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What To Expect When You Are No Longer Expecting

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What To Expect When You Are No Longer Expecting

The world is full of advice for pregnant and about-to-deliver mommies. From books to blog posts to friendly neighborhood chit chat, pregnant women and those on the verge of delivery have numerous information sources when it comes to figuring out what the hell is happening to their bodies and how to cope with those changes. But what about after they’ve delivered the baby? Where are the books and blog posts and neighborhood chit chat talking about the extreme and sometimes frightening changes taking place both with women’s bodies and their relationships with their babies and others? They’re few and far...

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How to Stop Thinking About Something That's Bothering You

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How to Stop Thinking About Something That's Bothering You

Dwelling on something unpleasant will drag you down and keep you stuck. Use this strategy to get some relief. There's a strong connection between the way you think and the way you feel. And it goes both ways. The way you think affects your emotional state and your emotional state affects the way you think. When you're feeling sad, for example, you look at the world through a gloomy lens. You're more likely to dwell on the negative, engage in harsh self-criticism, and predict things are going to end poorly. On the flipside, your thoughts also influence how you feel....

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Let's Have a Do-over

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Let's Have a Do-over

I opened the front door of the tiny 400 square foot cabin, where we are temporarily living, walked to the back, sat at the picnic table and pulled my knees to my chest. My head buried into my knees, and all I wanted in that moment was one thing. To hide. My kids ages two and four sat inside. My kids. My two sweet kiddos who were looking for guidance from me. And I was hiding from them. My hands covered my head burying it deeper into my knees, and I imagined they were wondering what happened to their mom...

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Why do we all feel so guilty?

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Why do we all feel so guilty?

Motherhood.  It’s always incredibly intense, with more than a few tears, lots of laughter, and even a little yelling sometimes. It’s completely exhausting, both emotionally and physically, but so, so worth every ounce of pain and discomfort. And to me, one of the neatest things is just how incredibly different we all are. While the tie that binds us is the desire to raise lovely children the way that looks in practice is totally different for each person. And yet, the more we go on, the less those differences matter. Some are focused on being the working mom who loves...

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Strong As A Mother

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Strong As A Mother

I am a mom to two kids. Sometimes it feels like there are 8 of them. I have learned so much about what it means to be a strong woman, a strong mother, and I have often thought about the example that I set for my kids. Especially my daughter.  I have so many things that I want her to learn; 1. The value of independence. You don’t need a man to save you or anyone to take care of you, you learn by example that you are capable of living a full and happy life without having to share...

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