Being a mom with little kids can be exhausting! There were days in our early years of homeschooling that were good, and other days when the boys were small that was just downright hard. I can say even as difficult as those days were some of those hard times have given me some of my sweetest memories.

On those really hard days when I had an inquisitive elementary aged boy, a wild-eyed special needs toddler, a crying baby, and nothing seemed to be going right. My house was a mess, the kids were not behaving—any myriad of problems would plague our family.

I would call my husband, and in his infinite wisdom, he would say, “Don’t go against the grain today.”

What he meant by that was to stop trying so hard, relax, and take it easy. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Everything is going to be okay.

He wanted me to enjoy the boys, and not feel so stressed out. He knew that our homeschooling journey was a marathon, not a sprint—and that I didn’t need to try to teach the kids everything that they ever needed to know in life by the time they reached first grade.

My husband was more interested in me and the boys were filled with joy. He didn’t want to come home from work to a frazzled, stressed out wife, and miserable unhappy children.

It was on those days that I would buckle all the kids in the car and we would drive-through Chick-fil-a, then drive around and listen to our favorite stories Adventures in Odyssey. We would go to the park and as the boys ran around and played, I would read my Bible.

Great day for Chick-fil-A

It was there in those moments that the children were content, and mama would regain her sanity. Those days that started off pretty rough could have ended up a disaster, instead ended up creating some sweet little homeschool memories.

So thankful for my husband and his wisdom. Some days we are just not meant to go against the grain. Instead, it just might be a great day for Chick-fil-a.

In the comments please share how you managed to get through difficult days when your children were little. Also, if you know moms with small children that could use some encouragement or are struggling to keep it all together please share this post.

Much Love!

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Posted by Misty Phillip

By His Grace: Seek Jesus, Study the Word, Grow in Grace Bible Study Author, Christian Lifestyle Blogger, & Speaker


  1. Love this, Misty! You truly capture the heart of what it’s all about — motherhood, parenting and sanity! And the joy…I love that. And I love Chick-fil-a!!!


  2. Shauna, Thank you so much for your encouragement! Bless you, Misty


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