Several years ago, my friend, John Maxwell, was speaking at one of our annual women’s conferences, and he opened with a remark that drew a huge response. He said, “Confidence is the uplifting feeling you have before you truly understand the situation.” John was joking, of course, but even so, I think every mother in the crowd could identify with his statement. As moms, we’ve lived it. Most of us can recall all too well the naive sense of certainty we first felt at the prospect of motherhood. We can easily remember the idyllic dreams we once had about our soon‑to‑be‑born little bundles of joy.