So much pressure exists for kids to be perfect at everything. My experience with an eating disorder has made me certain that our kids need to hear this instead: Do your best, be kind, give back, make healthy choices, embrace what makes you different. You are powerful. You make a difference. You are enough.
Posts in the "Acceptance" category:
I think parenting is the single greatest endeavor I will ever embark upon, and because of that, I think it deserves my very best, most deliberate behavior. However, I no longer believe that what I do is the only thing that matters.
I want to live in a community where women can showcase their strengths and pursue their talents– at home and in the workforce–without the fear of being or looking “too good.” When women excel, at anything, it is good for all of us.
By the proverbial standards of the world, it’s easy to classify the majority of mothers, by virtue of what we do, day in and day out, as ordinary. But make sure you don’t forget to use the word ‘fabulous’ in front of that description.
Motherhood can be overwhelming. Many women can feel “mommy burnout” more often than they care to admit. Author Amy H. Fonseca relates her experiences with mothering and how the process of “letting go” of our baggage and stress can help us see motherhood in a new light.
When life gets overwhelming, sometimes it is necessary to gain a new perspective. The “grandma version” of ourselves is wise and witty and helps us to achieve the balance we need to survive the years until we do indeed become grandparents.
Is your family “normal”? Tiffany Sowby’s isn’t…and she’s perfectly fine with that.
Motherhood is often punctuated by challenges, sometimes small and mundane and sometimes lasting and heart-wrenching. How can we get through them? The Stockdale Paradox, a mix of optimism and discipline, could be part of your solution.
We’ve all heard of postpartum baby blues, but what about mid-life mom blues? Allyson Reynolds gives 5 reasons her newest stage of motherhood (her youngest child started school last fall) is keeping her on her toes…and 5 reasons it’s also really awesome.
There’s a post going viral called “I Look Down on Young Women with Husbands and Kids and I’m Not Sorry.” It’s obviously stirred up quite a frenzied discussion. Here’s a respectful response from Power of Moms.
Recently in a meeting, I happened to glance at the notes that were being taken by a lady in front of me. Several of the notes she had written down were goals to be a better mother to her children. I suddenly became squeamish in my seat. It wasn’t the goals themselves that caused my discomfort, […]
My oldest son is humbling me, big time. I’m in some uncharted waters as we head into the teen years. But I’ve figured out a few things that really make a difference.