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Mommy Wars

I am just about finished reading Shonda Rhimes' book, The Year of Yes. And from this day forward, it will be my personal manifesto. In fact, I think it should be required reading for young women, grown women, mothers, and future mothers. In short, if you have two X chromosomes (which would make you a bona fide female), you need this book in your life.
Nope, not a better mother than your neighbor, than your friend, or than the president of your local PTA...but what makes you the best mother you can be? Going even further than that... What makes you successful as a person? As a human being?
I am apparently the hippie-crunchy-granola mom who has been accusing of shaming other moms simple because of my lifestyle. Yes, I am the mom everyone loves to hate. You cringe at my posts on social media. You judge me when I walk by. You complain to your other mom friends about me.
Being a parent is super easy if you aren't one. Wait, what? Well, before I had kids, I was great at giving advice about parenting. If I could go back in time, I would slap Pre-parenting me and set the record straight. This is the hardest job on the face of the earth. I said a lot of things prior to being a Mom.
My 1-year old started walking less than two months ago. She liked walking for about five minutes, but she grew bored with
Story time can be fun. Check out a story I wrote about the day in the life of a Mom. Please be aware that this is a bit inappropriate. ;) I bet you can relate to a few of the things in my story if you are a Mom. I hope you enjoy.
Parenting is the toughest job on the planet. I say it all the time. We need to stop judging each other and start supporting each other. We are humans raising humans. We need to be respectful and honestly, mind our own business at times.
You will, however, be able to tell who was raised with love and joy. Because they will be the ones with the confidence to
I love my children with all my heart. They are by far the most treasured people in my life and I want to spend as much time as I can with them. Having said that, I also need some time away from them, as awful as that may sound to some people, this is MY truth and how I feel, and I am not going to lie about it just to try and please everyone.
Getting my ridiculously huge stroller out of the trunk of my car nearly destroyers my back. And if I don't get the damn thing
It's just the popular theme of our culture that women are the ones who appear to be more conscientious about parenting. Do
In the daily shuffle, it's easy to forget that there are millions of families living and coping within the confines of their special needs.
Myth: Super mom breastfeeds, she cooks all her kids meals - organic and locally sourced. She focuses 100% of her energy on
We flit in and out of each other's lives like acquaintances at a cocktail party, stopping just long enough to compliment a fancy dress or a particularly elaborate hairstyle.
It was shortly before I met my husband and knew with certainty that I would have children someday that Felicity Huffman told 60 Minutes and Leslie Stahl "no" when asked if motherhood was her greatest accomplishment.
We're so good at giving grace to others, but when it comes to our own parenting, we withhold it -- especially on the internet.
I've been asked by men and women, young and old, acquaintances and strangers and family and friends. In intimate settings and public forums. By medical professionals (with no regard to my health), cabbies and cashiers.
I really believed I couldn't have a healthy baby AND pain medication. Hashtag face in palm.
You had a choice, you see, this morning in the sunshine at the park.
Before you come after me with pitchforks, let me explain myself.