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Hope Notes for Moms: First, Take a Breath

Hope Notes for Moms: First, Take a Breath

Dear Mama,

You live such a busy life. There are many demands on your time and energy, not to mention the fears and doubts you might have about being a good parent. With every meltdown and mess from our children, with every snippy interaction with our partners, and with every moment we feel slighted or judged by others, we have a choice about how we want to react. Before you do anything, take a breath. It will help you gather your thoughts, feel slightly more grounded, and slow down the pace. Then, put one foot forward and keep going. You are amazing!

-A mom from New York

Hope Notes for Moms: Our Job is to Listen

Hope Notes for Moms: Our Job is to Listen

My Dear Fellow Mama,

The best piece of advice I ever got as a mother is that my child will tell me what he needs, when he needs it, and what is helpful–my only job is to listen. All the books in the world or pieces of advice from other people or judgments imposed on me by society don’t matter nearly as much as listening to my son. The way he cries, the way he laughs, the way he is quiet, the way he is not quiet–they are all his own unique ways of communicating with me. All I have to do is listen. Listen with my heart, listen with all of me. He intrinsically knows what he needs and I can teach him so much about being healthy by listening to him and showing him how to listen to, and trust, himself.

This has gotten me through all the years of parenting so far and helped me trust my own intuition as a mother in this most sacred of all bonds that is simultaneously incredibly intimidating and incredibly powerful!

~ A Mom from California

Hope Notes for Moms: Believe in Yourself

Hope Notes for Moms: Believe in Yourself

Dear Mama,

Stop worrying! You are doing just fine. There is not a mom out there who hasn’t made mistakes. Learn from them. Being a mom is tough, and you are strong enough to handle this. Don’t stress about what everyone else is doing, what parenting books say, or what others think. You are the mom, you are in control, and you know what your child needs. You are the most important person in your child’s world. That is a pretty awesome place to be. So find those special moments, and hold onto them through the tough times. Enjoy the miracle you created!

Believe in yourself!
~From a mother of three

Hope Notes for Moms: You Are Worth the Time

Hope Notes for Moms: You Are Worth the Time

Dear Fellow Mom,

You are amazing! The time and energy you put into others and all that you do does not go unnoticed. Your fellow moms know what a wonderful multitasker you are, and how you make it look easy.
In the midst of all of your caretaking for others, please remember to care for yourself! You are not as good to everyone else unless you are feeling YOUR best. So do it. Put it in your calendar: One hour of time just for you. Because you are worth it and so much more!

~With love from another mom

Hope Notes for Moms: You Are Worth the Time

Hope Notes for Moms: You Are Worth the Time

Dear Fellow Mom,

You are amazing! The time and energy you put into others and all that you do does not go unnoticed. Your fellow moms know what a wonderful multitasker you are, and how you make it look easy.
In the midst of all of your caretaking for others, please remember to care for yourself! You are not as good to everyone else unless you are feeling YOUR best. So do it. Put it in your calendar: One hour of time just for you. Because you are worth it and so much more!

~With love from another mom

Hope Notes for Moms: The Ringmaster

Hope Notes for Moms: The Ringmaster

Dear Mom,

I hope your day opened with a beautiful smile that fills you with joy just remembering it. Let that smile carry you through the day and lift you up in moments that you find challenging! Parenting is a tough job and there are times when you may feel like you are just the ringmaster in a circus, but there are also moments of which you can be proud, in which you can find absolute delight, and which remind you of all the pleasure and satisfaction parenting brings as well. May your day have enough of those moments to balance out the tougher ones!

~ Your fellow ringmaster, a mom from AZ

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