Letting My Daughter Make Her Own Choices (Even When This Makes Me Cringe)

Oct 29, 2014 by

Last year my then 2-year-old decided to be an electrician for Halloween (like her daddy). I was over-the-moon about this! Working in the field of women’s rights, I know that girls are often steered away from non-traditional jobs/fields even though they are more likely to provide higher wages and better economic stability. So when my girl picked electrician as her choice of costume I got on board immediately. I ordered her a tool belt and construction hat and she even wore some safety glasses. She loved it and I beamed with pride thinking of my little girl bucking gender stereotypes at such a young age.

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Why I’m Teaching My Daughter About Media Literacy

Oct 23, 2014 by

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I’m willing to bet that every single American woman has struggled with negative self-image. We see media images everywhere that reinforce dangerous ideas about beauty (that we should all be white and unrealistically thin). We’re told that we should be able to snap right back to our pre-baby bodies because hey, Kim Kardashian and all those other celeb mamas did. We are constantly bombarded not only by visual representations of what our society thinks we should look like and be like but we get it from every form of media (radio, print, websites).

Hugs Not Judgement {Special Photo Edition}

Oct 6, 2014 by

Here at CTWorkingMoms we believe in the importance of non-judgement. You do what’s best for your family and I’ll do what’s best for mine and we can still love, respect and even appreciate our differences. That’s the premise behind our Campaign for Judgement-Free Motherhood.

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We’ve talked a lot here about how we can all work towards being less judgmental – towards other moms and just in general. The first step is simply to recognize when we’re judging someone – you know, like when we see a child having a tantrum in the store and our first thought is ‘why isn’t that mom getting her kid under control??’ {GUILTY} One really powerful practice in working towards judging less and loving more is to follow up that judgmental thought with an opposing positive thought.

What If We Loved Everyone the Way We Love Our Children

Oct 2, 2014 by

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. The love we have for our children is like no other love we’ve experienced. Why is it that it’s so much harder to feel that same way about the people in our everyday lives? Can you imagine what it would feel like to walk around loving others in the same way we love our children?

Unconditional Love & Patience

When it comes to our kids we feel love easily. Even when they’re being a pain, whining about something for the millionth time or doing something we’re not thrilled with, we love them wholeheartedly. Our opinions of them don’t change based on their bad behavior because the love we have for them is truly unconditional.

Can you imagine what it would be like to love, accept and be patient with the people we encounter every day? We’d feel more peaceful, connected to others and our relationships would be much improved.

Craving a Better Balance

Sep 26, 2014 by

Lately I’ve been thinking about how much I’m on the computer. The internet more specifically. I was away for a week recently and while I had my phone, I didn’t use a computer the entire time. I felt different. More relaxed, less anxious.

I’m on the computer a lot, every day. The first thing I do when I wake up is check my email. I use the computer at work all day and then in the evening spend time working on website related stuff, checking in on Facebook and checking my email. I’ve played around with setting up boundaries for myself around my internet use. For instance, I’ve been trying to tell myself that I won’t check my email or social media after 7:30 p.m. in order to give myself a better balance. The evenings that I successfully stay off the web I find that it’s easier for me to go to sleep and I wake up less anxious the next morning.

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