Tag Archives: self care

5 things to discuss with your partner today to help you create your parenting plan

5 things to discuss with your partner today to help you create your parenting plan

I recently co-authored a book where I wrote a chapter on alleviating stress in your life by preparing better to be a mom. In that chapter, I equated having babies to running a business. I got some comments about this comparison, but I do this all the time. I’m sure it offends some people, but… Read More

Postpartum support and the 3 am rule

Postpartum support and the 3 am rule

  This month’s Mama Story features Julienne DesJardins, a virtual assistant with expertise in digital marketing. As a business owner turned mamapreneur, Julienne brings lessons from management, marketing, and mamahood into the mix of her postpartum journey.   Confession: I’m one of those people who starts listening to Christmas music in October.   So, naturally,… Read More

How to approach your provider and get the care you deserve

How to approach your provider and get the care you deserve

Waiting for a doctor’s visit where you know you need to ask a question that leaves you vulnerable can be terrifying.   Why can’t I sleep even when my baby’s sleeping? Why can’t I enjoy the things I used to enjoy? Why do I feel so numb and overwhelmed? How do I know if I’m… Read More

Three mind-body strategies for managing frustration

Three mind-body strategies for managing frustration

Picture this You finally managed to find the time to scrub a reddish brownish stain out of your couch. It could have been ketchup. Might have been fruit juice. May be something else from a really long time ago that has since turned that reddish brownish color. Nevertheless, you got it out and are taking… Read More

What I Wish I had Known: Gifts I’d Give My Younger Self to Avoid Postpartum Meltdown

What I Wish I had Known: Gifts I’d Give My Younger Self to Avoid Postpartum Meltdown

I have the great honor of sharing Amanda Harrison’s Mama Story with you today. I’ve been a fan of Amanda’s insightful writing since stumbling across her work about a year ago. And in planning this series, I knew she would be a contributor. Her positivity is contagious. Where others may see deficits, Amanda finds joy… Read More

Motherhood: My Life with Light

Motherhood: My Life with Light

My dear friend Kim Swanson is sharing her Mama Story with you today, and fair-warning: it’s a tear-jerker! To be fair, I am most definitely a crier and pretty much every single story I am sharing with you over these next few days made my eyes water. Kim’s story made the tears spill out for… Read More

Postpartum Depression and Lots of Self-compassion

Postpartum Depression and Lots of Self-compassion

I have the honor of sharing Cindy Patterson’s Mama Story with you today, and we are getting into a topic that is under-shared far too often: postpartum depression. The World Health Organization estimates that 10-15% of all mothers experience postpartum depression, yet it is under-diagnosed and under-treated. Cindy shares the intimate details of what it… Read More

From the Boston Marathon to Breastfeeding And Back Again

From the Boston Marathon to Breastfeeding And Back Again

I am thrilled to share a Mama Story from Stephanie Morton with you today. If you have ever seen a fellow mother that looked like they were in fantastic shape and wondered “How in the world is that even possible?” then you definitely enjoy Stephanie’s story. Stephanie gives a behind the scenes peek of pre-pregnancy marathon run, to… Read More

Done is Better than Perfect: Being Gentle on Yourself

Done is Better than Perfect: Being Gentle on Yourself

Today’s words of wisdom come from Kerin Monaco. Kerin and I have lots of things in common: yoga, social work, and a bad case of perfectionism. So I was thrilled when I began to read Kerin’s post and saw this line “I had visions of me writing this spectacular post on what I call ‘mommy maintenance’…here… Read More