The Book that Made Me Cry by Page Six (and a Giveaway!!)

By March 23, 2012Get Inspired

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but my favorite motherhood book is The Mission of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson. I remember when I first read it, by the end of the Chapter 1 my eyes were all misty.

Why? Because of Sally’s desire to mentor. Most parenting books I’d read up to that point were about “managing” your children, but this book was different. Sally wanted to help us learn how to “be” mothers.

For this mama who never knew her mama and felt utterly clueless going into the most important job of her life, I practically jumped up and down raising my hand saying, me! me! I want that!

And Sally didn’t disappoint. Not only have her books challenged, taught and inspired me, but I’ve also had the privilege of getting to know Sally recently and she is truly one of those amazing and rare women deeply passionate about investing in the lives of others.

She writes books, blog posts, hosts conferences and even has retreats in her own home simply because she wants to mentor young mothers so that they can powerfully impact the next generation for God.

A New Place For Encouragment and Inspiration

I’m so excited to tell you that Sally has started a new site called MomHeart Online. It is a community of moms who are dedicated to truly seeing motherhood as their mission and ministry. I’m incredibly honored to be part of the team of writers, including Sarah Mae, Ruth, Ann, Courtney and several others who will share our stories there. What I love about this new blog is that it will be a mixture of Sally’s wisdom, she’s raised 4 amazing children, and the “in the trench” experiences of the rest of the writing team.

I hope you’ll check out MomHeart Online and join us there to learn, encourage and grow.

A Giveaway

Update: Giveaway is now closed. Winner was Janet-comment 212.

Sally was gracious enough to offer a copy of Mission of Motherhood for a giveaway today!

To enter, simply join the dicussion here and tell us the best piece of motherhood advice you’ve received. It can be simple, profound or funny. Let’s encourage and inspire one another.

Leave your comment here. And don’t forget to check out to visit MomHeart online!

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  • The best advice I have received would be to spend time with my littlest first in the day so that I can focus on the older ones for school (home school) without as much interruption…and it works!

  • Avatar Deb says:

    The best piece of parenting advice came from my own mom. She told me that God had given this/these children to ME so that I would be the expert of my own child(ren) and that I should seek wisdom but trust my heart.

    Blessings on the journey~

  • Avatar Southern Gal says:

    My mama was young when she married and young when she had me. We practically grew up together. And we played together. She taught me to jump rope, roller skate, make mud pies and ride a bike by doing them with me. She taught me how important it is to play with your children – to be available and have fun.

  • Avatar Becca R says:

    When my son was an infant and I couldn’t see past the baby stage, I was reminded that it is only for a season. I am trying to remember that with my now preschool aged son!

  • Avatar Sara says:

    To be present in whatever I’m doing at that moment. So hard sometimes, but it makes such a difference, both for me and for my little ones. That, and to not compare myself to the perfect mom. You know, small and simple things like that. πŸ˜‰

  • Avatar Angela W. says:

    The best advice… “love them like Jesus!” There is a time for consequences and punishment, but don’t miss out on the opportunity to offer and teach them about grace and mercy!

  • Avatar Jackie says:

    The best piece of mothering advice I received was to take lots of pictures…even if the kiddos aren’t happy. Our babies grow so quickly, and while it’s nice to see their toothless grins and “cheese faces,” it can be just as sweet to see their mad face or the surprise in their eyes when you discover the mess they made with grasshopper pie when they drove their cars through it (all over the couch).

  • Avatar Cathy V says:

    the best piece of advice was from my own mom. To be as silly as possible and make everything a game.

  • Avatar Suzanne says:

    The best piece of advice I ever got was in the form of a story. The mom was telling me that one of her sons in particular always wanted to sleep in their bed. She always said no, and it was one of her biggest regrets.

  • Avatar Katie says:

    The best advice I have gotten is to have fun with your kids. Play with them and be silly with them. That means far more to them than a clean house or new gadget or toy!

  • Avatar Brenda H says:

    Best piece of advice ever – STAY HOME with your children. No amount of money/paycheck equals the value of being a mother to your children. No one can take your place and you only have them for 18 years.

  • Avatar Darlene says:

    It’s not gonna look like you thought it would. I thought motherhood would be easy. I was an awesome babysitter. I thought I’d never do this or that and I’ve done them both. When we’re just starting out we know everything there is to know, right? As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that it’s important to listen to those who have walked this road before me. They actually do know more than I do. Relax and don’t beat yourself up for messing up or for being a mess.

  • Avatar emily says:

    To take each day one at a time and remember in life there are always seasons

  • Avatar Sarah Chia says:

    I think the best mothering advice came from my mother. Two things stick out. First just like Brenda H… she told me that kids will want to talk when they want to talk. So, even though quality time is great and necessary, I should never underestimate the value of QUANTITY time. I want to be there whenever my child decides to open up. The more I’m home and available, the more likely I’ll be there to hear them.

    #2 is “Move your body, not your mouth.” This is to help me remember to go to my child and speak to him/her like a person. Not to just yell at them to obey, but to go over and help them obey with my presence (or with little kids, actually with my hands moving their hands!).

    Oh, and #3 (sorry… I couldn’t pick just one!) was to accept my children unconditionally, just as Jesus accepts me.

  • Avatar Kari Coppinger says:

    Two things.

    1. When you get a toy that has more than one piece, throw one piece away and then you’ll never have to be stressed about trying to find all the pieces! (tee hee)

    2. When baby #2 came, someone told me that it is OK to let the baby cry while you tend to the older child. The older child has to learn to wait and to share mamma, but not every time. The older child still can come first sometimes. This really helped me in starting to balance having more than one who needed my attention.

  • Avatar Laura says:

    The best advice I got as a new mother was to always listen to my doctor. Smile and listen politely to everything people tell you, even your mother in law, but always follow your doctor’s advice. Things change and old wives tales are not always the right answer. As my kids grew, I learned to trust my instinct and to question the doctor more. I knew my kids more and I wanted answers.

  • Avatar Aimee says:

    This is advice that you hear all the time, But you really don’t realize how true it is until later on. -Enjoy them while you can because they grow up so quickly!! My oldest is now 8 and I can’t believe that’s possible that 8 years have gone by. It makes me sad to realize how many opportunities I have missed to really enjoy him that I’ll never be able to get back. So as simple as it sounds, I really think this is the most truthful, helpful advice I have received.

  • Avatar Katitav says:

    The best advice I received was to always teach my children the way of God by reading the Bible, praying with them, bring them to church, and to set THE EXAMPLE BY THE LIFE I LEAD. I wasn’t raised in a Christian home and had no idea that a loving God had a purpose for my life. I think it is a great privileged to show my children Christ loves them and teach them His statutes. This conviction didn’t really sink in until a year after my son was born. My daughter was two at the time and I realized they knew very little about the Lord and His word because I had walked away. Encouraging words from my spiritual mother, my pastor’s wife, really helped me to realize the impact (or lack there of) my choices were making on my children and on my own life.

