It’s hard to believe that this month marks the one-year anniversary of our post-baby body photo-shoot – I mean where did the time go? In true CTWM’s fashion, we decided that we wanted to do something to commemorate this important anniversary so we chose to tackle a topic that makes our skin crawl – the mommy wars. Last year’s photo shoot was about embracing our bodies and this year’s shoot was about embracing our different parenting choices. Cause seriously people, the world needs more love and less judgment.

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Personally I think the mommy wars were created by the media as a way to pit women against each other and gain ratings and I just don’t want to be a part of that. I am soooo over it. Who cares if some moms choose to homeschool vs. use public schools or if some moms breastfeed and others don’t or if some moms let their kids watch more TV than others? The only choices we have control over are our own. What another mom chooses is her decision – who are we to judge that? And when you really think about it – what’s the point? It feels so much better to treat people kindly with loving intentions than to go straight to a place of judgment. We should be supporting women’s decisions instead of critiquing them and making snap judgments based off our limited knowledge of other people’s situations.

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That’s exactly the message we hope to spread with these beautiful photos taken by Jean at I View Photography. We took on a lot of the issues the media uses to pit mom against mom and reclaimed them with a sense of sisterhood. You make the choices best for you, I’ll make the choices best for me, and while our choices will often times differ, let’s choose to love one another instead of critique. Can you imagine how beautiful the world would be if we all adopted this compassionate attitude?

Let’s end the mommy wars, once and for all, by tapping into our compassion and letting go of our judgments.

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To see all of our powerful photos click here.

Many of my bloggers also felt the need to sound off in the “confessional” we had at the photo shoot. We put together a very powerful video that is worth the watch. Enjoy it and share our message widely.

 

A very, very special thank you to our sponsors. First and foremost to the incredible Jean Molodetz from I View Photography who joined us once again to help make our idea a reality. Additionally, many thanks to The Silver Dahlia, the CT Chapter of NOW, the CT Women’s Education & Legal Fund and my own mom, Beverly Noehren, for their incredible support of our efforts.

Important note: republication of these photos is expressly prohibited without consent from CTWorkingMoms.com. To use our photos please email michelle@ctworkingmoms.com.