Being a mother is a tough job, and it can really rock your sense of self. It is not easy being a mom. Whether you are working outside the home or a stay at home mom, motherhood is hard work. And studies have shown that it can be depressing, especially if you believe in the supermom-doing-it-all-brand of motherhood.

I enjoyed learning about Myers-Briggs personality profiles, having first discovered it a couple of decades ago. It was useful to help me understand what kind of work I might be well-suited for, and I hadn’t realized that it could help me approach motherhood without driving myself insane. I found MotherStyles when I attended a local MOPS meeting. It basically uses your personality profile to help you make use of your strengths in motherhood. I then decided to read the book. I found it useful for me, if not only to remind me that there is no perfect mothering.

I am an ESTJ. This means that I shouldn’t feel bad about missing the adult interaction and structure that came with work! For a while I was thinking maybe I was feeling down because I am not good at being a stay at home mother, but by making a few changes like making extra effort and time to call friends and meet new people, stimulate my senses, and creating projects for myself, I am much better and happier mom for it.

I’m a “How To” Mother!

(Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging)

Organized and comfortable being in charge, I know how to get things done, make things happen, and accomplish much on behalf of my children.

What’s your mothering personality type? Take the MotherStyles quiz at!

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