  • Avatar Daniella says:

    Some great advice that always gives me perspective on the hard days (which really, feels like everyday…) is to just get down on my knees… View the world and home in which you live from your knees, not only because on your knees is where you are humble and prayerful before the Lord, but because on your knees is where you best see your children: their faces, their sadness, their little drawings that they want to show you, the little houses and people they have created out of random objects found around the house…. Things become simple when I just get down on my knees to pray and to serve!!!

  • Avatar kimberlee says:

    Very recently I got a very profound encouragement from another mom watching our kids in karate. My 7 YO tends to play with her pony tails and her head in the clouds and I will try to get her attention to remind her to pay attention to the sensei. She can make me crazy! The mom was chuckling and reminded me that what kid doesn’t have their head in the clouds? That grounded me and got me thinking, what’s wrong with having your head in the clouds? Of course, we can’t stay there all day, but when was the last time I was “dreamy” like my little girl?

  • Avatar Katie says:

    My mom (who died before I became a mom) always reassured other moms that kids don’t generally start kindergarten with a blanket, pacifier, or wearing diapers, so they could relax a little πŸ™‚

  • Avatar Laura V says:

    I’m new to motherhood, so I have gotten lots of advice from so many different people! I’d have to say that the best advice I’ve gotten follows the “It’s OK….” rule: It’s okay your kitchen is a mess, it’s okay the laundry basket is overfollowing, it’s okay that the bed isn’t made, it’s okay the floors aren’t swept, etc. There are more important things in your life– your children, your husband, your self! Do your best to take care of what you can, and save for tomorrow what you can’t get to (or don’t feel like getting to!) today.

  • Avatar Kristen Zoeckler says:

    The best advice I ever got is: The days are long, but the years are short. When a day is dragging on forever and you feel like you’re willing every minute to crawl by just to get to bedtime, remember that soon these little preschoolers will be grown and you’ll miss each minute that you willed away.

  • Avatar Tina says:

    The best advice I ever recieved was to “look at your children and listen when they talk to you”. It is not as easy, and I often find myself making the effort to do it. But it has make such a difference…

  • Avatar Marty Larson says:

    Don’t stress over super house cleaning. Make time and memories for the children.

  • Avatar Joy Stotts says:

    Forget the cobwebs and play with the kids! I love the comment above about getting down on your knees! I can’t wait to read everyones advice!

  • Avatar Jill says:

    Before I ever had children I heard a mother say that she was raising wives and mothers, she was not raising children. That has stuck with me for 10 years. It has become part of parenting goals. I want my kids to be responsible, respectful, and loving adults… not grown up children! So thankful for hearing that, and she never even knew she affected me!

  • Avatar Michelle says:

    1 – Remember, they are children, not little grown-ups.

    2 – And, remember not to compare myself to other moms who seem to have it all together… I’ve discovered that most moms are just as harried as I am (=

  • Avatar April Emery says:

    I was in a dark place after my 2nd child was born (I now have 3) and was really frustrated with my children and asking God “why” a lot and even telling him some days “I did not sign up for this!” A wise friend of mine reminded me one day …

    “God made no mistakes when he gave you the children you have to parent.”

    On those hard days when I don’t have a lot of patience or when my children seem to be pressing every.single.button I have I remind myself of this. My kids were not given to me just to raise and release. Just as I am in their lives to help disciple them, they are in my life ON PURPOSE to make me more like my Lord. It can really put those hard days in persepective and help open my heart to a lesson the Lord may be wanting to teach me.

  • Avatar Hilary says:

    Use your strengths in mothering.

  • The best advice I ever received was to get to the heart of the issue – my child’s heart – and to always point the child to scripture.

    I am currently reading the ministry of motherhood and would love to read this one next!

  • Avatar Kel says:

    The best piece of advice I’ve gotten came from my own mom. She simply said to enjoy every moment, even the times of crying in the middle of the night. As someone else said in an earlier comment, the days are long but the years are short. So true! Not every moment is great, but I do try to enjoy them anyway. πŸ™‚

  • Avatar Sandra says:

    When I was in my early 20’s my aunt told me the best thing you can do for your children is love your husband. I didn’t get married until my late 20’s and didn’t have children til almost 30.

    I’ll admit I didn’t understand how loving my husband had anything to do with raising my children well. Oh how naive I was. I didn’t understand the stability and comfort it gives a child to live in a happy and loving home. I’m so happy she took the time to tell me that and that I remembered it almost a decade later πŸ™‚

  • Avatar julie says:

    The best advice: make your marriage priority! be unselfish. a healthy marriage instills security and confidence in your children

  • Avatar Julie Reynolds says:

    The best advice I received was after my children were grown but I hope to use it with my grandchildren…. “Life is not an emergency! Slow down, be present, to hurry is the mark of an amateur.” Ann Voskamp

  • Avatar Lisa K says:

    The best advice I have received is to fill up myself by spending time alone with God first so that I have something to give to my children. A close second, motherhood is ministry.

  • Avatar Kim T says:

    My mom said this to us growing up and I sure have said it to my children….I may not always love what you DO, but I will always love YOU.

  • Avatar stephanie e says:

    I don’t know if it was advice or encouragement, but my mother in law has told me that it isn’t how your kids behave for you (because they will ALWAYS test the limits with you!), but its how they behave for others that should encourage me that we’re doing something right! I thing of that a lot when my kiddos are testing me!

  • Avatar KO says:

    “You will not teach them what to think, but how to think. They will then know how to act.” ~ Abigail Adams

  • Avatar Laura says:

    Expect the unexpected. Just when you get a routine established, the kids grow up or change and then you have to readjust your routine once again.

  • The best motherhood advice I have received is to remember THE outcome we desire for our children – that they know the Lord. It is so easy to worry about behavior or safety or comfort or being good enough, but when I remember that I want my kids to know Him, everything else seems small and unimportant.

  • Avatar Shonda says:

    The best advice I received was to savor the moments! I try! They grow so fast.

  • Avatar Jennifer says:

    Oh, I’d love to have this book! The best piece of advice I’ve gotten is to trust myself, my instincts per se. Sometimes I feel a certain way about something or someone and can’t say why, but eventually, in time the reason becomes evident and there’s never been a time when I had regretted going with my instincts πŸ™‚

  • Avatar Natasha d says:

    My mom said to me after having my first child — do what you have to do — don’t worry about what your friends are doing, or what all of the books say — do what works for you and your child and your family!! Thanks mom!!! I’d love Sally’s book!

  • Avatar Kristie says:

    One of the best things I’ve learned is to trust yourself.
    There are so many voices that will give advice & information…you have to make your decisions based on what you value, and then not worry about all the other noise.

