3 Things to Remember on the Bad Days {With Free Printable}

Mamas, we all have bad days! Get the encouragement you need right here, along with a printable graphic with 9 things to remember on those bad days.

Earlier this week, I talked a little bit about how we all have bad days, but you’re probably doing better than you think. Today, I want to talk about some of the things to remember on the bad days.

You know the kind I’m talking about. Your kids were being a rowdier version of themselves. Maybe not listening well. Maybe homeschool lessons didn’t go well. Maybe you didn’t get to the laundry, and you had take out for dinner. Maybe you didn’t have much patience, or maybe you even yelled at your kids.

Truth 1: A Bad Day Doesn’t Make a Bad Mom

When you have one of those really bad days, it can turn on that little voice that likes to beat you up. Don’t listen to it. You are not a bad mom just because you had a bad day.

This bad day is not every day. When we have one of those bad days when everything feels like a failure, that little voice comes in to tell us that we’re failing at life every single day.

Take a step back from this. Remember yesterday. Two days ago. Last week. Think back to days when things were more peaceful and went better. Don’t let that voice tell you every day is bad.

Tip–if every day is bad, then you might be struggling with more than just a bad day. Check out my series on finding hope in the midst of depression, or my series on creating a peaceful home to break the cycle.

Truth 2: Tomorrow is a New Day

No matter how many bad days in a row you’ve had, tomorrow is a new day.  {<—Tweet This}

Take a minute to let that sink in. Yes, it’s so obvious, but it’s also powerful. God’s mercies are new every morning.

You don’t have to wallow in a bad day, or a bad week–you can fix it.  Make tomorrow a better day.

Don’t just say “I hope tomorrow will be better.”  Think about it specifically–what went wrong today, and how can you improve that tomorrow. Make a plan.

Some things to think about:

  • What can you do tomorrow morning to help tomorrow go more smoothly?
  • What plans can you make tonight to help get ready for tomorrow?–schedules, laying out clothes, setting out some things for breakfast, etc. Being prepared is a great way to get a head start on the day.
  • Is there a favorite encouraging Bible verse that you can print out and put in a prominent place to help you through the day?
  • Did you eat well and drink enough water today? If not, be sure to change that tomorrow.
  • Did you (and your children) get enough rest the night before? If not, do everything you can to be sure you’re getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is not your friend.

Tip: Check out my Finding Hope series for more practical steps you can take to improve a bad day, or recover from a series of bad days. Also, watch for a post coming a bit later in the week with some tips for turning around a bad day in the moment. And, don’t forget about the power of just one thing in getting started.

3. What you’re doing is important.

This mom thing can be hard. Really hard.

And some days are harder than others, but they are all worth it. We live in a world and in a culture that devalues moms. Our society tells women that mothering isn’t important and that it doesn’t matter.

That’s a lie. It matters. You’re important and what you’re doing to serve your family is important. What you’re doing is meaningful and it matters. No, there isn’t a big salary, but the rewards are immeasurable, and the impact you can have on your kids–and on God’s kingdom through your kids–is one of the most meaningful things you can do.

Bonus: Kids are forgiving and resilient

Our kids are amazing! They don’t hold grudges like we sometimes do. Your kids love you so much, and for the most part, they remember the good days more than the bad. Don’t be afraid to be  honest with them–admit your mistake and apologize to them. You might be surprised at how gracious they can be. Sometimes I know that I could learn from my kids in this particular area of my life.

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Maybe you need a reminder of these things every now and then. Click on the image below to download the printable with a list of encouraging truths to remember on a bad day.

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  1. says

    Thanks! It’s also helpful for me to remember everyday is not a bad day. For me, I’m learning, I do have bad seasons if I don’t prepare for them. For instance, I have children with unique needs and transitions are difficult for them. If I don’t plan to get myself extra healthy leading up to their transitions, we can sink for a time.

    Thanks for the reminders!

  2. says

    Yes, thank goodness kids are so forgiving, right? I can remember so many bad days when my kids were younger and I still yell sometimes. I always apologize when I need to. And they forgive me. In the end, LOVE conquers all, even the worst of days. Great post, especially for the moms who are still in the “thick of it” I find the thing that helps me most is spending time in the Bible. Being consistently in the Bible allows me to have more patience every day.

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