Each week I share my favorite pieces from around the web along with noteworthy news items relevant to readers.
This week’s Weekly Roundup features some great posts on navigating motherhood–our relationships with other moms as well as those with our children. There are also a few pieces acknowledging the struggles working moms face.
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Thanks for reading!
An Ode To The Mom Nod by Alison Tedford for Sparkly Shoes and Sweat Drops.
Why You Should Read: Solidarity. Sisterhood. Saving you from an otherwise horrifically awkward moment in Target. These are some of the wonderful benefits of the “mom nod,” and Alison Tedford does a great job illustrating just why this little gesture between moms is so important.
My favorite part of the piece: “There’s something powerful about being truly seen in a moment of vulnerability and being acknowledged with support in the sisterhood of motherhood. There’s validation that comes when you’re completely mortified and wishing you were invisible and someone stops to let you know they see you and this, too, shall pass.” YES.
THIS IS WHAT MOMS MEAN WHEN THEY SAY “CHERISH EVERY MOMENT.” by Katie Bingham Smith for Grown and Flown.
Why You Should Read: If you’re a parent of young children, this post will make you want to hug them extra close and just soak in their innocence a little longer. And if you’re an experienced parent, this post will make you feel seen and heard.
Or, as the article puts it: “What they were trying to convey was to enjoy their innocence–it’s fleeting. Be happy that your biggest worry is they might wet their pants in school. Soothing a teething child, or dragging them out of a store for causing a scene is nothing compared to what lies ahead.”
Why I Regret Becoming A Stay-At-Home Mom by Molly England for The Huffington Post.
Why You Should Read: Molly England’s piece is an ode to the sacrifices we make as mothers and proof that the progress we make as moms and humans is not linear. Our choices may change from day-to-day and from year-to-year. Our past doesn’t have to define our future, and our desire to make different choices as mothers does not mean we regret motherhood itself.
Women–even CEOs–still can’t win when it comes to maternity leave by Georgene Huang for Forbes.
Why You Should Read: Georgene Huang’s piece discusses the difficulties even powerful women face when it comes to maternity leave. The issues women CEOs encounter are different from the challenges the average female worker faces, and different still from the experiences of male CEOs. Her perspective is interesting and offers insight into the double-bind these women experience.
To the Working Mama Who Feels Like She’s a “Bad Mom” by Lori Mihalich-Levin for Mindful Return.
Why You Should Read: As always, Lori Mihalich-Levin dispenses sage, practical advice for the working mama who may be struggling with her dual identities as mother and professional. In this piece, she discusses the historical reliance on “alloparents.” According to her post, alloparents are those with whom we share the caregiving workload–relatives and other trusted adults–and they have been critical to raising children throughout human history, a fact rarely mentioned in the usual discussion about mothers in the workplace. Check it out!
Teaching kids that women can work and be moms at the same time by K.C. Willivee for Motherwell.
Why You Should Read: This article hits on how difficult it can be to strike the right balance when trying to model our values for our children. Whether you are a working mother or stay-at-home mom, this piece will very likely speak to you.