  • Avatar Cheyenne Bigelow says:

    Some of the best advice I have received is that when we have hard moments in motherhood to just breathe. Slow down, breathe in and out, and look for the joy in the moment. There is always some joy and some blessing in all of it. So thankful for this journey. And so thankful for your blog.

  • I think was when someone told me that being a mom isn’t about being perfect but just giving to our family and kids the best that we can and have to give!

  • Avatar Stacy Burkman says:

    From a little parenting class at my church:
    When we have a picture in our mind of what our child should look like, be like, and the child is not at all what we thought she or he would be, we can either tear up our (false) picture or tear up the child through critical words and actions and unrealistic expectations. We must let go of our control and ask God to help us know how to help this precious child become who He had created them to be.

  • Avatar miriam says:

    The best piece i ever received was from my mother when she reminded me that “We are not raising children, we are raising adults in transit”. This really impacted me and has changed the way is see my kids now. It constantly reminds me to treat my with the new respect and love and also to enjoy time with them since they will grow to be adults sooner than i know..

  • Avatar Christa Arnstam says:

    The best piece of advice I’ve been given (perhaps the best for my personality ;), is to RELAX, enjoy the season and pray. His Grace is sufficient. What a beautiful season.

  • Avatar Julie says:

    The best piece of advice I got was to not look so hard for what your child is doing wrong because you will always find something. My home is much more peaceful now that I don’t look so hard to be critical.

  • Avatar Melody says:

    Best advice: spend time with them and not always worry about dishes and housework; they grow so fast!!!

  • Avatar Meghan says:

    That unless Better Homes and Gardens is coming over to take pictures of your house, don’t worry so much about it’s state all the time! The orderliness will ebb and flow….just be with your children and experience them.

  • Avatar ananda says:

    I am probably too late for this discussion but a grandpa told me once that we raise young men and women and treat them as such. Obviously with age appropriate responsibility. Also never talking ‘down’ to them. They are created in God’s image with His same spirit that is in you and me!
    Something else that HS revealed to me once is that I am exactly the right mother for my children. That I am exactly what they need to equip them for life. That even my mistakes and how it is fixed with God is what will form and train them in life to walk as the men/women God created them to be.
    I’ve loved Sally Clarkson’s guidance through her tweets and blog incredibly. I’ve been struggling a bit to find her/their book(s) here in South Africa. But eventually somewhere I’ll find it.
    Awesome giveaway and discussion!

  • Avatar Dasha Estalilla says:

    I think the best advice that I have ever received is to remember that they are NOT my children, they are GOD’s children and he entrusted them to me. Remembering that helps me keep the focus on the thing that matters most – teaching them the Gospel and to know and passionately love Jesus. It also helps me fight the fear every mom faces – that something might happen to them, that is beyond my control. He loves them so much infinitely more than I ever could.

  • Avatar Jennifer M says:

    Pick your battles. And don’t criticize yourself when the battle you chose to address isn’t the same as someone else! God is fully equipping me daily to be the mother of the children He has given me.

  • Avatar beth says:

    When I was pregnant and trying to decide what kind of mother I wanted to be, someone suggested that I wait to meet my child before I decide what they need. That has proven to be exceptional advice.

  • Avatar Jessica says:

    In the midst of lots of littles (still kinda there, actually) someone told me “lower your expectations, make sure you laugh and call out for pizza if you have to.” It’s helped me tremendously!

  • Avatar Steph says:

    One of the best pieces of advice that I was given was to make room for my husband – to let him parent in his own style instead of micromanaging him. Once I realized that I had been trying to make him do everything my way, we had a much better partnership – one that has definitely benefited our children! That was a few years ago, and I am so thankful, as right now I am at a medical center with my youngest for a few weeks while Dad has the other two, and I feel very confident that he is doing a great job.

  • Avatar jen says:

    Pray with your children, and pray for your children.

  • Avatar Nohemi says:

    The best advice I have received: Keep it Simple! No time for a gourmet meal tonight? Pizza and brownies will do!

  • Avatar April Boyer says:

    The best piece of advice that I have been given as a mom is to let them be kids! I grew up in a strict and abusive home and I now struggle with balancing discipline with the free will and spirit of childhood. Just like everyone else out there I am still trying to figure it all out, as it is a life long process!

  • Avatar Brittany says:

    My mother instilled in us the importance of grace. After becoming a mother myself, she encouraged me to reflect often on how the grace we give our children out of love is a mirror of the grace our Savior has given us. How humbling!

  • Avatar Kayln says:

    God has taught me to listen to the wisdom that comes from the pure hearts of my little ones. Today, by her own prompting, my sweet 4 year old daughter, Taylor, joined our hands and prayed for healing for her aunt. She truly believes and never doubts. I have so much to give them, but the certainly give back when we allow them.

  • The best advice I got was from my mom: take it one day at a time. Enjoy them, but don’t stress too much about the future; there’s only so much we can control.

  • Avatar Sharon says:

    The best advice I got came from my old boss. When I was pregnant with my first, he said to just nod my head when people gave me all kinds of advice on being a mom, and then to go with my gut and do what I felt was best.

  • Avatar Kristena says:

    To enjoy every moment because the time passes quickly. Now that we have a 20 yr old and a 2 yr old, I definately treasure these moments while everyone is still under one roof.

  • Avatar Julie says:

    Most of the bits of advice I had to give had already been given: be in the moment as much as you can with your kids, but don’t sacrifice your marriage and relationship with your husband in the process. Lead them to scripture. I’ve been wanting that Sally Clarkson book for ages!

  • Avatar Erica says:

    Best advice was to enjoy my son as the age he is now. Live in the present. I can say that Ive never looked forward saying “i cant wait until he..” – just enjoyed the moment and the stage hes in now since its never long until hes doing the nex thing!

  • Avatar Allison says:

    Most recently, the piece of advice that keeps coming to mind during the difficult moments with the toddler, preschooler and teenager is to “embrace the moments”. This is from a mom struggling with advance stage cancer, who has younger and older children.

  • Avatar Hannah Lange says:

    …that I am raising Godly adults who make wise and Godly choices.

  • Avatar Liz H says:

    Let your no mean no and your yes be yes. 99% of battles will be avoided if you stick with that one!

  • Avatar Krissy says:

    “Some days, all you will do is soothe crying babes/children. And that’s okay.”

    It really helped me abandon my “must-do” mentality about housework, etc., remembering what I’m really about here.

  • Avatar Heidi says:

    Make sure that I see the world through the eyes of my little people. THey always stop to look at the easily missed stuff. The bible tells us to become like little children. Maybe if we took more time to see the world as they do we would not miss all that God has to show us.

  • Remember that the days go by so fast!!! This is so true – even though I spent as much time as I could with them when they were babies, I still wish I had done more!!!

