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Quotes about Moms

9 Apr

For the life of me I can’t remember where I got these great quotes about mothers!  As soon as I recall the source I’ll let you know.  If you’re a mom, or have a mom, or have ever met a mom, you’ll love these!  My personal faves are the hilarious #10, 15, and 59, while number 20 made me choke back tears…

  1. There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one ~ Jill Churchill
  2. Mothers are all slightly insane. ~ J.D. Salinger
  3. My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. ~ George Washington
  4. Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. ~ Elizabeth Stone
  5. The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. ~ Honoré de Balzac
  6. There was never a great man who had not a great mother. ~ Olive Schreiner
  7. In the man whose childhood has known caresses, there is always a fiber of memory that can be touched to gentle issues. ~ George Eliot
  8. Mothers have as powerful an influence over the welfare of future generations as all other earthly causes combined. ~ John S C Abbott
  9. There is no influence so powerful as that of the mother. ~ Sarah Josepha Hale Continue reading

Valuing Ourselves – and Others

30 Aug

Jen’s latest FEAT—which centers on self-acceptance—got my wheels spinning back to a thought I’ve had many times over my nearly 16-year career as a mom: Other moms can make you feel like crap.

Like the high-school queen bee whose popularity rises in proportion to how bad she makes other girls feel, certain moms relish nothing more than a) pointing out the talents/innate genius/physical gifts of their own offspring and b) snarking about other moms and their children.

These chicks are smart in how they undercut their erstwhile rivals, rarely engaging in any kind of face-to-face confrontation. Rather, snide side comments to a third party are their forte. This has the two-fold effect of putting the first mom down and intimidating the listener.

Back when I lived in Little Rock and my teen daughter with autism was a toddler, another mom I knew (a friend, I might have said at the time) constantly regaled me with her own daughter’s brilliance, particularly when it came to her staggering vocabulary. This stung all the worse as on that score my daughter (to this day largely nonverbal) was showing a notable lack of progress in that area. All the while, Uber-Mom kept discussing another friend’s child, about whom she had “concerns.” It got so bad that I began a pattern of cancelling play-dates at the last minute, too anxious to cope, too gutless to explain why.

While I’m definitely not blame-free on the score of expressing opinions about another child or mother, I pray I don’t ever do it as a way of inflating myself. I am the first to admit my failings as a mom—and I’ll readily share them with whoever’s listening. But do take a page from my book and steer clear of mothers with a not-so-hidden agenda of tearing someone else down to feel better about themselves.

We’re all better when we don’t.

Mothers Helping Mothers – UPDATE!

10 May

Despite the fact that I was so late in organizing this project, I’m pleased to say that we ended up with a great haul for SaveHaven!  My kids and I delivered the donations on Friday.  We filled up two huge carts with clothes, toiletries, candy, toys, books, and more!  My kids also picked out some special Mother’s Day balloons for the ladies there.

My deepest thanks go out to everyone who contributed.  We’ll definitely be doing this again next year – even bigger and better!


Calling all Moms!!

This Mother’s Day, I want to rally all you ladies to help me with a special project.  I’m going to collect donations for SafeHaven of Tarrant County, the women’s shelter.

I’ll spare you the long version of why I want to do this – in a nutshell, I feel lucky with the life I have and I want to help other moms.  The thought of being in a shelter with my kids is devastating, and being stuck there on Mother’s Day would most likely rule out any chance for celebration.  But with the help of donations (from caring people like us!), the shelter can give some small, special treats to the moms who are staying there.

Items on their Mother’s Day wish list include flip-flops, colorful socks, chapstick or lip balm, makeup, nail files, gum or candy, and body wash or lotion.

Their immediate needs also include women’s clothes and pajamas (can be used), kids’ toys (can be used), baby bottles, sippy cups, formula, and diapers.

I’ll deliver the items to the shelter next Friday, May 6.  Please contact me at jen@morethanmothers.com and I’ll be happy to pick up any items you’d like to donate.

Thank you to everyone who can help me with this!  Together, we can spread our good fortune and brighten the Mother’s Day of other moms who are facing a personal crisis.

Project Mom Conference

15 Apr

Last Saturday, I attended the Project Mom Conference in Fort Worth with several friends.  We had a great time!  It was such a fun “Moms-Only” day. The entire event was meticulously organized, from the moment we walked in the door – where we received goodie bags crammed full of coupons and samples – until the applause following the last speaker.  (Plus, the food was great!)

The motto of the conference was “Be Even Better,” a theme which was clearly conveyed during the course of the day.  Breakout sessions included topics like Making the Most of Mom, Talking about the Birds and Bees, and a Children’s Health Panel.

The sessions I attended were called Feed Your Family (very effective – I’m on track to start meal planning now!) and Growing Confident Kids (taught me a new way to find my children’s strengths).

The speakers were all highly motivating, most with the shared trait of having overcome dire circumstances to become an inspiration to others.

I took copious notes all day, and learned more than a few tidbits that I know will help me in my quest to be a better mom.  I also perused the booths of the various vendors, and bought myself my new favorite ring.  I’m looking forward to next year!

FAQs about Breastfeeding

15 Dec

If your mother breastfed you, you’re lucky in more ways than one.  Not only would that have increased your IQ by a few points, but you’d be less likely to be obese, you would be less susceptible to allergies, and you would be less likely to have certain forms of cancer.

If your mother breastfed you, you may have the added benefit of her support, education, & advice.  My mother did not, in fact, breastfeed my siblings and me, so when I got pregnant with my first baby, I knew I needed to find information/support somewhere.  I found the information and support I needed in my local La Leche League group.

I was able to observe other mothers nursing (for the first time), get my questions answered, and get to know the leaders.  I am glad I did too, because I ended up having a myriad of issues with breastfeeding my first.  As a result, one of the leaders came to the hospital (after the lactation consultant was nowhere to be found, despite my begs and pleads with other hospital staff) and helped me.  La Leche League offers a wealth of information on breastfeeding and support.

This Guide was put together recently, to answer a few really important and frequently asked questions.  Please feel free to pass it along to anyone you know who is pregnant and/or interested in more information about breastfeeding!

To view the Guide, click the picture above or click here.

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