With a healthy dose of honesty, I have to confess that Mother’s Day was sometimes a difficult day for me. I spent a too much of my early motherhood days struggling with the guilt of trying to be the perfect mother. You know, the mother who doesn’t lose socks in the dryer, the mom who packs the perfect lunch every single day, who is always on time and has the best homemade cookies at the PTA meeting. In those young motherhood days, I often battled with my inner voice, trying to reason with my perceived inadequacies as a mother. Now that my children are all ‘adults,’ I can look back on those early days with a slightly different set of eyes. If I could do it again, I would remove my desire for perfection along with my insecurities of not measuring up to other moms. I would slow down and spend less time worrying about my perceived shortcomings as a mom and instead concentrate on enjoying the gift of motherhood. If you are approaching this Mother’s day with the same challenges, I implore you to exchange your image of being a ‘perfect mother’ for God’s beautiful grace in order to learn to embrace your real, but imperfect, life.

The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers: Reclaiming Our Passion, Purpose, and Sanity
By: Meg Meeker M.D.

In this book for mothers, you will learn the 10 most positive and impactful habits of healthy, happy mothers. By implementing key strategies, you can be happy and hopeful while teaching your children to be the best they can be. Learn that you don’t have to succumb to the pressure of perfection to be a good mother.

Brave Moms, Brave Kids: A Battle Plan for Raising Heroes
By: Lee Nienhuis

This highly rated book sounds the battle cry for mothers who want to see their children gain spiritual ground for the kingdom of God. Find confidence, guidance and tools as you embrace the all-important mission of discipling your children well.

Lord, Have Mercy: Help and Hope for Moms on Their Last Nerve
By: Ellen Miller

While motherhood is often a hysterical ride of pure joy, it can also hold some of the most mind-numbing, heartbreaking and sacrificial moments of your life. This book will speak to moms who could use a good laugh (and sometimes a good cry) as they live through the trials and triumphs of parenting in the 21st century.

The Official Soccer Mom Devotional: A Book of 50 Brief and Inspiring Devotions
By: Lynne Thompson

This faith-filled devotional was written by a mom, for moms. The short, simple Scripture readings include space to write reflections as well as great insights and new ways of looking at the common challenges and joys of motherhood.

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Kelly Wise Valdes
Kelly Wise Valdes has been writing for the Osprey Observer since 2008. She graduated in 1989 from Florida Southern College with a B.S. in Communications and enjoys writing and traveling. She currently resides in northern Hillsborough County with her husband, David. When not traveling and writing, Kelly and her husband enjoy spending time with their five grown children (as well as their grandchildren) that still keep them very busy.