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Hope Notes for Moms: Meet Your New Boss

Hope Notes for Moms: Meet Your New Boss

Dear New Mom,

Welcome to the most challenging job you will ever have.  Your new boss is small but loud and has poor communication skills.  You probably already know you love your new boss more than you could ever imagine.  There will be times you think you’re not good enough to work for your new little boss.  The fact that you feel that way means you’re doing your best.  We have all been there, feeling overwhelmed and oh so tired.  Hang in there and remember you will get lots of smiles, kisses and hugs:  the best payment you will ever get.  Best of luck!

 ~ A fellow mom

The Hope Notes for Moms project is a collection of brief messages of support and hope for moms, written by moms. You can find an archive of all the notes here. Most importantly, you can contribute to this project and support a fellow mom by emailing me your own hope note to: hopenotesformoms@gmail.com.

Hope Notes for Moms: Ignore the Crumbs

Hope Notes for Moms: Ignore the Crumbs

Dear New Mom,

Let me guess: you haven’t slept, really slept, in days.  You may have a hair or clothing accessory made from bodily fluids from your new bundle of joy.  You may also be wondering “Is it supposed to be this hard?  Maybe I’m going at this wrong…”  Nope, you’re not!  In fact, you’re probably doing a fantastic job – you’ll know you are when they smile at you or call you “Mama.”  Talk to other Moms – laugh and cry at the challenges and craziness.  Ask someone else to make dinner.  Ignore the crumbs in your car/on the floor/in your bra.  Live in the moment and hope for the future.

~A fellow mom from California

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Hope Notes for Moms: Being a Human Being Will Make You a Better Mom

Hope Notes for Moms: Being a Human Being Will Make You a Better Mom

Dear Fellow Mom,

I want you to know that being a human being will make you a better mom. You don’t have to be perfect. All it will teach your child is how to be a perfectionist. Motherhood is a physical and emotional marathon. You cannot grit your teeth through it; you need to breathe deeply and relax into it, and let it soften your heart and overwhelm you with joy and gratitude. You will have bad days and painful, tired tears. And when you watch your child finally make those steps across the WHOLE room into your arms, you won’t want your life any other way.

​ ~A mom from the Midwest

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Hope Notes for Moms: Wear Uncomfortable Shoes for a Night

Hope Notes for Moms: Wear Uncomfortable Shoes for a Night

Dear Fellow Mom,

If you’re like me, you feel tired almost every day and there is rarely time to do something fun for yourself. Babysitters cost a lot of money and the weeks go by without trying anything outside of the daily routine.
Remember, we all need a night out. And sometimes, we should let loose. Wear uncomfortable shoes, order apps, a cocktail AND dessert, and laugh loudly with our friends. Just because we are moms doesn’t mean we can’t party anymore!

Love,
~A mom from New Mexico who still likes to have fun

Hope Notes for Moms: Tell Your Loved Ones What You Need

Hope Notes for Moms: Tell Your Loved Ones What You Need

Dear Mama,

You are doing such wonderful work, and sometimes you need a break. In a perfect world the people who love you would offer you exactly what you need, but often they don’t know how to help. Don’t be afraid to let your partner, family and friends know what you need. Maybe it’s a morning to sleep in, or an evening out with the girls. Or maybe you just need to skip the bedtime routine one night and take a walk or read a book in your bedroom alone. You deserve all of these things and if you don’t ask for them others might not think to offer.

Take good care of yourself, mama!
​~A mom from Boston​

Hope Notes for Moms: Don’t Forget the Basics

Hope Notes for Moms: Don’t Forget the Basics

Dear Mama,

You do such a good job at making sure your kids are well-fed but sometimes you forget to nourish yourself. We all know that what we put into our bodies is important, but sometimes we get overwhelmed by the pace of life and we don’t feel like we have time to plan our own food. Make sure you eat breakfast and have some healthy snacks during the day. Put some fruit on the counter or bring it to work so you can have it nearby when you get hungry. Try to drink more water and limit the sweets.

This all seems so basic but when life is busy we forget that starting with this foundation will help us face the day with more energy, which will help us in our jobs as mothers.

~ A fellow mom

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