chinese.
#66: Learn a new hobby taking an online class.
#67: Do a puzzle.
#68: Treat yourself to a bowl of ice cream.
#69: Laugh out loud about something silly you just did.
#70: Start a game of tag in the backyard.
#71: Do some yoga.
#72: Prep for the next day.
#73: Speak kind words.
#74: Work cheerfully. Smile even when you do not want too. It can help turn it around.
#76: Cuddle with a pet, a spouse, a child. Cuddling just makes it all better.
#77: Plan a mom’s night out.
#78: Plan a movie night with your spouse.
#79: Do a little research. When some parenting issue is driving you crazy, grab some resources and make a change.
#80: Make an effort to really listen to your kids today.
#81: It is fine to set limits in parenting. Again, let the guilt go!
#82: Let your house go for the day. It will be there tomorrow.
#83: You were created by God to be your child’s parent. Remember that!
#84: Focus on the positive.
#85: Focus on being a positive role model to your kids.
#86: Reevaluate what your child’s loves, joys, and passions are right now.
#87: How can you help your kids be successful today?
#88: Go to a place that makes you happy.
#89: Define your goals in parenting. (I have a helpful guide here.)
#90: Use a chore chart to keep up with your home (Check out my mom bucks idea).
#91: End the bickering with My Day, Your Day.
#92: Get away and do something energizing.
#93: Go for a jog (even if it is only 10 minutes)
#94: Give up complaining. It is not getting you anywhere.
#95: Remember that joy is a decision and a response to life.
#96: Find joy in the ordinary. Train your brain to find joy in little things.
#97: Remember that you are enough and do not have to prove yourself worthy.
#98: God loves you.
#99: Jesus died for your sins.
#100: Most importantly: The joy of the Lord is your strength.
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