8 Ways to Give a Mom a Break

Have you noticed how the best things in life usually come through sacrifice and hard work? You have to climb the mountain to enjoy the view. You have to train long and hard to complete a marathon. You have to practice hours and hours to master an instrument.

Motherhood, from what I hear, is like that. Hard, yet rewarding. You have to change a lot of diapers and handle a lot of tantrums to raise children who live for Jesus. Mother’s Day is past, but that mom across the street or in your small group still has mouths to feed, bums to wipe, and tiny feet to chase after.

Even though you’re not a mom, you, too, can play a part in shaping the next generation by making a difference inside one household, for one mother, one day at a time.

It’s finally summer, and I know all you want to do is swing on the hammock, sit by the pool, or find a cozy spot on the couch with a book. I get that. In fact, I wholeheartedly endorse making plans to relax some this summer. But don’t forget the mamas (including your own!) who are also in need of hammock time.

Here are some practical tips for investing in the next generation by giving the moms in your life a helping hand.

1. Offer to babysit for free.
Even if you’re saving for a car or raising funds for a mission trip, you can sacrifice an evening of your time to give a mom a break. Trust me, the rewards far outweigh the sacrifice.

2. Clean her kitchen while you’re there.
At the very least, clean up after yourself when you’re done making lunch for the kids. Wait until the kids are down for bed or entertained by a movie, then pull out the dustpan and broom and start sweeping!

3. Offer to come help with laundry.
I promise she won’t feel insulted. Even just thirty minutes of folding clothes is a tremendous help to her. She will love you forever!

4. Offer to sit with her kids at church.
Most parents haven’t sat through an entire service since their doctor said, “It’s a boy/girl!” If you attend a church where kids stay in the service, offer to be an extra set of hands to hold the baby or to make sure the toddler isn’t scribbling on the Bible or to take the four-year-old to the bathroom for the third time in twenty minutes.

5. Do life with her.
Pick a day, and devote it to being with her family—to help, yes, but also to glean. Meaningful conversations and life lessons happen when you’re picnicking at the park, observing how she disciplines her kids, or while peeling potatoes alongside her in the kitchen. Been looking for an opportunity to be mentored? This is a great way to do it.

6. Do you drive? Pick up groceries for her.
Pushing a cart full of kids through Walmart is not on her list of favorite things to do. I promise. I’m not even a mom, and I love it when a friend offers to shop for me!

7. Surprise her with a special gift or treat.
Her favorite Starbucks drink. A small bouquet of flowers. A dark chocolate bar with almonds. Who doesn’t love a “happy”? Even something simple can go a long way in showing you care.

8. [Your Idea Here . . . ]
What other ways can you encourage moms you know? Leave us your ideas for how you plan to help a mom out. She’ll be your biggest fan!

About Author

Leanna Shepard

Leanna began serving on staff with Revive Our Hearts in the summer of 2014. Though originally from Arkansas and now residing in Michigan, her citizenship is in heaven, having been adopted as daughter of the King at age ten. She loves a cup of hot tea with a good book, experimenting in the kitchen with a new recipe, and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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  • Britt

    Give a random hug or compliment 😀

    • kunaya

      Hi, i am from South Africa…thank you for the article…it’s sort of like a confirmation as to what I have been doing by the Grace of God for a mother of two kids. A 3 year old girl and a 2 year old boy. If i could use your ideas/pointers as a check list, I would tick all the boxes. The experiance of serving her and her family (kids and husband) encourages my faith and everyday I learn something new. Especially how to handle the kids during family devotions.

      Well in the adding my idea sub-heading…I offered to look after the kids while they were away for the weekend thereafter for a week😊 and all I can say is that the kids and I had lots of fun!😊😊.

      Blessings
      Puleng

      • Leanna Shepard

        I love what you’re doing for your friend’s family, Puleng! You’re so right, these acts of kindness not only bless the mother but encourage your own soul, as well! Keep it up! 🙂

    • Leanna Shepard

      That’s a great one, Britt!

  • Thanks for all these ideas, Leanna!

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