Intentional Living

The Modern Mom Redefined?

This month’s theme at Rhubarb & Rubbish was moms. What an amazing month it has been reflecting on important things for moms to do regularly to keep their sanity, recognizing and supporting the tired mom, and finding simple ways to celebrate moms. 

In the last couple of weeks, I have been thinking through what does the modern mom look like? We discussed the problems we have and ways to correct them. However, my real thought is why does this really need to be discussed or answered? I believe it stems from what our society paints the image of a mom to be in our current times.

Society wants moms to hold a professional career after numerous years of schooling, a taxi service for their children, a four-star chef, a world traveler, an interior designer for their home, a fit and well-dressed model, an endless giver to their children and spouse, involved on several boards/committees…just to name a few. It seems in our world, that if you are not doing all of this and more you just are not a good mother.

Is it any wonder that we are exhausted and stressed going through life? Although they were fictional characters in TV shows, would it be so horrible to go back to the days of June Cleaver or Marion Cunningham or Carol Brady (all wonderful women that I watched growing up)? 

It seemed like they had the focus that God intends for us to do for our children. They were home for their children when they needed it, they supported their spouses in what they did and focused on the best for their children. In Proverbs 22:6 he instructs us to “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” The best for our children is not living and teaching them to hurry through life and not enjoy each step of the way. It truly is to teach them to live a Godly life.

I encourage you to look at who you are as a mom and those around you that are moms. We don’t always get it right, but looking to develop your life to be the mom God instructs us to be is so important. So much of what we face as moms wouldn’t be there and we would find an unending joy and satisfaction in doing so. So maybe it is time to throw in the designer life society paints us to need to be and grab a floral apron from the 50s and really start living again!

Contributed by Jessica Clemens

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