Celebrating a Don’t Sweat Mom~Susan

Biggest Challenge of Being a Mom

The biggest challenge of being a mom of 3 is to ensure that my middle child doesn’t get lost in the family. Watching the dynamics of my middle child go from being the baby to the middle was not easy for him. Even though my youngest daughter (2 yrs old) and my oldest daughter (13 yrs old) are developmentally at opposite ends of the spectrum, it’s easier to tend to their needs. My middle son (9 yrs old) probably has it the roughest and I’m constantly perplexed!

Being a Don’t Sweat Mom Means

Sometimes my kids don’t like me very much when they don’t get what they want and that’s ok. With my first child I wanted to be her everything. Her world was my world, but when her brother was born, it wasn’t the two of us anymore. Now there was sibling rivalry. There were some tough times with the adjustment of two children and I was not popular with one or the other at any given time. That bothered me a lot. When my third was born, it felt like my family was finally complete. The two siblings were older and could see the needs of their new sister and I think they finally understood why I did the things I did. I’m way more relaxed now about how I’m raising my youngest and it’s been a lot more peaceful all the way around.

A Wish For Other Moms

It’s okay to pursue your own desires. If you sacrifice too much of yourself to everyone else in your family, your happiness may suffer. When you balance your needs with the family’s, not only do you find more joy and fulfillment in life, but you also set an example for your children to pursue their dreams and to not be afraid of the unknown. I have a feeling it will help when the children are out of the house and on their own. By not abandoning your own interests, the empty nest transition won’t be such a shock to your system…that’s my theory anyway. I’ll know soon enough if it’s true!

Favorite Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Moms Chapter

Lifeline Sundays! I thought I was the only one that took a break on Sundays. Sundays are sacred to me and my kids know it. It’s a day when I can sleep in and not even brush my teeth if I don’t want to!

About Susan

I am a woman who does it all! Being a divorced mother of 3 children, ages 2, 9, 13, there’s never a dull moment. My brain activity has all cylinders firing at all times. When I’m not being a mom, I have the privilege of working with motivated people who are interested in getting healthy. You can find me chairside as a Dental Hygienist as well as an entrepreneur, both online and in person. My businesses are focused on empowering people to achieve their desired level of well-being through health coaching. My newest endeavor is starting a non-profit organization to help single parents raise their children. Stop by my websites and say “Hi!”

www.prenatalconcierge.com
www.getbodywise.tsfl.com
www.hoopdelite.com

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