Even with the questions and the additional pressure, we realize our daughter was born in an amazing time.
Instead of coaching athletes, she has spent the last several years coaching me as I've strived to get better, first from ovarian cancer at the age of 32, then from the autonomic nerve damage the life-saving chemo caused.
Our life, for the years that we are raising our kids, revolve around them. It's just the way it is. But, as every empty nester knows, all things come to an end. All things except motherhood.
Nine months ago a seed was planted. Ok people, not THAT kind of seed. I didn't do any baby making, but I did start a journey that has changed my life for the better, similar to how becoming a mom made me see the world a bit differently.
Now, I have a whole new way to consider parenting her -- a way that is the total opposite of my extroverted instincts.
"Michael thinks you're already beautiful, and he worries about you when you have surgery. Have you ever thought, Gosh, this isn't worth it?"
Although these two environments (parenthood and running a startup) are starkly different, there are carryover skills. What I have learned is that if you are cognitively aware of the parenting ninja skills you possess, then you are able to recognize similar situations in the startup environment and apply those skills.
These messages -- and they really only scratch the surface of the challenges America's working mothers face -- illustrate the incredible strength and resilience of mothers who hold jobs in this country. But they also reveal a stark and unacceptable reality
My three girls take turns being the squeaky wheel, and my focus on each girl waxes and wanes. What never wavers is my love. Whether flesh of my flesh or soul of my soul, I love each daughter as a whole.
Though Kathy and I have been building a life together for 22 years, we cannot marry in our home state -- the state where I was born, and where I serve in Houston's highest office. Texas, like 40 other states, does not allow same-sex couples to marry.
Still need a gift for the mom in your life? Try appealing to her five senses. These gifts are easy to carry out last-minute, and will not only brighten her day, but also help calm her whenever she needs to de-stress.
On Mother's Day -- and every day -- I am reminded of how important it is to listen to mothers in the developing world, share their stories and be a partner in their struggle for human rights
Every year I am a mother. I am amazed at how much wisdom my own mother has, and how little I actually know. I am overwhelmed by the sacrifices she made, the energy she continues to have and the work she made look so effortless.
Let's consider, shall we, some of The Guilt Trip's cinematic mother-son precursors, and how their various mammeles stack up on the scale of believability.
I am a mother, a step-mom, and a daughter, and it's funny how becoming a mother myself has made me appreciate just how much my own mother has given me over the years, a delightful bouquet of gifts -- life lessons large and small.
Zoe begins most mornings feeling tired, and my perpetual mom mantra is to encourage her to keep moving -- to just "try" and "do her best." These are lessons I try to internalize, too.