  • Avatar Susan M. says:

    The best piece of advice, similar to what someone else said above, was that when my daughter was 3, she started crawling into bed with us each night. It never woke me up, and it didn’t bother me, but I stressed, thinking I shouldn’t allow it. Another mom said, “Why not? Who cares or even needs to know except for you and your family?” She’s 6 now and still crawls in. I’m sure she’ll stop soon enough…and I will miss it.

  • Avatar Janie says:

    Some of the best advice my mom gave me was to rise early before your children so that you can spend your time with the Lord and be ready for the day when your children awake. And to enjoy your children no matter what and respect them, even though they are children.

  • Avatar Summer says:

    One of the best pieces of advice that I received as a new mom was that kids will rise to the expectations you have of them & to clearly and lovingly communicate those expectations to them. Expectations tell your kids that you want them to be the best they can be, that you believe in them and that you are here to help them reach their fullest potential. They help create security and give them information on how to behave, what your family values & a loving structure in which they can soar. There should always be grace and understanding along with those expectations since none of us are perfect. Expectations should be also reasonable for each kiddos age and capabilities. Bottom line is that kids flourish when they know what is expected of them & what to expect from us in return.

  • Avatar Jace says:

    Schedule, schedule, schedule! I have twin toddler boys, and we live and breathe the schedule!!

  • I haven’t really received very much advice other than the basics like sleep when your baby sleeps, tips for potty training, etc. My advice for other moms would be enjoy each day because they grow up so quickly. My kids are still young but I look back and think you can’t be three already.

  • Avatar Michelle G says:

    Best advice is just enjoy the moments and don’t mind the dirt. Our children are only small for a short time, treasure each moment.

  • Avatar Bethany says:

    The “one finger rule” for when we are in stores. I have 4 children, aged 4 and under and only the youngest is a girl. Those boys want to be into everything! And if we give the rule that they MAY touch stuff in stores, but only with one finger, it usually gives them enough satisfaction in their need to feel everything to not take down the entire store. πŸ™‚ I would love to read Sally’s book!

  • Avatar Kathy says:

    Laugh as often as possible!

  • Avatar Jennifer says:

    One nugget of wisdom passed on by an older mom was “efficiency is not the goal”. I have to repeat that to myself often!

  • Avatar Lindsay says:

    There are a few things that have stuck out to me with my two children:
    1. “Don’t wish away the moments” The crying, feeding issues, sleepless nights won’t last forever, so take it all in strides.
    2. Mothering is a ministry

  • Avatar Nicole S says:

    The best advice I ever got was in the form of a revelation after reading the Bible. I had been stressing about my purpose in life as it applied to outside work (career). When I began my devotion, I prayed that God would speak to me through my reading. At the end, I realized that it didn’t matter so much what I did to earn money to support the family if I failed to teach my son to love God. I made it my mission to raise my (now 18 year old) son to know and love God, to treat others kindly, and to believe in himself. It’s the most important job I’ll ever have.

  • Avatar Ashley says:

    Stop focusing on other’s flawed character and my unmet needs, and start focusing on my own flawed character and other’s unmet needs.

  • Avatar Jodi H. says:

    Recently, I was told not to compare myself to other mothers. We are each unique and we are each the exact parent God designed for our children.

  • Avatar Jill says:

    While pregnant and worried about how I was going to know what to do a friend said to me “love them, just them and it will be ok” That hit the spot with me. And of course, that was not hard to do! It is so easy to get caught up in the hoopla of what you need for your children and make sure they have the right equipment/toys and the perfect schedule. This really helped put things in perspective.

  • Avatar Michelle says:

    “The days are long, but the years fly by”. This comment has really stuck with me and has helped me treasure those long days.

  • Avatar Christy S says:

    To get sleep when you can! This has really helped me as my 9 month old still wakes several times at night.

  • Avatar Diane says:

    I was at a friend’s house with my 6 wk old twins. The twins went through 6 diapers and 4 outfits in the 2 hours we were there (major spit up and diaper blow outs). My nerves were frayed and my children were naked, having gone through all the reserves in my diaper bag. As my friend very sweetly put some of her size 3 diapers (all she had) on each of my tiny preemie twins she very nicely suggested I keep an extra reserve bag of supplies in the trunk of my car (diapers, wipes, formula, etc), that way A) I wouldn’t have to keep my diaper bag so full and B) I would not be caught of guard when the practically inevitable happened. Of course!

    My twins are now 4 and I have a 10 month old and I have a well stocked bag of extra supplies in the trunk of my car. I have used it many times, espcially during potty training! Sometimes it can be tricky giving new moms advice because you don’t want to step on any toes or make wrong assumptions. But I always feel great about telling new and expecting moms this story and and advising them to keep their own emergency kit in their car!

  • Avatar Shaunda says:

    Mother as a redeemed woman, not a perfect woman!!! (advice from an older lady that has blessed and challenged and shaped me)

  • Avatar Lori-Anne says:

    Teach by example.
    Love like Jesus loves.
    Tomorrow is a new day.

  • Avatar Niki D. says:

    Every once in a while pause in your day with your children and take in everything…make a memory of (enjoy)- the smells, sounds, and sights of them. Sooner than we know, they’ll be gone. And those memories will be precious to us! πŸ™‚

  • Avatar Nicole says:

    The best piece of mothering advice I’ve ever received is the reminder that our Heavenly Father is not only leading us Mommies in child-rearing, but He is our partner as Fathers and Mothers. =)

  • Avatar Donna says:

    I was told that life is made up of seasons. When I’m in a hard time, I try to remember that it’s a season. This child won’t always be struggling to read, it’s a season. This child will some day be potty trained, this is just a season. I remember standing at the window not long after we’d moved and watching two women walking by and wishing that I had a friend and could do that. It was just a season. Just a season, just a season – life is made up of seasons.

  • Avatar Tasha says:

    To laugh. And to remember that what I’m doing everyday has great eternal impact.

  • Avatar Judy says:

    You will only be as good a mother as you are a wife.

  • Avatar Esther T says:

    Keep it Simple, if it too complicated it probley will not work out well. Simple is better. πŸ™‚

  • Avatar Darcey says:

    I have 4 kids, the youngest is 9 months old. I am 44 going on 45 and in the middle of a tough time with my baby not wanting to sleep. She will only sleep with me. On several blogs I kept reading that this too will pass. She is only this little for a little while. I keep forgetting even though my two oldest are 8 years old. They grow so fast!!

  • Avatar Ciara says:

    LIsten to others as they offer advice, but know that at the end of the day, I am the mom and have to do what feels right to me and my intuition.

    The days are long, but the years are short.

    This too, shall pass. (So true, in both a good and bad way!)

  • One piece of advice I call on often is from George Barna’s “Revolutionary Parenting” book. He says that there are no guarantees with our children, no matter what we do. While some may find this to be a discouraging piece of advice, I find it liberating. I don’t have to be perfect. I don’t walk carrying undue weight on my shoulders (which doesn’t do anyone any good). I just need to do what God has asked me to do and trust the rest to Him.

