Welcome to 31 Days of Hope for Moms! To see all the posts in the series, click here!

Today (yesterday once you read this), I had a bad attitude. My 3 year old was bored and getting into trouble, I had an event that needed to be prepared for and a house that wouldn’t clean itself, and a blog post to write. The baby took too short of a short nap, unrolled all of the toilet paper and stuck her hands in the toilet water while I was trying to bring in groceries from the car.

Looking back on it at 11 pm, it’s actually pretty funny! But sometimes I don’t gain that perspective until I step away from the situation.

I originally had planned to write about hope for the mom who yells. And we’ll get around to that subject, I promise. But I was slightly derailed by another thought.

Why do I have such a bad attitude about my children? Why do I allow the annoyances of the day to put me in a not-so-great mood which then turns into a not-so-great day for everyone?

Hope for the mom with a bad attitude

You see, earlier tonight my husband and I attended our local Women’s Pregnancy Center banquet, where NFL player Matt Birk shared a godly, affirming message and also about he and his family’s involvement in pro-life causes. It was also the “one year anniversary” of my due date and I was remembering back to when I was still pregnant (and would be for 8 more days) with my little Lydia.

Being at that banquet reminded me again that although there are many, many little things that can go awry during a day, especially with busy children, my bad mood was really quite unnecessary. My children are blessings, ALL children are blessings and as one who embraces a pro-life stance, it is important for me to reflect that in my day to day life at home.

At its core, a lousy attitude is a reflection of ungratefulness, a practice of becoming so caught up with our own situation that we fail to look at things with a long-term perspective.

Choosing to have a better attitude about the moment to moment occurrences of life is also a practice, but a far more productive and encouraging one. It takes time. And it takes the grace of God. If I think I can pull myself up by my bootstraps and please Him by my own efforts, I am much too full of myself.

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Let’s face it, the events that aggravate us and heighten our poor attitudes DO exist! Kids get into trouble, pipes burst and dinner burns on the stove. We need to accept the reality that no day will ever be perfect, but later on in this series we’ll talk about how you can make your home a more peaceful place in order to stop the frustration that leads to such “grumpiness” before it starts!

It is the blessing of the LORD that makes rich, And He adds no sorrow to it. Proverbs 10:22

If you’re struggling to embrace a favorable attitude about your children, home or present day situation, here are a couple of practical thoughts:

  • Learn Scripture. Find and memorize Bible verses that will help you combat grumpiness {see the end of the post for how I’ll help you do that!}
  • Get sleep. Remember how on I talked about the fact that tiredness is likely the cause or instigator of many of our other struggles as a mom? Go to bed and leave your to-do list for tomorrow {note to self}. You’ll have more energy to complete it when you’ve gotten sleep!
  • Physically write down your blessings and things you are thankful for. Have your kids do this as well. My friend Stacie Nelson has written an awesome eBook with activities, Thanksgiving Heart, that the whole family can use to help you shift your focus to one of gratefulness.
  • When you feel your bad attitude coming on, go to your child, give them a hug and say “I love you.” Works. Every. Time.

Here is a free printable with some Bible verses that address the issues we’ve talked about this week: tiredness, exasperation and bad attitudes. I hope they’ll be a great resource for you to print out and quickly reference when you are going through difficult times. There is no better way to be strengthened and changed than by reading the Word of God!

7 Days to a Less Angry Mom

This eCourse will give you actionable steps you can take and videos that are incredibly encouraging and biblically practical! (click on the photo to learn more about it!)

Why do you think you struggle with a bad attitude? What would help you get past it?

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