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

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 … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

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

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 … [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, … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

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

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 … [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 … [Read more...]

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

"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

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 … [Read more...]

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

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 … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom bc My Birthday’s on Thanksgiving

Its time for this week's "Not a Bad Mom." Don't know about this weekly series, click HERE. This week is written by me, Cristi. I'm not a bad mom because my birthday is on Thanksgiving. I know that sounds funny but I'm actually being serious. My birthday is today. The past several years since being a mom, we've always hosted Thanksgiving at … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Choose to Work

Welcome Tiffany to this week's "I'm Not a Bad Mom Because...." Thursday Series. Don't know about #notabadmom ? Look HERE. I'm sure many of you can relate to choosing to go back to work after becoming a mom. I think Tiffany sums up perfectly how this can feel. Please show her some love today. GUEST POST By: Tiffany, wife, mom to three kids ages 6, … [Read more...]

Big Changes & I’m on the Move

IT'S OFFICIAL... Today I have such great news. I am now an official contributor for Postpartum Progress, the most widely-read blog on postpartum depression and all other mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth.  Postpartum Progress is listed #8 on Babble’s list of the Top 50 Pregnancy Blogs, has been among Psych Central’s “Top 10 … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I Need More than My Baby

Welcome Story to this week's edition of "I'm Not a Bad Mom Because..." Don't know about my weekly series, check it out here. Thank you so much for sharing with us. You are most certainly not a bad mom for taking care of YOU. GUEST POST By: Story, an English teacher turned stay-at-home-mom to a 13-month-old girl.  Story blogs at Sometimes It's … [Read more...]

Beauty in the Breakdown

Robin Farr (www.FarewellStranger.com @farewellstrangr) is one of those people who you meet and instantly find a connection. She has guest posted twice on this blog. Once in April just after taking a leave of absense from work, where she admits to having postpartum depression. Then in June, a follow up about her ongoing journey of recovery. In … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because…So Many Choices!

Welcome Lizz to the NEW blog today for this week's "I'm Not a Bad Mom Because...". <-----If you don't know about the series, click there. I met Lizz at BlogHer this year and she is such a sweet, funny girl. haha! Seriously though, please check out her blog and give her a big welcome. I LOVE what she has to say about being a good mom for her kid. … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Bad Mom Because I had PPD

Uh what!?! Why in the world would anyone think they're a bad mom because of a real and true illness like postpartum depression? Unfortunately when you're trudging through the midst of it, you may not even know you need medical attention. "Feeling" like a bad mom is very commonplace. And that guilt and shame can keep you from reaching … [Read more...]