If you’re anything like me, you probably have trouble turning off the voice in your head. From the second your alarm blasts in the morning to the moment you collapse in bed at night, your mind is chattering away faster than preteen girls at a slumber party.
What’s worse is that a shocking amount of that chatter is in the form of negative self-talk—a continuous loop of thoughts about how you’re not smart enough, not pretty enough, not a good enough mom, how you’re screwing it all up, how much therapy your kids will need, and on and on it goes.
Just for today, I’m going to try to bisect that loop. I’m going to intersect the negative self-talk not by turning off my brain—since that will never happen—but rather by replacing each and every defeatist thought with a positive mama-mantra.
Want to join me?
Here are 20 affirmations to get you started. And since you’re undoubtedly pressed for time, they’re each only a single line.
20 One-Line Affirmations for Moms
1. If I do nothing today besides hug my kids, then I’ve done enough.
2. I’m not the perfect mother, but I’m exactly the one my children need. Tweet this!
3. Today I will see the best in my child and the best in myself.
4. The decisions made by other moms do not need to dictate mine.
5. I have been called to motherhood—the most powerful calling in the world.
6. I respect my children; I respect myself.
7. Being a good mom takes courage, and today I’m feeling brave.
8. My mothering body is beautiful.
9. Today I will be the type of person I would like my children to become.
10. There’s value in showing my kids my vulnerability.
11. Not loving every moment of motherhood doesn’t mean I don’t love being a mom.
12. I will teach my child by example more so than by advice.
13. There is no such thing as “just a mom.” Tweet this!
14. I accept my children just as they are.
15. I love my kids even when I don’t particularly like them.
16. Today I will be an intentional parent.
17. I am a blessing to my family.
18. As I teach my kids today, I’ll also be open to the lessons they can teach me.
19. I’m grateful for my life as a mom.
20. I love my kids, which means I’m doing just fine.