Thursday, May 02, 2013

Mothering Is Easy & Other Good Mom Myths

Good Mom Myths by Stephen Bly & Janet Chester Bly
How To Be A Good Mom

Myths of Motherhood from How To Be A Good Mom by Stephen Bly and Janet Chester Bly

Family and parenting begins with a woman knowing the joy of her baby's first cry. Or smile. Or rocking her child to sleep. But it's also the time she bumps against certain good mom myths. Such as ...

Good mom myth #1:  Mothering is easy. No job on earth takes more physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual strength than being a good wife and mother.

Good mom myth #2: Mothering is natural. In fact, part of the struggle to be a good mom is to overcome some natural, even sinful, inclinations. Perhaps that was a part of what God meant when He told Eve, "In pain you shall bring forth children" (Genesis 3:16)

Good mom myth #3: Mothering is always fun. There are many pleasurable moments. But it takes a total commitment of the will to weather all the sticky times in between.

Good mom myth #4: A mother is repaid for all she does. Interaction with other humans, whatever the context, requires us to deal with disappointment and irritation. However, the family offers built-in structure for some rich dividends that other groups can't provide. 

Here are just two rewards for any good mom:
a.) Companionship. Intimate, up close and personal involvement in another person's life. Talk, laugh, cry, struggle, feel, succeed and even fail together.
b.) Satisfaction. That comes from having a lasting, positive impact on the lives of others. Few people on earth have as much potential for that kind of influence as does a good mom.

From How To Be A Good Mom by Stephen Bly & Janet Chester Bly
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