(Book Study: Ten Habits of Happy Mothers by Meg Meeker - Habit #2)
I want to reflect on a comment made by one mom this week that the pressure to be perfect affects our view of motherhood. Motherhood appears scary and difficult when we feel pressure to be perfect. As a mother, especially with a large family and children with special needs, I experience the pressure daily, and I doubt that any mom is immune to it. We feel pressure to be thin, beautiful, and smart, and to have children that are as well. There is pressure to give our children every opportunity - music lessons, competitive sports, service clubs, the best schools, etc. And the pressure starts early - every child needs preschool. To provide a safe, loving home is just not quite enough by present standards. So we feel pressure to meet our children’s every need or want, and when we can't, we perceive ourselves as failures. However, this pressure doesn't come from God. His plan for us and our children is rather simple - to know, love, and serve Him.