The Epidemic of Complaining Moms
A time of joy and claiming the promise came to an abrupt stop, which killed their faith to proceed with God’s plan.
A young mom came to me with some real concern about moms complaining about their children and parenting. She asked, "What do we do when a mom starts complaining about her children? We want to connect, so it is tempting to jump in with negative comments about our own children."
This is a great Titus 2 opportunity.
Older women should be teaching the young moms “to love their children.” Encourage moms in a positive way to enjoy each stage of their children’s lives—not that there won’t be challenging moments like sleepless nights, potty training accidents, and communication issues. But oh how precious are the cuddles in the quiet of the night, the victory of no more diapers, and talking through life issues with your teen! Help young moms realize that they can make it through the rough days, and they don’t have to fear the future. Pray with them that God will give them daily wisdom, power, and patience as they parent.
So, how do you respond when a mom starts complaining about her children?
7/26/2019 10:25:22 am
Great encouragement to check myself and complain less! Thank you!
7/27/2019 11:32:31 am
Taking time to be aware of our words helps us to filter what actually comes out of our mouths. It has to be intentional, for sure. The discussion on the tongue in James chapter 3 includes ALL the words we speak and the attitudes behind them. I'm working on checking myself in this area too!
7/26/2019 11:14:52 am
I’ve both listened to complaining moms and been a complaining mom! It’s an easy trap to fall into for sure. When I’m with a complaining mom I like to validate the feelings behind their complaining (because they’re feeling frustrated, incompetent, overwhelmed etc) and then try to build them up so they hopefully feel like they’re not alone and more confident to jump back into the fray!
7/27/2019 11:32:39 am
Sounds like you have a great plan in place to keep things positive and encouraging for other moms! Thanks for sharing.
Mother of 3
7/26/2019 02:28:21 pm
It's so easy to fall into that trap! In fact I found myself pulling away from other moms for that reason. Once I realized that I was mostly just doing it to "fit in" I started hanging out with other moms. Moms that were mostly positive about being around their kids.
7/27/2019 11:32:49 am
Yes, it's so easy to be negative when you are around other negative people. Good for you seeking out moms who can build you up! Stay in the Word and be the iron sharpening iron kind of mom friend!
7/29/2019 11:18:05 am
I try not to judge another--especially since I haven't been given the opportunity to be in their shoes. However, it's also hard not to get irritated as someone who hasn't been blessed with children of her own when people act like their children are some kind of hoodlums to get away from.
7/30/2019 04:46:27 pm
Thank you, Ashley, for this reminder to be sensitive to others who do not have children of their own. Complaining is not in a vacuum and is hurtful on so many levels. God bless.
7/30/2019 04:46:44 pm
Yes, prayer is so much more productive than complaining! We have to be on our guard to keep from joining the complaining crowd. By God's grace we can be leaders of encouragement instead of followers of complaining.
8/1/2019 02:13:06 pm
Sometimes I feel like it's the trendy thing to do when mom's complain about their kids. Or like a competition "My kid is worse than yours". I know the damage that parental complaining or 'kid-bashing' does, so I make every effort not to do that with my kids. It just ruins the relationship we have with them. Thanks for sharing on Grace & Truth.
7/26/2022 06:40:30 pm
You're absolutely right, Aimee, "It just ruins the relationship we have with them." And on top of that, God is not pleased with a complaining attitude. He says that children are a gift and a blessing (Psalm 127:3).
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