The Not-So-Perfect Side Of Motherhood We’ve All Been In

A frustrated mother shares her frustration on raising young children as a single parent.

The comments in response to this overwhelmed mom were brutal! As women, as sisters, we need that village around us to help us stand strong when we feel weak. We ALL feel weak and overwhelmed from time to time, and most, if not all of us have broken down in tears at some point during raising our children.
Raising young children, this mom may have undiagnosed Postpartum Depression, or simply be overwhelmed with her current situation. My heart goes out to her as a mom because I know how hard it can get sometimes.
Stay strong mama! You can do it. Reach out for the help you need. Reach out when you’re having trouble. It won’t last forever. It’ll get better.

Moms, where is your village? Are you part of another woman’s village?

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This Sign Was Put Up At A School, Parents Having Mixed Reactions

12734142_10156649341015160_8327685920812100825_nThis was placed in the carpool lane at a school by the Headmaster of that school.  Parents have had mixed reactions about the stance this headmaster took.  What do you think? Do you bail your kids out? Do you think this is a good way to teach them responsibility?  Sound off!

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My Kids Luggage Was Stolen, This Is What It Taught Me

This morning I made the Amtrak trip from DC to NY with my 3 kids to come visit my family. Once we got there, we loaded the luggage in the car. All but one suitcase. My daughter had a suitcase, and got excited when she saw my mother, and let it go. She left it right next to the car. As my dad loaded the rest of the bags, he went around the opposite side of the car. I was busy strapping in the baby’s car seat. So in all of the commotion, we didn’t realize the suitcase was left on the curb. When we did realize it, my parents went back, and the store owner said he saw the bag opened and rifled through, and then it was taken.
While this was an unfortunate experience, mainly because my kids now only had the clothes on their backs, and I had to shop all over for some clothes for our 3 week visit, it felt more of a violation than anything else. I felt like whoever took it, looked inside and saw it was kids clothing, and still took it. I had some things in the suitcase that were not necessarily expensive, but were meaningful to me.
After being initially very upset, I had to come to the realizations that 1. I can’t do anything about it. I prayed we’d find the bag, we didn’t. I believe things were meant to go this way for whatever reason. 2. I had to settle with the fact that whoever took the bag, I hoped needed it more than we did.
I know that sounds really cliche, but let’s be honest, if I sit there upset over a situation I can’t change, what will that help?
I’ve learned to try and see the bright side or the lesson in every situation even if the situation is painful initially. Was I angry? Yes. Did I feel like my kids were violated in a way? Absolutely. Am I over it? Completely. I had to spend quite a bit of money to get them new clothes and underwear, but look at it like this, my kids are safe, happy and healthy. Going through Penn Station with 3 kids in tow, it could’ve been one of those stories where kids vanish even when they’re right next to their parent. It wasn’t. My kids are with me, and that’s the most important thing.
In sharing the story, some people chose to focus on the missing suitcase. I chose to focus on my very present children, and just being grateful that I was in the position to go shopping to replace their clothes. So the lesson I take away in all of this is even through what seems to be negative situations, we can find the lesson, or the bright side in it all. Don’t let yourself get sucked into the situation.

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Moms Don’t Let Their Sons Riot

This video has sparked waves throughout the internet with this mom being hailed as “Mother of the year”.  During the protests in Baltimore yesterday, this mom spotted her son looting and destroying property.  This was her response.  *Warning: Explicit language*

While many of the youth were participating in looting and destroying, what we also need to understand is that these same youth have had all of their outlets taken from them.  Arts programs, music programs, sports programs, etc. All due to “budget cuts”. The youth no longer have the outlets needed to express their feelings, their frustration, their anger in a positive way, and this is how they are choosing to have their voices heard.

Is this correct?  Not at all.  They’re destroying their own communities for lack of knowledge.  Who is teaching them better?  Where are the rest of the parents that should be there snatching up their kids?  How can we teach our kids to do better when we feel like our voices aren’t being heard?

In all fairness, this mother probably saved her son’s life yesterday.  All it would’ve taken was one bullet from a police officer’s gun.  He could have possibly been the next child killed by police that the public would have been protesting for.  Mothers, don’t let your sons riot.  Teach them to affect change by affecting money.  Spend money within their own communities.  Once they see their money being affected is when they will hear our voices.  This was exactly what happened when Martin Luther King Jr. led the boycott of the buses.  When they realized their money was being affected was when they made the change.

We have a voice…We just have to use it the right way.  Teach your children to make a change that will last for their children.

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