  • Avatar Lori says:

    Play and have fun with your children ! When your tween wants to talk, drop everything and listen.

  • Avatar Heather C. says:

    The best parenting advice I remember is to trust my instinct and not to worry so much.

  • Avatar Colleen says:

    God is in control. He has given me my daughter as a gift. I need to cherish her and this time.

  • Avatar Brenna Preston says:

    The best advice I ever recieved was the simple statement “you’re their mom, always go with what you think is best for them”. I really didn’t understand what that meant until I had several older women at church, mom’s I didn’t really know, strangers in stores, friends, friends of friends, ect. try to tell me what was the best thing for my child. I listened to what everyone said, but eventually looked at my little one and would love them and care for them the way I thought was best for them. I have three children and I can tell you, I raised each of them differently (with the same standard set of rules) but discipline, affection and the way we communicate is different between each of them. Their personalities will dictate how you raise them more than anything else.

  • Avatar Jennifer y. says:

    The best advice I got when my twins were born early and in the nicu was “listen to your instincts. You may not think you have them but you do”. It was sent to me via Facebook message from an old high school friend who had been in my shoes a few years earlier with her own set of multiples in the NICU. Her words stayed with me during a very difficult time for me, learning to be a new mom in the hospital with nothing “as planned” and everything made me scared and nervous. I was so thankful for her advice and encouragement.

  • Avatar sherri says:

    “Let them be little” is one of my favorite. Parenting Advice.
    Thank you!

  • Avatar Ashley S. says:

    That being a mother isn’t about raising a perfect little child with wonderful manners and behaviors so that we can be proud. Our mission is bigger then that. We are to direct our children’s hearts back towards God so that they can learn to love Him and have a relationship with Him and want to please Him.

  • Avatar Monica says:

    The best advice I ever received was from my Mom. She said, “Don’t wake a sleeping baby.” Even though my babies are 22, 19 and 12, I still let them sleep at times. DS19 has significant mental health issues and when unstable and/or with increased medications will fall asleep anywhere/anytime. We’ve learned to let him sleep, if possible, because he needs the restorative sleep to get better. Plus it gives the rest of us a break from his impulsiveness and noise.

  • Avatar Shannon says:

    My Dad taught me that parenting is like driving. Make small corrections all along so you don’t need to make big ones later. It seems to take more effort at first but sure pays in the long run. The early years are definitely an investment.

    • What a way to see it. Very wise! :)… I will have to remember this and even more so the part where you say it pays off in the long run. I sure hope so. It feels like nothing’s changing no matter HOW many corrections are made. πŸ™‚

  • this too shall pass… Those words are so versatile and it is such truth in SO many aspects. I have to say it when I am so tired of saying the same thing over again and disciplining for the same thing… ‘this too shall pass’. But not only is this phase of their life going to pass but also this age will pass and we will never get it back. So at the same time we are saying ‘no’ to so many things we have to say yes as well and embrace the season we are in.

  • Avatar cindy says:

    My mother often reminds me to hold loosely to the things of this world. This advice definitely comes in handy when the kids stain the carpet or break a vase.

  • Avatar Sheila Jones says:

    My Mom always told me when things become too complicated to handle, put them in the “God Box”. Which means, turn them over to the Lord and let him handle it. I still use it today when things get tough with parenting, being a wife, or being a friend. Sometimes I even cram whole people in the God Box πŸ™‚ it is such a relief to just let go, know that it is in the best hands and truly understand that life will come around on His time. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

  • Avatar Amy says:

    The best advice I’ve gotten is “Lower your expectations.”. As a perfectionist it gives me the grace I need to make mistakes and have things go completely opposite of what I had planned.

  • Avatar Julianne H. says:

    As a mother of two spirited little boys, ages 4 and 5, I have to say that the best advice I ever received was, “Laugh, then let it go!” I’ve also learned not to take things so personally when I’m feeling particularly challenged πŸ™‚

  • Avatar Jen Eby says:

    Great advice that I try to keep in mind at all times…when raising young children, the days are long, but the years are short. This is a huge perspective changer for me!

  • Avatar Heather says:

    Give lots of hugs and kisses!

  • Avatar Becky Hiller says:

    Best piece of mothering advice. Try not to say no as much. Try to say yes more often. Also… Try to play with your children. These are the two things I struggle with a great deal! So I need them a lot.
    ~~Becky

  • Avatar Allina says:

    listen to your child, listen to your heart and spend as much time together telling him/her about the good and not so good experiences in your life; hug him/her every time you have the chance to do it and tell him that you were weak but you’re still trying to get stronger.Then tell him that without faith and joy life is not as not as wonderful as it seems for the other people. And tell him…..that you’ll always believe in him, no matter what…

  • Avatar Kylie says:

    Favourite motherhood tip: when things are going downward fast hit the ‘pause button’ (concept from Steve Covey book 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families) and choose to respond instead of react. It takes practice but will save you a lot of heart ache.

  • Avatar Susan says:

    The best advice I’ve heard is to ” be all there” when you are playing with your kids. Enjoy them and set time to just focus on them not multi-tasking.

  • Avatar Rhoda says:

    The best advice came after being the “here’s-what-you-do-when” person BEFORE I had children was to realize I should have shut my mouth and let parents be parents. Not one shoe fits all. Every situation, family, and child IS different. We may all be made in God’s image, but there is a lot of His image we are still figuring out. We don’t know it all! But we do move ahead and trust based on what we do know.

  • Avatar Marcie says:

    To love the ones I have been given — I am raising one lovely daughter and have five little ones I never held who are in the arms of Jesus. I need to remember to love her and not long for the ones I do not/cannot have.

  • Avatar Kristy says:

    I’ve had this book on my amazon wish list for over a year and would LOVE to win a copy. The best advice I have been given is to not be afraid to ask for forgiveness from your children when you mess up; it gives them a true picture that parents aren’t perfect and that we ALL need God’s love.

  • Avatar Sara M says:

    I’ve been struggling with breast feeding issues, I’ve wanted so badly to breastfeed my child and for multiple reasons it hasn’t worked the way I wanted. I’ve been presured to give it up. My friend told me to do what’s right for ME. That helped me to relax and take the pressure off myself.

  • Avatar beth lehman says:

    i would love to read kelly clarkson’s book. she has such a personal relationship with each of her kids – i love that and would like to nurture my own relationship with my kids.

  • Avatar SYoo says:

    This helped me out a lot when I was wondering what was wrong with me that I didn’t feel that ‘instant connection’ and ‘love & excitement’ that I thought was supposed to happen when you had kids…. a mom I trusted told me that EVERY MOM feels that way! These are just things that NO ONE talks about! I don’t know if that is true or not, but it made me feel better. Now it’s my mission to tell other new moms the “other story” … just so they know things won’t always be a bed of roses like sometimes it seems it’s made out to be.

