A collection of thoughts, by moms, for moms. We're all in this together.
Mama Next Door: Narmda Kumar
Mama Next Door: Vincia Addams
Mama Next Door: Jeannie Marrugo
Mama Next Door: Lilani Dunn
I'm going to take a bit of a risk with an unpopular opinion but I have found myself being frustrated at some of the enabling of "Mommy Life" stereotypes. From tone deaf memes, to terrible targeted ads received on my IG feed, or comments about why/how I forgot where I put my sunglasses. (Spoiler Alert: I used to lose my sunglasses before "pregnancy brain"). This might be idealistic but if a little more couth, sensitivity, awareness made about what we hit "post" on, maybe more positivity will be absorbed, fewer triggers touched, and empathy/sympathy can be expressed and received versus labeling ourselves as "run-down, forgetful, reality-TV show watching mombies". Not that there's anything wrong with those things, women are just way more dynamic than that.
Mama Next Door: Jessica (Zyla) Owusu-Afriyie
Mama Next Door: Maggie Yates
Mama Next Door: Sheena Selvey-Watterson
To A New Mama From A Mama Who Had Been There: Magda Lasota
In the first #MamaNextDoor post of 2021, I'm sharing my answers to a different set of questions, from the time when my boys were younger, and being a mother 24/7 felt like a struggle. So much has changed, yet it all feels very much like a part of the same book. I've learned that there are seasons in motherhood and I've stopped letting the society dictate what each season should look like for my family.
If you are a new mama in the trenches of motherhood, I hope you'll walk away feeling empowered, seen and filled with renewed confidence in your choices. Here's to hoping that 2021 will bring many more inspiring voices and stories from women just like you and me!