Journaling Can Relieve Mom Stress (Part II)

Something transformative happens when you journal. It’s a cathartic experience that moves low feelings from the mind to the paper. Here’s an interesting article by Sammie Scott for Postpartum Progress. Sammie talks about self-care not just being about the body, but the mind as well. Journaling was the key to helping her feel whole again. How Writing The Truth About … Read More

Confessions of an Imperfect Mom

  Over the first few years of my child’s life, I tried to be the perfect mom, or at least what I imagined was perfection. I drove myself crazy and into depression, doubting my ability. I was so afraid that I’d forget how long it had been since I’d given her the last dose of fever reducer. Or that I’d cause … Read More

What a mom needs during the first few weeks and months postpartum

I wish I had known what to ask for after I had my daughter. Looking back, the biggest help for me would have been someone to watch the baby while I napped. I wouldn’t have tried to play Super Woman. Here’s one mom’s list of a few small things that would have meant the world to her. What did/would you find helpful … Read More

Self-Care, Selfish? No way!

So, why do we feel guilty when we read a magazine or get our nails done? “Oh, I should be at home spending time with my child.” (Even though you’ve spent the better part of the day reading out loud and playing Legos.) Or, “I could buy Little Trey a new pair of pants with this manicure money.” (Even though … Read More

Waiting

As a mom, it’s easy to become frustrated and impatient. You pour everything into your child and do everything you think you’re supposed to be doing a good mom. But sometimes, you wonder if you’re missing the boat because all you see is tantrums, talk-backs and messes. You teach and pray and read what the “experts” say but your efforts … Read More

You’re doing just fine.

When my daughter was a baby, I used to panic at the thought of being completely responsible for her well being. Yes, I played God. I placed an enormous (and unnecessary) amount of pressure on myself. Now that she is older, and I am wiser, I can say that as moms, we do our part by loving and nurturing our … Read More

Every Mom Needs A Break. And I’m Taking Mine!

I have 20 minutes before I have to pick up Trey. I could vacuum the lawn or prune the rose bushes but I’ll get to that later. Right now, I’m taking a moment for myself. They don’t come that often!  

Permission to Breathe

You want someone to know you, really know you and accept you. Not just as a mom but as a person. But exposing yourself is scary. What will people think if they saw all the insecure and imperfect parts of me? The truth is that all of us moms look over our shoulder from time to time, wondering if others … Read More