Breastfeeding, Formula Feeding, and Saying Yes to Opportunities

Aug 9, 2014 by

Emily and I were on NBC30 yesterday to discuss World Breastfeeding Week; you can check out the video here.

In my post this week, I discuss some further thoughts I had about breastfeeding vs. formula, our mission of non-judgment toward the parenting choices of others, and about how I almost passed up the opportunity to go on the news to discuss this topic because of my overflowing case load at work.

I can’t figure out how to embed the link to YouTube directly, so please go here for my exciting video post!  I can barely use my iPhone, let alone YouTube, so I can’t guarantee much in terms of the quality of your viewing experience.

 

Oh yes, you will be judged. Here’s how to handle it.

Jul 27, 2014 by

If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you know that CTWM is a judgment-free zone, much like a certain fitness chain you may be familiar with. We preach from the gospel of “thou shalt not judge thy fellow mama” around these parts, and we try to practice what we preach. And blog about it.

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Does this look non-judgmental?  How about now?         [image credit: Microsoft Images]

 

However, what we don’t often talk about is the other side of the coin: what do you do when, inevitably, despite all your best efforts to practice non-judgment, in hopes that other moms afford you the same courtesy, someone makes a catty comment about your parenting? Because oh yes, mama, someone out there is going to judge you at one point or another. And that sucks, for those of us quite earnestly taking the high road with our vows of non-judginess. But does one judgment warrant another in return? I think not.

Dead at Forty

Jul 18, 2014 by

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I was so sick of everything the other day, that I just told myself that I would end my life upon reaching 40 years old, if I did not use the roughly four and a half years between now and then to get my life in order. That was it – things were either going to change, or I’d just be dead.

It was kind of funny, but kind of not really funny at all. Actually, after the thought went through my head, I felt my stomach turn and my breathing grow shallow. In my mind, I was making this extreme statement as a way to motivate me to lead a healthier, more productive, and more meaningful life. But my body knew better than my mind what was really going on; what should have been an inspiring moment was really just the most awful feeling. I tried to laugh it off as something too stupid for me to actually follow through on, but in reality, I was afraid that I meant it. And that I wouldn’t meet the terms of my bargain with myself, and that unfortunately I would end up pulling the trigger on the whole deal—literally.

Awesome Working Mom Tip: Be a Hub for Your Community

Jun 28, 2014 by

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Are you a mom who works in a profession that requires you to be a rainmaker, expand your company’s network and influence, or develop a reputation as an industry leader?  Better yet, are you an entrepreneur of some kind?  If so, there is a powerful way to leverage your role as a parent in your career development:  become a hub in your community, the centralized force with which others continually seek to connect.

Thoughts of a mom of young kids watching her niece graduate from high school.

Jun 20, 2014 by

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Last night I attended my niece Sabrina’s high school graduation. Being a mom of two girls aged 2 and 4, it’s not often I get to blog about a direct experience in teenager-related milestones, so I thought this would be a fun opportunity for me.

I think the last high school graduation I attended was that of Sabrina’s older brother, Shaun, four years ago. And just like last time, I was 45 minutes late. That’s ok, because I arrived just in time to hear the faculty speaker, who was interesting and funny. And then they got right into the awarding of diplomas, all 300 something of them.

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