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The Good Mother

 May 13, 2021

One more reflection on motherhood from my book Daily Meditations (with Scripture) for Busy Moms. Ah, the illusions about what a great mother we will be when we have children, as this mom realizes. She does it all. Time to replace the good mother with the good-enough mother. Share with the moms in your life.

The Good Mother

I was once under the illusion that such a creature as the “Good Mother” existed. The “Good Mother” stays home with her children. She bakes cookies and sews clothes. She is an immaculate housekeeper.

The “Good Mother” always has time for her children. She never even locks the bathroom door

The “Good Mother” may work outside the home and put her kids in daycare, but only as long as she feels sufficient guilt for doing so.

The “Good Mother” never raises her voice to her children or lets her kids aggravate her. And if they do, the “Good Mother” never lets them know.

She always cooks healthy, nutritious meals and serves them in such attractive ways that her family would never turn their noses up at them.

Illusions die hard.


“When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pears. She opens her mouth in wisdom, and on her tongue is kindly counsel. She watches the conduct of her household, and eats not her food in idleness. Her children rise up and praise her; her husband, too, extolls her.” Proverbs 31:10,26-28


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