    I have prayed though that God would soften my heart towards my children and in doing so he has removed my career, moved me to another place and showed me my son that wasn’t adjusting to full time daycare… all these things have helped to shape and grow my genuine love for my children. I enjoy them and I am so glad they have changed my life.

    These are statements I could not have honestly spoken before.

  • The best advice I’ve received is that the kids aren’t mine, they’re God’s. For me, that helps keep the (eternal) focus, especially when things are a little on the rough side.

  • Avatar Tasha says:

    The best mothering advise I ever received ….never say never….because it can… and sometimes it will.

  • Avatar Debbie says:

    One of the best pieces of advice I’ve gotten is to remember that I am the best mom for MY kids…it helps when I get discouraged from comparing!

  • Avatar Jody says:

    “This too shall pass” Enjoy the great moments because they don’t last forever and don’t get too upset about the difficult times because they don’t last forever either.

  • Avatar rachel lenda says:

    Discipline is not about making them fear me but helping them learn God’s love. And to remember that years from now I will look back and remember this as the best time in my life so appreciate it now.with all the mess and tears and chaos. Enjoy the moment and don’t get so overwhelmed.

  • Avatar Faith says:

    Enjoy the little things. Journal, and take time to pray and play!

  • Avatar Joyce says:

    Wow, lots of wisdom here! Thanks for sharing everyone!

    Love them even when it’s hard, love them in all circumstances, love them just because. And give out hugs and kisses frequently.

  • Avatar Rachelle says:

    Hard to pinpoint the best advice, but one piece of advice that has been very helpful with small children was from my Mom. She always said that cranky children (especially little ones) is often a reminder that we haven’t been taking enough time with them. As a goal-oriented person who can get caught up in ‘accomplishing’, this has been a great reminder for me – when one of my boys is getting cranky, stop what I’m doing and take some time to snuggle, read, or otherwise spend time with them!

  • Avatar Melinda T says:

    The mom advice that has stuck with me is to enjoy and treasure each moment with our children, they grow up to quickly.

  • Avatar Kathryn says:

    So much WONDERFUL truth here!

    Two ideas gleaned from the Clarksons which have impacted me profoundly:

    1. Banish Mediocrity: Lavish your children with the Excellent, the Beautiful, the God-glorifying – when it comes to their appetite for literature and art and movies and so on. Then they will not develop a taste for the mediocre and will be able to discern between the two in future years…

    2. Serve. Your. Family. With God’s Love and Strength.

  • Avatar Rebecca says:

    Best advice from my mom, give your kids back to God. Helps end worrying, as they are God’s ultimately. Be a good steward with what he gave you.

  • Avatar K.O. says:

    The best piece of motherhood advice that I’ve probably received is to be present. To just be present in the moment and enjoy the small things with your kids.

  • Avatar Heidi says:

    Don’t compare other people’s greatest hits with your blooper reel. Basically, people always try to put their best out there (especially online) and you read things and think, “wow, I’m not even close to that!” just remember that every mom has bad and good days. My husband and i just had #6 and I remind myself of this often πŸ™‚

  • Avatar erin says:

    The best piece of advice was to remember that God ordained my daughter for my husband and I, and we were ordained for her. Her placement in our family is no accident, and we must always be grateful for the blessing of the sweet girl given to us as a gift.

  • Avatar Penny says:

    I’m not sure it counts as advise but something a friend told me always stays with me. She said, as moms, we all make mistakes. Sometimes they are little and sometimes they are big but we all make them. We are human. What separates us from the moms that don’t care (and they do, sadly exist), is that we recognize we can be wrong and we keep trying even when we make mistakes. We try not to make them again (although we might). We try to learn from our mistakes.
    That always gives me hope on the days when everything seems to be going wrong and those ‘Im not good enough’ thoughts sneak in.

    The other bit of wisdom was that You know your children best. Not your doctor or their teachers or your mother or the inlaws or your friend who seems to have it all together. You. Never doubt your own instincts.

  • Avatar Amy says:

    The best advice I was given was to be completely present with my children, to be all there and to pour myself out for them.

  • Avatar Erika C says:

    “Just be.” I come back to that piece of advice often!

  • Avatar Emily says:

    I suppose the best advice that I think of often is this. The dishes and the laundry will always be there. Be sure to put your children first. Sometimes sitting down and playing a matching game or reading a book is more important than getting the floors swept.

  • Avatar Renell Good says:

    Stay at home with your kiddos. The days are long, but the years are short, so experience it with them!

  • Avatar Amy says:

    Best advice i received was To pray for my kids and to love their Daddy! Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book!

  • Avatar Jessica says:

    The best advice I have been given is to pray!

  • Avatar SueN says:

    This too shall pass…..

  • Avatar Cathy A says:

    It was a few years ago when my three children were really young, I looked around at the lives of my parents, my siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles and felt like I was the only one not involved in the ministry. Having grown up as a PK/MK I felt like I was letting God down. My mother told me, “Your children are your ministry. This is your time with them to minister into their lives.”

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    β€œFar too often we spend most of our time pulling weeds in the garden of our children’s lives instead of fertilizing the flowers” –(Ken Davis)

  • Avatar alison says:

    The best advice I’ve received is to never apologize for who your children are–never act embarrassed for who God created them to be–sensitive, adventurous , or passionate!

  • Avatar Jennifer Shultz says:

    The best Momma advice I ever recieved was that children are a blessing no matter when they decide to come along and that they don’t stay little long so cherish every, single day with them because the time goes by so fast. (Bonus advice was also to make sure I took good care of me, because I couldn’t take care of others if I didn’t take care of myself- and set a good example.)

  • Avatar Lauri C. says:

    When I had an infant, my Mother told me 500 rocks in the rocking chair would sooth me and baby. We’ve done it alot, and she was right! Sometimes baby settled down and slept, sometimes Mommy settled down and prayed. Rocking was always a win!

  • Avatar Melinda says:

    I received two awesome pieces of advice. 1) don’t worry about the dishes/cleaning so much, rather enjoy the moments playing, reading and enjoying time with your kids (from my mom). 2) when the kids nap or have quiet time take some quiet/down time for yourself (a good friend, with four little ones). I’ve tried to do both and not feel guilty about what’s left or not done because I’ve taken time for my kids and to regenerate myself.

