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15 Signs for Moms That They Might Need a Day Off

Denise Geelhart | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents
Denise Geelhart

You look forward to filling your tank full of gas because it means you get out of the car and away from the kids for at least five minutes.

I Am An Introvert, Leave Me Alone!

Olga Mecking | Posted 03.16.2015 | Women
Olga Mecking

Just because I don't smile doesn't mean that I am unhappy. It just means that I am thinking about something that I consider important. It means that I am trying to find some space for myself in a public place.

Self Care Happens On The Fringes

Tricia Mirchandani | Posted 03.13.2015 | Parents
Tricia Mirchandani

We've created a vision that is impossible to attain amidst a life where small people rely on us. A life where we want to be with those small people just as much as we need a break from them most of the time. Inevitably, the grand self care gestures fall apart under their own weight.

Talking About The Hard In Motherhood

Tricia Mirchandani | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
Tricia Mirchandani

I handed him the baby monitor that was silent, but only because I had the thing turned all the way down. The little light bar was a constant shade of toddler-is-screaming-red.

When Motherhood Swallows Your Identity, Do This

Mia Redrick | Posted 03.06.2015 | Parents
Mia Redrick

Each of my three children have grown up with a mom who has insisted on the importance of her own self-care, but also in building a family culture that values being whole. It's our new normal for the children to see their parents loving themselves while also loving their family.

10 Reasons It's Healthy For Parents to Spend Time Away from Their Kids

Carrie Visintainer | Posted 03.04.2015 | Parents
Carrie Visintainer

From the time they're born, kids observe everything. It's good for them to know that their parents are individuals, too, with their very own wants, needs and passions. This is the beginning of teaching kids about the concept of identity.

I Don't Always Feel Like A Mom

Toni Hammer | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Toni Hammer

I've been a parent for over two and a half years now, and I still don't identify as a mom. I mean, I know I'm a mom. I have the stretch marks, sippy cups and sleep-addled brain to prove it. But I don't quite feel like me in this new mom skin yet.

Me Time Shouldn't Be This Hard, Should It?

Amanda Magee | Posted 02.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Amanda Magee

I am realizing that an aspect of growing up has been leaving the fear of monsters under the bed behind, only to have the monsters in my head keep my scared. I'm ready to run toward instinct, even if it's scary and even if it feels counter-intuitive.

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Next Bedtime

Catherine Chen, Ph.D. | Posted 02.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Catherine Chen, Ph.D.

Between making a conscious effort to separate your work life from home, not working on your bed, and being mindful of your activities before bed, over time you'll train your body to be sleep ready.

Why I Put Myself First

Samantha Sutherland | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Samantha Sutherland

I obviously love my child, but I love being a complete version of me, and sometimes that means looking after myself before I look after him.

A Mom's Bill of Rights

Meredith Hale | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

As a mom, it's easy to forget that I'm part of the equation. But no more shall I go hungry, naked and deaf.

'Me Time,' Anyone?

Janice Windt | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Janice Windt

Today, me time is the three minutes I get on the loo to check Facebook before one of my sons bursts through the door to see what I am up to. It's my drive to work.

Why I'm Leaving My Kids This Thanksgiving

Carrie Visintainer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Parents
Carrie Visintainer

Just as families are beginning to lay down their plans for a delicious dinner, searching for recipes, making grocery lists and hauling fall-themed decorations out of the closet, I'm doing the opposite: I'm boarding an airplane and leaving the country. Alone.

You Think You Know, But You Have No Idea

Jill Patir | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Jill Patir

I don't know how to go about my day without her. I don't know how to think about what I want to do, not what I need to do for her.

What I Realized When I Asked for Help

Kate Baer | Posted 01.13.2015 | Parents
Kate Baer

Why is it so hard to ask for help? The words get stuck in my throat like a dinner roll I've inhaled without a glass of water, and I'm left dry and weary. The speeches I've rehearsed during angry cleaning are such a waste. I could have been listening to a podcast.

10 Ways To Feel More Like A Woman And Less Like A Mom

Emily Ballard | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Emily Ballard

I needed pretense. I needed to feel like I was a real person even though I was really a milk machine. And for me, the way I dress has always been an outward extension of who I am, even as my style has changed.

Break From Baby

Shari Medini | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Shari Medini

As soon as you have a baby, people start telling you that you need a break from it. They tell you to put the baby in the crib and shower, leave the ba...

Welcoming Motherhood

Anita Mirchandani | Posted 12.22.2014 | Parents
Anita Mirchandani

I can't take a long shower with my tunes on full blast. I would love to meet friends for dinner, but I have a new baby at home. The phenomenon of "me" time exists, but in a different way. In this process, I have learned a few things that I thought I'd share.

The 3 Rules Of My House

Sara Goldstein | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

I will take my coffee peacefully. No, I'm not making some for you. You want to help me make it? Fine. Take notes on my ratios. That could actually be useful information for Sunday. How old do you have to be to drink coffee? I don't care how old you are, you just have to have a job.

Preemptive Parenting Is a Game Changer

Amy Tara Koch | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Amy Tara Koch

Preparation yields time. And time is an invaluable currency. Once I organized the major Mom things -- meals, school, scheduling after school activities -- I emerged cleansed, much like that glorious feeling of showering after an exceptionally sweaty workout.

I Didn't Brush My Teeth Today, Either

Lynn Morrison | Posted 12.08.2014 | Women
Lynn Morrison

I didn't brush my hair today. I didn't brush my teeth today either. I got dressed in slightly dirty clothing that was conveniently hanging on my bedroom door. I put on makeup, but only because I had to go to work and I didn't want my boss to run an intervention for me.

7 Journal Writing Prompts for Beginners

Naomi Arnold | Posted 12.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Naomi Arnold

I encourage you to go out and buy yourself a beautiful notebook or journal and get started using the above prompts as a guide. You'll find that over time you will organically discover a journal practice that suits you and will no longer need to use headings like those suggested as a guide.

What Is So Hard About Self-Care?

Frida Berrigan | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Frida Berrigan

It's just eight minutes; I definitely waste eight minutes three or four times over in the course of even a hard day with two little kids. Why am I not prioritizing the thing I most need?

What Every Mother Needs To Teach Her Daughter About Being a Mom

Mia Redrick | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Mia Redrick

My commitment to "me time" dates for the last 16 years has taught me to trust the choices I've made in my life and to be clear about what is most important. Spending that time was about doing something to enrich my life vs. just maintaining it.

Mother Hover

Daphne Wayans | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Daphne Wayans

By "filling your cup" with all the things that satisfy you in life, you will then be better able and more willing to give to those you want to give to. Especially your children.