Here’s another comment we wanted to share from the Self-Care Contest/Challenge. “Sometimes moms prioritize their kids’ needs too much and don’t focus enough on self-care. I’ve been guilty of doing that, but I’ve also learned that taking time for my kids, and the little things each day that are important enough to them that they want me to pay attention, also equals self-care. *I* get so much out of the bursts of undivided attention I give them…they teach me, they make me laugh, I just enjoy them so much that it… Read more Follow Your Bliss →
As we conclude our Mother’s Day Contest/Challenge, here are some final thoughts about what motherhood means. One of our favorite poems about mother/parenthood is from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, “On Children.” “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. .. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.” Another touching account of motherhood is found… Read more What Is A Mother? →
We don’t usually post on Saturday but I wanted to share this very special video with all of you for Mother’s Day. It was made for our Missouri phone support program, Mother to Mother by students from Ladue High School in St.Louis and words can’t describe how touching it is. So, get the kleenex out and for all you do, this is for you. Click on “What Is A Mother” to see this amazing video. A true gift to moms.
Living Self-Care: Body-Mind-Heart&Soul To make self-care a lasting habit, we must redefine our priorities shifting our attention from what’s urgent to what’s truly important. In Beyond the Eighth Habit, Steven Covey discusses four paths which correspond to the four aspects of health essential to self-care: body-to live; mind-to learn; heart-to love; and soul-to leave a legacy. If we devote time and attention to these, we will create optimal health, happiness, and life satisfaction, enhancing the lives of everyone around us. Summary Suggestions: 1. Make your health and well-being a priority… Read more Wrapping Up Our Self-Care Contest/Challenge: Last Day to Enter and Win →
This past weekend, I participated in a training for Mother to Mother, our free volunteer phone support program for pregnant and post-birth moms in Missouri. One conversation which stood out for me was how surviving postpartum depression (PPD) can help us become stronger and more confident. Not that anyone would willingly choose this, but sometimes it chooses us. Experiencing mild depression after my first baby, took me by surprise. After completing my doctoral degree, getting my psychology license, and seeing 30 clients a week, I thought I could handle anything. Certainly, motherhood couldn’t be more challenging. … Read more Surviving PPD: The Princess Who Saved Herself →
As soon as a woman announces that she has a positive pregnancy test, everyone has their advice and questions on choices she must make. Will you have an epidural or not? Will you use cloth or disposable? and the list goes on. This myriad of opinions can feel overwhelming, confusing, and even irritating as a woman begins her journey towards motherhood. Because women have been conditioned to nurture and please others, we agonize over choices, worrying we are going to hurt someone’s feelings by not doing it their way or that we will… Read more Cloth or Disposable…And Other Choices Moms Must Make →