  • Avatar Melissa says:

    The best advice (I guess I’ll call it that) I received was from my pastor’s wife when she told me while I was sobbing about being pregnant again — “never underestimate the power of hormones”. I’ve adopted my own version of it (post baby) “never underestimate the power of sleep-deprivation”. It’s helpful to remember when I’m deep in the throes of something emotional that it’s likely that a good night’s sleep will right the whole world again πŸ™‚

  • Avatar Rachel Bates says:

    My favorite mom book is “Holy Habits: A Woman’s Guide To Intentional Living” by Mimi Wilson. I loved hard approach to intentional mothering, and her passion for the Lord.

    my favorite mom advice is to have the mantra, “this too shall pass.” in those moments when i feel the need to scream, it brings my heart back to center and helps me to operate in grace and compassion instead of anger.

  • Avatar Cheri says:

    My best piece of advice was to embrace every day no matter what else is going on in your life because they grow up to fast!

  • Avatar jenn says:

    Enjoy every moment is what I hear a lot. But best advice that has made a difference is put your spouse before your children.

  • Nobody has it ‘all’ together. Don’t compare yourself to other moms. God created you for the mommy role you are in and you have everything you need to be the best mom for your children.

  • Avatar Eskai says:

    Slow down and enjoy the “moments.” The days may be long but the years are short πŸ™‚

  • Avatar Stacy says:

    6 months ago I was exhausted of trying to find the best book about disciplining my children and pointing them to scripture in every instance. In January the Lord placed a dear friend in my life to tell me of the MYM challenge from Inspired to Action. I began CONSISTENTLY having time with the Lord in my special place-The closet. One morning as I was sitting there I felt the Lord clearly say to me; Look to Me, seek Me and I will give you the wisdom you need. Learn the verses from Me, not the books. Stop trying to find the perfect book or mom…I (God) AM.

  • Avatar Amber Warner says:

    There are so many cliche phrases that come to mind when I’m in the midst of it with my twin 2 1/2 year old boys and 1 year old daughter. For instance,
    “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” – this actually brings me some encouragement when I feel like my body is literally falling apart trying to keep up with my kids. Another one is “What goes up, must come down” – in my house, there aren’t many things on the walls, at least where the boys can climb up and reach them.
    One that I actually wish came to mind is “Actions speak louder than words.” It’s so easy to say “be kind!” (in a really harsh tone) than to show a toddler how to be kind in that moment.
    In doing a quick look at some of these responses, I really like what was said about getting down on your knees. It is so true! It’s so easy to forget that the world and its demands are so much bigger to them, than to us.
    The advice that has truly been the most helpful for me recently, is actually from Kat I believe, and it’s the advice to wake up FOR my children instead of TO my children. I haven’t read Hello Mornings yet, but I’ve started to get up early with my husband (who is up by 4:15 to study Greek) – hey, “If you can’t beat em, join em,” right? No, seriously though, I don’t get up as early as he does, but I do make an effort to be completely ready before the kids come out (by 6:30 or 7). This has been very helpful to me, and has really reoriented my thinking about motherhood. Thanks, Kat!

  • Avatar Kirby says:

    1. Stop trying to control so much…allow them to be, create, and interact.

    2. It’s okay to let your house be messier than you would like for a season (when you have little ones)…b/c there will be a day when you’re wishing that your clean house were messy again filled with all those little ones!

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    To stop,trust the Lord and give thanks in all things, keeping my perspective on the Lord would equip me to care for others!

  • Avatar Harmony K says:

    This book sounds amazing! One of the best pieces of advice I’ve read is to make a point of sitting down and spending time with your child first, before trying to get anything else done. Then after a few minutes they will be content to continue playing if you have to go cook, etc. otherwise you’ll spend more time trying to distract them while you’re cooking then if you had just played with them in the first place! πŸ™‚

  • Avatar Jessica W says:

    The best advice I received was from the Lord. He clearly told me one day to get my nose out of all of those how-to patenting books and listen for his voice. Best advice ever!

  • Avatar Neely says:

    I don’t know if I’m too late. But the best advice my mother ever gave me was that God will never give you more than you can handle. That let me know that no matter how bad things got, I knew it would eventually get better. Since I’ve grown up I’ve changed that saying to, God won’t give you anything he wont help you handle or get you through. I love that my Mom is full of faith & I feel like she passed that on to me. Thanks for the opportunity to enter & I share my motherly advice.

  • Avatar Jaclyn says:

    One of the most profound things I have learned is that children are intelligent from the beginning. Even as tiny newborns, my children deserve to be treated as such, and with respect. Children live up to expectations, and if they are treated as intelligent people worthy of respect, they will learn to behave accordingly even from a very young age.

  • Avatar Karla says:

    My children are grown now but the most important thing I learned was to make time for your children, encourage them in all their aspirations, never give up on them even when they are most infuriating at times, while the teen years were the worst they will outgrow them. My girls are pretty awesome!

  • My favorite piece of advice was “enjoy every moment.” lots of people said that to me, and finally I figured out that it was storing up the good moments so that when the hard ones came I could act in love rather than react in anger or frustration. I still need that advice!

  • Avatar Bethany says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. My mother taught me by her own example to praise and be involved and interested in all we were doing. She is still the same always speaking encouraging and positive words even in the midst of life’s limitations. I’ve learned that a mom sets the tone and mood of the whole house, and of course we as mothers NEED to first be filled with God’s love and joy to project that warm care and patient encouragement to the family. Practically I’ve learned that when I invest my time in my children during the day, they are more open to be corrected and learn from their mistakes, rather than when I’m “busy” and hope they can find something to do…then they close up and don’t seem as ready to accept consequences or talk with me. My children are young and I can already tell this. My daily choices matter because I want to build with gold, pearl and precious stones unto the LOrd and not wood, hay and stubble.

  • I’d love a chance to win this book. Thank you.
    I can’t think of a piece of advice off the top of my head. When they were babies it was sleep when they sleep.

  • Avatar Susan says:

    The best advice I was given is to enjoy each day with your children as before you know it they are grown. This is so true it seems like yesterday my children were little and now they are 36 and 33. The time flies by. Susan

  • Avatar Esther says:

    When I joined La Leche League the leader, Jennifer always told us: This too shall pass. It made a lot of things easier when I thought about that, even now with difficulty trying to potty train my second son.

  • Avatar Amy says:

    The best advice I’ve cotton is pretty common, but true: enjoy them while they’re young, it goes by so fast!

  • Avatar Amy says:

    The best advice I’ve gotten, not cotton! (blushing)

  • Avatar Danielle says:

    One piece of motherhood advice I have received is to always look at the heart issues behind the behaviors. Behaviors are just symptoms of a deeper heart issue! And pray!! You can guilt your children but only the holy spirit can convict them! So pray!

  • Avatar Katie says:

    The best advice I’ve been given is to go with your gut!

  • Avatar Catherine says:

    God made us and wants us to live only in the present. The past is past and you can’t accomplish what God has intended for you in the future if you are worried about what might happen, you will miss what you have to do now, in the present.

