Morning Warriors: Surviving the Morning Routine with Children

Morning Warriors: Surviving the Morning Routine with Children

This also means I am Commander in Chief of Operation Morning Routine, and my little soldiers are taking awhile to follow protocol. It’s like playing a game of whack-a-mole between 7 and 7:45 am, once one head is doing what it’s supposed to, the other two pop up, or more accurately, pop OUT of line.

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Moms and Sleep

Moms and Sleep

I would venture to say (very non-scientifically) that becoming a mother may be the biggest risk factor for sleep problems. Think about it – from pregnancy hormones, discomfort, and worry, to the newborn “sleep” cycle totally incompatible with feeling human, to 4-year-olds running screaming into your room at 2 a.m. (oh is that just mine? It’s like a horror movie scene every time), to worrying about your teenage kids not home yet, our children hijack our sleep.

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Feeding Our Children Well

Feeding Our Children Well

Feeding our children sounds as basic and instinctual to parenting as loving them. But from the often surprising struggles with breastfeeding, to the mixed messages around how to be “healthy,” feeding our children has become another land mine of parenting anxiety. Balancing experts and science with reality, I offer ways we can all nurture our children’s bodies without losing our minds.

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Girls and Body Image

Girls and Body Image

I also seize opportunities to talk about how everyone is born with a different body shape and it’s cool that we all look unique. I have even tried my best to shield my girls from watching adored female celebrities in their skimpy outfits, flaunting and glamorizing body shapes unattainable by most. Yet, my 6-year-old said she didn’t want to be fat and my 9-year-old is dissatisfied with being “skinny.” UGH.

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Self-Care: The Great American Lie

Self-Care: The Great American Lie

On Wednesday night, I felt like I had to make a choice: either I respond to my daughter’s emotional needs at the sacrifice of my emotional well-being, or I ignore her to take what I needed. And that’s how it feels – TAKING, which feels selfish, which is against every cultural ideal of how a mother should be.

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