When I found that April is C-Section Awareness Month, I knew that I needed to share my birthing story. In 2014 I had an emergency c-section with my firstborn . Consequently, I then had a planned c-section with my second born in 2016. Both experiences were like night and day. After my second one, I really thought that I was over the stigma around having c-section… but then I tried to write my story.… Read More April is C-Section Awareness Month. Here is My Story.
We should not have to defend ourselves to each other. We are free (and encouraged!) to make our own decisions, to be inadequately, incorrectly, or even overly informed. … Read More Judgment freeze, if you please
Sunday mornings are, unfortunately, not as relaxing as I would like around my home. Because I chose to raise my children Catholic, most Sundays I’m faced with dragging myself and my children out of bed and heading off to church for mass before leaving them all in their religious education classes for the rest of… Read More Reasons Why I Suck as a Mom (According to my Children)
If you’ve been here for a bit, you know that CTWM’s primary mission, along with keeping it real, is Judgement-Free Motherhood. The second the idea was born and the tag line was added to the page, it felt like home to me. Not that I’ve never judged another mom before (quite the opposite, actually) but… Read More My First Foray into Judgement Free Motherhood
I’m getting a divorce. After many years of being in an abusive relationship, I made the decision to leave. Don’t be sorry; I’m fine. I’ve come to terms with the emotional aspect long ago. At this point, I’m just going through the steps to make it final in the eyes of the law. One… Read More That Time My “Judge Less” Mantra Was Put to the Test
On this blog, we encourage women to “tap into their compassion and let go of their judgments.” Our campaign for Judgment-Free Motherhood focuses on accepting each others decisions regarding parenting choices, but why not take this one step further and apply that compassion and non-judgment towards our children as well. Now don’t get me wrong,… Read More Judgment Free Parenting
Eleven years ago, about two months after my son was born, he and I took a trip to the mall to buy a birthday present for my husband. Other than quick trips to the grocery store and visits to my new mom’s group, we had not left the house much. It was a snowy winter,… Read More Letting Go Of Shame – 11 Years Later
As a first time mom, in my child’s first year of life, I worried about my daughter’s development, eating habits and sleeping schedule. With hindsight being 20/20 and all, I now have perspective more than a year removed, especially after accepting that there’s no one right way to parent. Here’s what I’d go back and… Read More What I’d go back and tell first-time-mom me