Parenting

Sustaining a healthy marriage

Hi lovely Mamas! Today we are continuing our conversation about relationships. And we are talking about intimate relationships such as with your spouse or significant other. As we all know, they change rather dramatically sometimes when we bring children into the picture. And this is because of a variety of reasons. Some of the key…

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Relationship with Kids

Hey there Mama! Of course we all want to be an amazing Mom for our kids. We want to help guide them, nurture them and support them. We’d also really like them learn from our mistakes and all the trials we’ve been through so we can keep them from the pain we went through. It’s…

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4 Tips on Being Perfectly Authentic

4 Tips on Being Perfectly Authentic, Valerie Friedlander, Chicago

I’m a believer that the most perfect you can be is perfectly you and being that is totally awesome! The thing is, there are times when I’ve struggled being perfectly me. Times when I tried really hard to be someone else. It’s not that I didn’t want to be me, it’s just that I didn’t…

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What’s wrong with the “power of positivity”?

power of positivity

Well, nothing intrinsically. The problem is actually judgment. Most people equate positivity with “good” and negativity with “bad”. This thinking leads many of us to deny, avoid, and beat themselves up over “negative” emotions and thoughts.   I see this time and again with Moms and have experienced it myself. It’s as though there is…

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The 4 Letter Word We Need to Stop Treating As Taboo

The 4 letter word we need to stop treating as taboo: HELP

That’s right, I’m talking about HELP. When my first child was born we had issues breastfeeding. It took two weeks of misery, tears, frustration, including a trip to the hospital for jaundice, pumping to get my supply back up because he wasn’t actually nursing and constant breakdowns before I finally hired a lactation consultant. She…

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How to Support Your Kids Without Sacrificing Yourself

How to Support Your Kids Without Sacrificing Yourself

My 5-year-old outgrew his sneakers just in time for Kindergarten. Time to go shoe shopping! Now, we’ve always said all colors are for everyone and supported a variety of toys and clothes. But when he said he wanted yellow and purple shoes, I hesitated. I knew I could find yellow and purple shoes but I…

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Dealing with Disappointment

Dealing with Disappointment

I asked an acquaintance for help the other day. I’m working on a large project and I wanted her to know about it so that she could share with others that might be interested. We don’t know each other very well but we’ve had pleasant interactions and I helped her with something small a few…

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Overcoming Overwhelm

Overcoming Overwhelm

Most of the Moms I speak to talk about being overwhelmed, by parenting, career, home, life in general, you name it. There’s always something and it seeps into everything. A little bit of overwhelm goes a long way – kind of like that pink spot in The Cat in the Hat Returns by Dr. Seuss…

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