A Guide to Other Mothers. 11 Stereotypes From Tiger to Too Cool

Thank you Babble, for sharing this. I simply had to do the same and pass along to all you out there. Especially Newbie Moms. And that means all you Empowered Moms out there (Newbie or not)!

To all you Newbie-Moms.  Be afraid. Of all the Moms out there who have it ‘all figured out’.  Because, guess what?  They don’t.  And if they say they do, they’re lying.

Here’s some of the Moms you, no doubt, will come in contact with.  A a few tips to identify the species…. good luck on your wild-life hunting.

1. SANCTIMOMMY

Spawned on anonymous internet message boards, the Sanctimommy thinks she’s got it all figured out — and she’s pretty sure you don’t. Whatever her parenting beliefs and behaviors may be, they’re better than yours, and she’s sure to let you know it. Steer clear if you’re feeling thin-skinned.

5 ways to tell if you’re a sanctimommy»

 

 

2. TIGER MOM

11 Mom Stereotypes - Tiger MomTo the Tiger Mom, childhood is about work now, play later. She takes her kids’ futures seriously and won’t let anything get in the way. Her kids are definitely going to be more successful than yours. If the Tiger Mom’s kids are busy working, she could be a good option for socializing … as long as you don’t mind the sound of the whip cracking in the background.

Battle hymn of the tiger mother: Is it a battle you need to fight? »

3: POWER MOM

11 Mom Stereotypes - Power MomPower Mom’s into success, too — her own. If you see her around, she’s likely to be dashing in and out on her way to something much more important than the likes of you. Is she proud about her Very Important Position or does she wish she could just chill out with the coffee moms after drop off? Probably both. Don’t be offended if she breaks plans; it’s not personal.

The billionaire mom’s club »

 

10 Ways To Achieve an Empowered Work-Life Balance

My friend, Rene Syler at Good Enough Mother has a terrific posting this morning on achieving a Work-Life Balance.

Most of us working moms know that managing a full-time job outside the home as well as a family is a challenging task if ever there was one. This is especially the case in this day and age where the workday continues long past 5pm.

Yes, as many of us have realized, we’re “on-call” more than we planned to be these days. With technology allowing employers access to employees 24/7, it’s harder than ever to achieve the proverbial “work-life balance.”

That said, there are some tips and tricks that we can use to ease the burden somewhat and allow us to have that much-needed balance and maybe, just maybe, a little bit of “me time.”

Following are 10 things you can do to make your life easier, Good Enough Mother style!

Here’s An Empowered Thought: Everything I needed to know about life, I learned from 8 years of blogging.

There is a great new post over at Mommy Needs Coffee.  This is one of my favorite blogs to read each day. Jennifer’s writing is always edgy, sometimes saucy – and frequently a guilty pleasure for me.

She has a fun post entitled,Everything I needed to know about life, I learned from 8 years of blogging. (No, not really but kind of a catchy title, no?)

I like almost all of the reasons.  Some are better than others.

Take for example Reason # 6 – I couldn’t agree more.

Why I Love (I Mean Hate) Working From Home – An Empowered Story

After my son, Andrew, was born, I faced a question as fraught as formula versus breast milk. Could I climb the career ladder in sweatpants?

It started when an acquaintance questioned why I was sending Andrew to day care. “But you’re a writer. You can work from home,’’ she said. “You

wouldn’t need child care!’’ For a nanosecond, my heart fluttered. I could be a stay-at-home-working mom! I’d stroll with other moms, then toil while he napped. We’d play until dinner, and then I’d work all night —leaving just enough time to take a quick shower and go insane.

Moved by devotion to parenthood and career, I seduced myself into thinking I could be mom and employee at the same time. Working from home seemed like just the answer. And it was the answer, thanks to increased flexibility and no commuting time. But I didn’t give up my day-care slot. I couldn’t nurture a career and a baby, so I cobbled together an arrangement that (usually) suits me: I’m a work-at-home mom. Andrew attends care part-time, and my mom helps part-time. My office wardrobe is culled from the Kurt Cobain collection and I go hours without speaking to humans. Most days, I’m happy.

“Good Enough” is the New Perfect for Empowered Moms

Today’s Empowered Moms are constantly re-evaluating what it means to “have it all” and creating new ways to balance family and work.

“The Mommy Wars” of the past decades, which pitted stay-at-home mothers against those in the workforce, have changed. There’s less camaraderie now between women in both camps and more isolation as mothers have such varied lives, both at work and at home.

A Mother’s Prayer by a Famous Empowered Mom

I love writing. And writing well. It’s sort of like crafting a good recipe and meal.

I love to read good writing almost as crating it myself.

So when I came across Melody Godfred’s blog, Write in Color, it was like finding an old friend.  If you love good writing – go here – often.

When I checked in with Melody this morning, I was happy to find a brilliantly written Mom’s poem by none other than Tina Fey. Talk about an Empowered Mom!

So with props to both Tina (for the writing) and Melody (for the sharing), I want to make sure my peeps get a chance to enjoy this little treasure.

A Mother’s Prayer for Its Child By Tina Fey

First, Lord: No tattoos. May neither Chinese symbol for truth nor Winnie-the-Pooh holding the FSU logo stain her tender haunches.

21 Easter Facts You Didn’t Know.

So given that it’s Good Friday, here’s some good clean fun!

This Easter Holiday, while you’re celebrating with your family and having fun with the kiddos – here’s some Eggs-cellent Easter Facts to fill your baskets.

Fill more than just your kids’ bellies – fill their minds by empowering them with some sucrose-laden Holiday Fun.

Can You Say Sugar Rush!

Easter is the second most important candy-eating occasion of the year for Americans, chowing down 7 Billion pounds of candy in 2010, according to the National Confectioners Association.

In 2000, Americans spent nearly $1.9 billion on Easter candy, while Halloween sales were nearly $2 billion; Christmas, an estimated $1.4 billion; and Valentine’s Day, just over $1 billion. In 2010 we gobbled up 8.2 BILLION dollars in sweets–so much for improving the American diet!

Peter Rabbit Stew. Is The Holiday Bunny Cooked In Your House?

Here comes Peter Cotton Tail… hopping down the commercially over-exploited holiday trail.

And here’s the problem with the furry little critter…my second grader is about to make stew out of the whole Easter Bunny concept.

Well, it’s more like the connection between Jesus and the brightly colored eggs.  He’s 8-going-on-lawyer and is building his supporting arguments.  Questioning, Questioning, Questioning.  And the jury is out for him on this one.

But the big bunny isn’t the only fictional childhood character in the hot seat, just this past Christmas, Santa was called to the witness stand.  Since I wasn’t prepared with my closing argument as counsel for the defendant in this childhood-character-courtroom-drama, I did what any responsible parent would do, I simply countered, ‘what do YOU think?’