REAL MANTRAS FOR REAL PARENTS::: Awesomely Awake
As a mother, have you ever reached your breaking point?
Perhaps all the children were fighting and dinner was simmering — then burning — on the stove. Perhaps the list of to-dos piled up higher than the dishes in the sink. Perhaps your child was dealing with a big issue at school, something that caused you to lose sleep with worries.
Those really difficult moments are when we build our parenting muscles but are also the hardest and the most gut-wrenching.
Maybe you have a long list of friends to call and vent to during challenging times.
But what if you don’t?
These Real Mantras for Real Parents just may save your day — or at least your voice.
About Shawn: Shawn Ledington Fink is the author of The Playful Family. She has been using these mantras and many others as she navigates being an intentional mother of twins, who are now 6 years old. A writer and journalist for nearly 20 years, she has a love of words and being a peaceful, playful and creative Mama. She loves inspiring other families to slow down and inject meaningful moments into their everyday life on her blog Awesomely Awake. You can find out more about her on Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter.
YOU SUCK::: They Call Me Mummy
Have you ever discussed your diet/your fat thighs/your cellulite/your bad nose in front of your child? It’s okay though, because you tell her she’s beautiful, right? Wrong. By telling her you’re ugly/worthless/not good enough, you’re telling her the same. It’s time we stop telling our daughters, “You suck!”
About Michelle: When Michelle is not drowning under a mountain of laundry, she writes commercials and yells (gently and encouragingly) at her children. She loves her three little people more than she ever believed was possible. Oh, and her house is not Pinterest-worthy.
I HAD A C-SECTION, SO WHAT? ::: Hybrid Rasta Mama
Birth is an individual experience. All mothers, regardless of whether they had a natural birth, a medicated birth or something in between, need positive support so that they can embrace their unique birth experience. As a “natural parent,” I carried around a lot of guilt for having a c-section and not a natural birth in a non-hospital setting. I carried that guilt and shame for over two years. After a lot of inner work and after reading other birth stories like mine, I became empowered and finally accepted that I had given birth, even if it was not what I had hoped for. I turned a guilt ridden, shameful birth story into something beautiful, powerful, and MINE! I had a c-section. So what?
About Jennifer: Jennifer, author of Hybrid Rasta Mama, is a former government recruiter turned stay-at-home mama to a precious daughter (“Tiny”) brought earthside in early 2009. She blogs about conscious parenting, natural living, holistic health/wellness, real foods, a Waldorf inspired approach to education and more. You can also find Jennifer on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,Networked Blogs, and StumbleUpon.