Judging Less Takes Practice – No One’s Perfect

Apr 15, 2014 by

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Throughout our Campaign for Judgement-Free Motherhood I’ve tried to emphasize that for those who see the value in judging other moms less, the way to start is by simply noticing when we’re doing it. From my personal experience, it’s easy to go down a dark rabbit hole of judgment and negativity if I choose to follow those kinds of thoughts and honestly, I don’t like the way I feel when I’m in that kind of head space.

I deeply believe in universal compassion, kindness and seeing the good in other people. But still sometimes I falter. I’ve noticed in the past few weeks that I’ve been judging people more than usual, which I think is a result of some negative stuff that’s been going on in my personal life. It’s definitely harder to let judgmental thoughts go when your mind isn’t in the greatest place.

Read This When You Need a Virtual Mom Hug

Mar 24, 2014 by

In case you missed it, back in early March we held a special day called Moms for Moms Day as part of a collaboration between us and The Bump. It was a day meant to highlight CT Working Moms Campaign for Judgement-Free Motherhood and moms from across the U.S. helped us spread a message of love and compassion by taking to social media. Moms (and a few dads) snapped photos of themselves holding supportive statements for other moms as a show of sisterhood, and the result was simply beautiful.

I made a mental note to myself after that wonderful yet crazy day to visit our Facebook photo album anytime I felt like I needed a pick-me-up. So today I want to share some of my favorite photos from that day in hopes of putting a smile on your face and some extra love in your heart. (We also compiled a bunch of the wonderful blog posts written elsewhere, these will brighten your day too!)

Announcing: Moms for Moms Day!

Feb 20, 2014 by

This past June the bloggers of CTWorkingMoms.com got together for our second photo shoot. The year before a few of us did a post-baby body photo shoot that really resonated with folks and we wanted to follow up with something as equally meaningful. So we decided to focus on encouraging moms to accept and embrace each other and our differences. We believe motherhood should be a sisterhood, where we can find solace and unity instead of negativity and judgment. And so was born our Campaign for Judgment-Free Motherhood and our photo shoot went viral, twice (most recently thanks to an article on HerScoop). It was exciting to see just how much our message of “Let’s Love More & Judge Less” was embraced by you and people all across the world. We’ve seen some pretty awesome moms do their own versions our photo shoot (Moms Uniting Moms & Mom Hearts Pinot) and have seen the link to our campaign shared all over the place.

An Apology Letter on Valentine’s Day

Feb 14, 2014 by

Ladies – I know a lot of you can relate to what I’ve been going through lately. A lack of energy, irritability and a never-ending to-do list can really cause us moms to be too tired after our kids bedtimes, that we basically fall asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillow.  Even worse, we can become distant with our significant others, which takes a large toll on our already strained relationships. That being said, instead of giving my husband a traditional Valentine’s Day card this year, I gave him an apology letter right before bed, with sincere, raw wording that no Hallmark card could ever provide.  

Sweetheart-

I know sometimes I can be irritating and come across as frustrated and distant, but I want you to know that tonight, as I lay beside you, that it is me, Melissa. Tonight, I’m no one else, but the person you married. I am the happy, excited, somewhat quirky woman who married you five years ago.

For Nana.

Jan 8, 2014 by

Editor’s Note: Cora’s grandmother passed away recently and so we’re sharing this beautiful piece Cora wrote back in May to honor her. All of us at CTWM’s send Cora and her family our condolences and love.

Looking at stickers with Lovey Photo credit C. Fuss

Looking at stickers with Lovey
Photo credit C. Fuss

My grandmother (Grandma to me, Nana to my children) is 89 years young.  She is one of nine and falls somewhere in the middle.  She was raised on a farm in Suffield and was one of the first women admitted to Suffield Academy (my great-aunts were the other two).  My grandmother has raised 5 children, 10 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.  And yes, she has had her hand in raising us all.  By the time I graduated high school she had buried her husband, two sons, and one grandchild, my father and sister among them.   One to cancer, one to AIDS, and two to car accidents.  This degree of trauma has done a great deal to fracture our family but yet through it all, my grandmother has remained a powerful and inspiring matriarch.

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