At MOPS (that’s Mothers of Preschoolers), we’re talking about courage this year—specifically, the courage it takes to Be You, Bravely in the midst of motherhood, marriage, and life for women who are doing the best they can to raise little people to adulthood. This central theme, and the book we published to bring women into the conversation, Brave Mom: Facing and Overcoming Your Real Mom Fears by MOPS CEO and President, Sherry Surratt, is resonating deeply with moms.
We all knew motherhood wasn’t going to be easy, but we didn’t fully realize just how much courage it takes to raise the next generation until we had a babe in arms to show for our nine months (or adoption or foster care waiting period) of effort. It takes guts to work through the fear that accompanies our little bundles of joy and to emerge victorious beyond the anxiety that can cloud our decision-making and keep us up at night.
While being a mom is an incredible source of joy and fulfillment, it’s also an opportunity for fear and worry to turn you into someone you don’t even recognize. These beautiful little people that bless our homes can cause us to have irrational thoughts and go places in our minds that we didn’t know were even there. So we’re calling an end to the silent worries and secret fearful thoughts. No more sitting alone and feeling like we are the only ones who get carried away on the worry train without so much as a map or a toothbrush. We’re going to face it openly and honestly. And with an honest look, healthy perspective and an arsenal of weapons will come. (Brave Mom)