I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Chose Not to Breastfeed

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Please welcome Chrissy, today's writer in the I'm Not a Bad Mom Series. If you'd like to share your own story, please see details for submissions here.  As the oldest of six children, I watched my mom closely as she raised my younger siblings. I knew that I wanted to be a mom, so I soaked up everything that she did, in hopes that I would be an amazing mother like her someday. I watched as she … [Read more...]

Ever Feel Like a Bad Parent When you Probably Shouldn’t? Share Your Story.

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Mama guilt is the absolute worst. We all get judged as parents for one thing or another, but more often than not that judgement even comes from within ourselves. Some days I do have to remind myself that I’m not a bad mom, even if I do things that go against the norm for example. So I’m inviting you to think about the things that you do as a parent that you believe do not make you a bad … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Miss Mornings at Home

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I'm so honored to welcome Cheryl today, this week's writer in the #NotaBadMom series. Working moms, I'm thinking this one might hit home. (If you'd like to contribute a guest post to #NotaBadMom, please find details here.) It's a corollary to my working mom existence, one that most people don't recognize until they've had to do some thorough analysis to figure out how my life really works. I … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I’m Not Listening

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Please welcome Kara, this week's guest writer for the "I'm Not a Bad Mom Series". I also often find myself ignoring the screaming for my own sanity, but most of all not listening to the judgmental voices within and without. I think it makes me a better mom too. If you'd like to submit a post for this series, please find details here. I'm currently seeking contributions for September. It’s … [Read more...]

I’m not a bad mom because there’s a dance pole in my living room

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Today I'd like to welcome Alison for "I'm Not a Bad Mom." If you'd like to contribute to this weekly series you'll find details here. And Alison, rock on girl. I have never been more excited to receive such an honest Mother’s Day card from my child (except for maybe last year when he divulged my love of fast food and said for fun I like to go to the grocery store by myself). This mother’s … [Read more...]

I am Not a Bad Mom Because I Don’t Save Everything

Welcome Sarah, today's writer in the Thursday "I'm Not a Bad Mom" Series. If you'd like to contribute as a guest writer for this series please see details here.  I was about 30 years old when my mother gave me a shoe box. This shoe box was filled to the brim with things I had drawn when I was younger, written in school, ribbons and awards, first clip of hair, first tooth lost, and countless … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Don’t Limit Screen Time

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This week's #notabadmom post is by me! If you'd like to guest post for this series and share you're own story of why you are not a bad mom, please check out details here. I'd love to hear from you. If you missed out on the last few weeks, check them out here: Not a Bad Mom I sometimes feel like mama guilt forces us to do (or not do) things that deep down we may not think are necessary. For … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Send My Son to Daycare When I’m Not Working

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Please welcome Kristen for this week's I'm Not a Bad Mom. If you would like to submit your own story, please check out info here. My husband and I both work full-time.  There is no way around that.  We have a mortgage, car loans, student loans, credit card debt...the list of expenses go on before we even get to basic living expenses.  When we started talking children, we eventually came to … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Don’t Have Answers to the Big Questions

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Please welcome Meryl for this week's "I'm Not a Bad Mom" post. I can definitely relate to this one. If you'd like to contribute to this weekly Thursday series, please find more info here. It started with a fish.  A beta fish.  A dead beta fish. As is the case with many small animals, I'm not sure what the exact cause was, but he died immediately after I changed his water. In a quick, … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Switched From Breastfeeding to Formula

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Please welcome Kendra to the blog today for the newly relaunched I'm Not a Bad Mom Series. This series will run weekly on Thursdays and if you'd like to submit a piece, please see details here.  My son was born in April of 2012. When I was pregnant, I was determined to do everything “right”. I knew it wasn't going to be easy, and I knew I wasn't always going to do everything how I wanted but … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Reboot #notabadmom

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I used to have a weekly series "I'm Not A Bad Mom" in 2011/2012. I really liked it but fell out of doing it for various reasons, mostly because I was struggling at the time and stopped blogging for a bit. But I'm bringing it back. I'm Not a Bad Mom Reboot! We all get judged as parents for one thing or another, and sometimes that judgement even comes from within ourselves. Some days I do have to … [Read more...]

Honoring All Mothers, Not Just the Happy Ones.

Please don't forget to join Postpartum Progress today for the 5th Annual Mothers Day Rally for Moms' Mental Health starting tonight at 9pm PT/Midnight ET, one post every hour on the hour. (Mine is at 3am PT/6am ET) Today I honor Mothers. But wait. I know for many, Mother’s Day is not necessarily a happy day. It can be a reminder of struggles and pain. So today I send my love … [Read more...]

You’re not a bad mom. In fact you’re a great one.

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"Keep Calm. You're a Good Mom." In fact, you're a GREAT Mom. You are the PERFECT Mom for your child. Just the way you are. Doing your best each and every day. Even on your bad days. There is no other Mom your child wants or needs. Their love for YOU proves it. Just ask them. … [Read more...]

I’m not a bad mom because I need my fifteen minutes first. #notabadmom

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Today I'd like to welcome Tracie to the blog. I just love this post because we can so easily feel guilty putting ourselves first as moms. But unless we speak up, get our needs met and feel our best, we can't be our best for our families. Don't you agree? :) Thank you Tracie for sharing your experiences with us! Also, just FYI, I'm putting out an open invite the the #notabadmom Thursday series. … [Read more...]

I’m #notabadmom because I’m happy school’s back

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My kids aren't even in REAL school yet, but man I'm oh so happy that school is back in session. Actually this is the first time Ellie (2 1/2) has EVER gone to school and she's only in one morning a week. But I love having a couple hours of ME time! And that doesn't make me a bad mom. My oldest Ronin (almost 5) is now in Pre-K 4 days a week. I still have Ellie during that window but its a … [Read more...]