If there is a mother on the planet who hasn't felt slammed by fatigue, I haven't met her. And if a mother says she hasn't ever been tired, she's clearly an alien or been drinking society's Kool-Aid—you know, the kind that tells women that admitting they're tired is a sign of weakness. A REAL MOM'S DAY My day starts like this: rise at 6 AM., shower, eat breakfast, remind m … [Read more...] about Moms Tired and Happy?
I roar at him in the dog voice. It comes from deep within; from way down low in the belly as if coming from another being, another species even. Immediately I am sorry and I look down at his little face, innocent in so many ways but now in one less. I hold him and tell him I’m sorry and I want to somehow erase in our collective memories that bellowing voice. MY MOM I tell … [Read more...] about I Yell: I Roar at Him
Gwen has gone back to work part-time after six years at home with our boys. Noah, age six, couldn’t be happier with the extra Daddy-time, but for Benji, age two, it’s an adjustment. This past Sunday was our first full day without Gwen. Noah and I were setting up a puppet show when I realized Benji was no longer in the den. Last I had seen, he was arranging his Schliech farm a … [Read more...] about Now It’s Daddy Time
The popular stereotype of woman suggests that she is easily influenced by the opinions of others and victimized by her role as a mother. This tired stereotype of mother as victim does not match the experience of real mothers. A woman is transformed by the experience of becoming a mother. Mothering unlocks in her an instinctual intelligence that generates confidence in her own … [Read more...] about Powerful Woman as Mother
Peggy O'Mara launched peggyomara.com today, an independent, investigative website for natural families and all those interested in healthy living and social justice. Watch the Video. Text of the video is below. TEXT OF THE VIDEO Hi. I’m Peggy O’Mara., the former editor and publisher of Mothering magazine and mothering.com I bought Mothering in 1980 because I wanted … [Read more...] about Peggy O’Mara’s New Site
Are there any other moms out there besides me up for changing Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Eat, Pray, Love” mantra to “Eat, Pray, Sleep”? This feels more appropriate for moms caught in the pursuit of peace and happiness, no Bali in our crystal balls, and running around like pet gerbils to make spaghetti dinners, help with homework and organize sleepovers. Let’s be real, a mother who … [Read more...] about Mom: It’s Eat, Pray, Sleep