When things don’t go to plan

One thing I have learnt through the journey of motherhood is that things don’t always go to plan. 

The best laid out plan can change so quickly when you have little people involved. Have you ever had one of those days where nothing seemed to go to plan? How did you respond? Where did you turn in the middle of the chaos?

Those moments are so hard; trust me I know! Inside the four walls of your house sometimes feels lonely with so many demands, pulling you in every direction. Thoughts race through your mind. Which child’s needs are most important at this very moment? How can I possibly get through this? Can I put them to bed yet, even though it is only 4pm?!

It is so easy to make the wrong choice in these moments, however, one thing that has sustained me in these moments is the ability to train my children in the way they should go. When things don’t go to plan, it is a chance to model to our children how to move through disappointments, admit when we are wrong, and, most importantly, say sorry. Giving our children the opportunity to see their Mum say sorry and walk through the process of asking forgiveness is so powerful. One of the most humbling things we can do is admit when we are wrong and try again. It’s something we often demand of our children, but when was the last time you modelled it in your behaviour? 

What if you could walk away from those experiences without the motherly guilt of getting it wrong, but with the knowledge that you showed your children that we often learn the most when things don’t go to plan. 


Bec Fleming 
Bec is a Mops Connect Leader, and mother to 4 kids (aged 9, 6, 4 & 1).

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