Have you ever felt like you just couldn’t get a grip on the day-to-day challenges of being a mother? Do you sometimes feel like stability is the furthest thing from your reach?

Well we know a thing or two about ever-changing schedules, hiccups in the routine, and incomplete to-do lists!

Being a mom often means plans being thwarted, being late, being behind schedule, conflicts in the schedule, and unexpected emergencies.

We have tons of examples where we made elaborate arrangements to go shopping or take the kids someplace fun and we had to shift the entire day’s events because the kids either became fussy, sleepy, or our husbands needed us!

If you’re like us and tend to prefer more predictability and certainty in your schedules, then we know you may too feel overwhelmed by the changes that come with being a mom!

We have come to the realization that no two days are the same, anything is liable to occur, and becoming frustrated with all the changes is useless.

We have come up with 5 simple ways we ourselves have learned to embrace change and would like to share them with you!

  1. Give yourself permission to relax—Yes! Relax! Relax your thinking. Relax your body! Relax your mood! Being rigid about your daily schedule will only worsen your ability to adapt to change.
  2. Set a schedule and routine, but don’t be a slave to it. It’s great to be organized and try and establish routines for your family. But life happens! It’s perfectly okay and normal to change things up from time-to-time or be flexible!
  3. Remember that kids, especially toddlers are almost sure to have accidents, mood changes, or transitioning troubles that can interrupt routines. This simply means that you are aware of this truth and there is no such thing as a perfect day in the life of parenting.
  4. Have a plan B for most situations and plan ahead. You better believe that there will almost always be a need for a plan B when parenting or being a mother. If you don’t plan ahead, you may be left feeling like a failure or disappointed if things don’t go as planned during your day.
  5. Just smile. Smile through the changes and challenges. Tell yourself that you can get through any situation. It’s easy to become upset, disgruntled, and pout when challenges erupt throughout the day, but you are not alone. Every mother out there knows what it is like to deal with abrupt changes and smiling or laughing about the challenges will make mothering all the more beautiful!!