Motherhood – What Would the Dowager Countess Do?

If you don’t love Downton Abbey, then this post won’t make a whole lot of sense to you, nor will you find it humorous. I like humor, and often find it a good way to relieve stress, though I’m not in the slightest funny. But I got to thinking the other day when my children were needing extra attention, whilst giggling to myself and wearing a smirk on my face, what my favorite witty character on Downton Abbey would do or say when faced with various motherhood situations.

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If you don’t love Downton Abbey, then this post won’t make a whole lot of sense to you, nor will you find it humorous.  I like humor, and often find it a good way to relieve stress, though I’m not in the slightest funny. But I got to thinking the other day when my children were needing extra attention, whilst giggling to myself and wearing a smirk on my face, what my favorite witty character on Downton Abbey would do or say when faced with various motherhood situations. While I don’t make a practice of this–I usually go away and pray, I did find considerable amusement that day. I made some memes here in this post to brighten your countenance.

Motherhood requires more energy than I would have ever imagined. I always thought that I would instinctively just know the right things to do or say. My children would require teaching and lots of love, of course, and I imagined having a few small attitude issues to deal with.

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When I became pregnant, I began observing the other mothers around me. I mentally noted how they interacted with their children and decided which strategies I believed in and which I didn’t. I had my game plan all figured out. What I never accounted for in all of my planning, and what I still occasionally struggle with, is how I would deal with my attitude and outlook toward motherhood and my role in the family.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results. If this is true, we mothers are insane. When you explain to a child for the millionth time that something is a bad idea and will cause them harm, so they should avoid it, or the like, it wears on your heart. Are they even listening to me? Am I making any difference?

For this reason, I sought out a mentor, someone to encourage me along the way. Funny thing is that I found more like ten mentors. My motherhood mentors were/are the authors of the various books I read to gain insight and wisdom from those who have gone before me. If you are raising children, you need a mentor (or ten!). It’s also probably best not to take the parenting example of the Dowager Countess! 🙂

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The books above on Motherhood  are a great place to start and are being offered as part of the Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle. I have read several of these books and love them! I would not recommend them if I didn’t. I am especially looking forward to reading Hula Hoop Girl because I often find myself putting on too many hula hoops! I need to know my limits, which hula hoops are the ones I need to keep up and which ones are okay to let fall.

These eight books alone would cost over $60, but until 5/5/2013 you can get them in the bundle along with over 80 other helpful eBooks and eCourses for only $29.97.  Get these books now and start the mentoring process. Your heart will be glad you did.

 

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