    I’m having a hard time wording it like I heard it but the gist is the same. πŸ™‚

  • Avatar Nena says:

    I’m not sure there is really any advice in particular I was given that really stands out to me. What does is my paternal Grandmother, or Nana as we called her. She was an angel. She had patience, and love for all, and she took time to make bread men and would listen to me go on and on about the cute boys in my favorite bands while we peeled potatoes for what I am sure turned out to be hours upon hours over her life. She was present when my own Mom was not. And she taught me a lot on how important it is to really be a true presence in a child’s life.

  • Avatar Becca says:

    My best advice was to enjoy the day and season you are in and not pine away looking forward. Appreciate this particular day because you will never have it again.

  • Avatar MrsH says:

    To remember that for every time I judged another parent harshly, I will at some point be the one who is judged. I used to think my kids would never: dip strawberries in ketchup, be the ones to ruin a movie for another patron, be carried kicking and screaming out the grocery store, or to get so wild at a church dinner that they’ve become a hazard to others. After all, “good” parents don’t allow that to happen. Except that it does. Remembering this has made it so much easier to embrace others even when they make choices that are very different from mine.

  • Avatar Jamie says:

    To spend time listening to God before the kids get up. He will always refresh you and prepare you to deal with everything that you will face in a day.

  • Avatar MichelleH says:

    The best piece of advice we received was ‘Listen to ALL the advice people give you, then do what YOU feel is right’.

  • Avatar Jenny says:

    So many bits and pieces to try to cull from, but one of the most practical is “Choose your battles.” Relax and stop worrying about everything being “perfect.”

  • Avatar Cali says:

    To remember that I’m Christ’s child and to treat my own children in the light of that fact

  • Avatar Janey says:

    Best advice was to sleep when the baby sleeps. All the chores will wait but bring rested and healthy has to be a priority!

  • Avatar Paula @Motherhood Outloud says:

    The best piece of advice I’ve ever received was from my dad. He told me to go and look in on my sleeping children each night before bed. No matter how hard the day was, they are always precious when they’re sleeping. He was right and I do it every night : )

  • Avatar Michelle says:

    As I parent two small girls with personalities as deep as the ocean, I have been learning how to deal with intense spirits gracefully. The best advice I have received is to love my girls through the fear, anxiety, meltdowns, rebellion, confusion. My mother reminds me that twenty years from now, the meltdowns will be forgotten, but the love will remain, will hold us together. What an awesome experience to learn lessons in grace as I grow as a mother.

  • Avatar brooke says:

    it’s been helpful for me to be told and reminded that we get to grow with our children; God gives us sufficient grace for each age and stage, we don’t need to be prepared for it all from the time our babies are born! thank heavens!

  • Avatar Pamela says:

    To cherish my marriage and spend time with my husband! This will enhance my parenting and be so beneficial for my girls to witness. Thanks!

  • Avatar Rhonda says:

    The best advice I received was from my mom – to pray for my children every day. Another good piece of advice I got was to remember the good, and forget the bad – a true encouragement when it comes to laying down confessions and demonstrating forgiveness and grace.

  • Avatar beth says:

    To always give thanks to God for the difficult times and remember all the families that would give anything to be in my shoes with a sleepless/sick/disrespectful/whiny, etc. child. When I was wishing for sleep or rest or peace I would always try to pray for such families and whatever problem I was facing always seemed to resolve itself.

  • Avatar Cheryl P says:

    Best advice, pray and then pray some more!

  • Avatar Michelle says:

    The advice I received, that I highly value, was from my best friend. She always told me, “Don’t worry Michelle, it’s only a phase. It won’t last forever.” This was in response to my exasperation to my growing daughter. Whether it was her teething, tantrums, “food-strikes”, changing napping schedule, sleepless nights, etc….it was a helpful reminder to someone like me. I tend to get easily overwhelmed…but when my friend would say that, it would empower me with strength and help me to endure in spite of the difficulty that felt (at that moment) all-consuming. It helped me to relax and enjoy each “phase” rather than dreading it!!

  • Avatar Michele says:

    Best advice – first the practical – When they are very little, nap when they nap – who cares if the house is spotless if mama is exhausted and crabby.

    second the spiritual – when you sin against your children, apologize and ask for forgiveness… this is one that you get better at with practice :=)

  • Avatar Andie says:

    The best advice I’ve ever been given was by you, Kat. That is to get up for my kids, not to them. This gave me purpose and I now try to make sure I smile as I get up each day.

  • Avatar katie says:

    Laugh, play, be silly

  • Savor every moment and take all the hugs and kisses you can get because too soon, they will be all grown up.

  • Avatar Joanna Strybosch says:

    One of the best words of advice I heard to do with parenting is “Don’t complain. Train!” In other words, instead of complaining when our children don’t measure up to our expections, make sure we are taking the time to train our children fully – to demonstrate, model, explain, and work alongside our children, teaching them what it is that we want them to learn, until they can do it independently. If we haven’t done this training then we cant complain if they don’t do what we expect.

  • Avatar Susan says:

    Love your kids and have fun playing with them!

  • Avatar Sarah says:

    This too shall pass, life happens in season’s and your children’s seasons change. Helps me see the light at the end of the tunnel on tough days with little ones in the house. Also helps me to remember how special it is.

  • Best piece of advice: Love Jesus first…it is the only way to love your children the way they deserve!

  • Avatar Andrea says:

    enjoy each season. they are each special, have a purpose, and will go by far too quickly.

  • Avatar Heather C says:

    Don’t stay in your pajamas all day. Even if you don’t have anywhere to go that day get dressed anyway. You’ll feel a lot better and your days might not run together as bad.

  • Avatar janet says:

    snuggle whenever they want to. WHENEVER.

  • Avatar jamie says:

    one thing that i’m trying really hard to do is rush. i try very hard to not use the word hurry or lets go fast. calm. stay calm. and don’t rush. and another one, use kind, loving words.

  • Avatar kristin says:

    To enjoy every moment you can, because it goes sooo fast. And wow, it sure does.

  • Avatar Sara A in SC says:

    I love Ms Sally – she is such a Titus 2 woman for me – she, like you, inspires me to be fully present with my children. Funny I should have to be intentional – I am with them 24 hours a day, but I have to make sure I am Really here…. And that I put them first over all the distractions

  • Avatar Aileen says:

    The best but most difficult to follow advice I’ve been given is to give grace. A mentor at our Mom’s group said that the way to point your children to God is to show how broken you are and your need to take everything to the cross. I need to show how thankful I am that my Savior relentlessly covers me with grace even though I deserve condemnation. This is so hard because I just want my kids to do what I say! I treasure the grace given me, but I’m too stingy to give it to my children.

  • Don’t wish your time away…”I can’t wait until he/she can walk.” “When he/she can feed themselves everything will be easier.” “I can’t wait until he/she is potty trained.”
    Time passes by quickly enough all on its own…enjoy each season, each flavor…
    I try to use that advice in all areas of my life and just enjoy the moment! =)

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