Debunking the Myths of Motherhood: Meet Molly Prim

This month has been all about gaining freedom and perspective as parents. From the tall tale that a “good” mom shouldn’t need breaks from her kids, to the lie that she should be able to do it all (and all at the same time), to the whopper that she should love each child in exactly the same way, we’ve been demolishing the myths of motherhood. This week brings us a final Myth-Busting Mama who battled back against the notion that she should take all her cues from her parental peers on everything from birthday-party bounce-houses to which college is best for her child.

Molly Prim is a fun, down-to-earth friend whom I’ve come to respect even more as she serves as a lay elder guiding our church during these upside-down times. Her practical advice and creative approaches find their backing in scripture, so I knew she’d have great things to share. If you’ve ever felt the pressure to keep pace with everyone else’s parenting “highlight reel,” you’ll love what Molly has to say! Read More

Debunking the Myths of Motherhood: Meet MoNicka Montañez

Hey there, Myth-Busting Mamas! We’re cruising into week three of our series with encouragement today from my friend MoNicka “Mo” Montañez!

I got to know Mo while serving together at Faithbridge Student Ministry (FSM). Her warm smile and kind words are a blessing to kids and adults alike. She’s befriended many moms in our church and neighborhood—and more than a few of us have binge-watched her Instagram cooking tutorials for meal ideas during the pandemic shutdown. Mo also loves developing students, especially as a mentor to young women in her high school Bible study group.

But Mo let me in on a secret:

“People would tell me, ‘I bet you never yell at your kids! You are such a good mom,’ because they would see that I worked with children and students. Then, at home, I couldn’t understand why I bumped heads and argued so much, especially with my younger son. I thought I was parenting the ‘right way,’ but I felt like such a bad mom because what worked with one of my sons didn’t work with the other.”

However, Mo eventually uncovered a myth she’d bought into, and she got to work replacing it with truth. You’ll be encouraged by what she has to say, plus she shares a mouth-watering dessert recipe to tempt your family to log off those Zoom calls and come to the table. Read More

Debunking the Myths of Motherhood: Meet Suzanne Werlein

This month we’re debunking those parenting myths that cause tension, guilt, and frustration! If you’ve ever struggled with the many roles and responsibilities of “mom life”—and drifted into despair because of it—today’s Myth-Busting Mama has a word for you!

My friend Suzanne Werlein is part of the heart and soul of Faithbridge Church, a vibrant community in northwest Houston planted by her husband Ken twenty years ago. She shares how her motherhood journey collided with her ministry journey and left her crying out to God for answers. The myth she’s had to battle? “A good mom can do it all, all at the same time.” Read More

Debunking the Myths of Motherhood: Meet Jennifer Perez

Nothing like eight weeks of family togetherness to make you question yourself as a mom, huh? I’m thankful for so much, but I’d be lying if I said this COVID-19 season hasn’t tested me and prompted soul searching.

Lurking beneath my feelings of tension, guilt, and frustration? Some faulty assumptions and beliefs that undermine God’s truth.

Maybe you’ve met some of them – those Motherhood Myths that creep in to whisper there’s such a thing as a “perfect” parent if we just try hard enough or that our value comes from whether the kids are happy with us or not.

I’ve realized the best Mother’s Day gift I can give myself is to bust those myths wide open by applying grace and godly wisdom to my parenting. I’ve also reached out to other myth-busting mamas, like my friend Jennifer Perez, to discuss the motherhood myths we’re debunking. Let’s get busting! Read More

How to Lead Like a Mother and Mother Like a Leader

Show of hands: who’s really lost it yet with their fellow quarantinees? I’ve had some moments before this, but yesterday, wham, everything bubbled up. I was going toe-to-toe over something completely stupid with one kid, everything in me wanting to win the argument, while also yelling across the house at the other to please-just-turn-down-the-TV. Meanwhile, hubby decide to intervene which led to a very nice discussion called “Who’s side are you on anyway?”

Once it was all over, I felt like a doofus for awhile. I made my apologies. I got some extra rest last night. I’ll take a little me-time today even if I have to lock myself in the bathroom and concoct a homemade facial. But here’s what I’m not about to do: I’m not about to give up my job as Mother-in-Chief and neither should you, even when you don’t feel exactly up to the task. Read More

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