Who Has The Greatest Mom In The World?

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Is your mom the best mother ever? Of course she is — so tell us why.

In honor of Mother’s Day on May 8, The Empowered Mom℠ wants to hear from you on what makes your mom the greatest. Whether you’re lucky enough to still have your mom around or whether she’s passed away, send in your tributes, fond memories and posts about your mom by Friday, May 6, for the chance to win a $50 Target gift card (go ahead, treat your mom to a present).

We all believe – there isn’t a day of the year that mom won’t be special to us! For mom is the one who helps us to overcome all the hiccups, is the one who stood like a rock in our lean and she is the one really means the world to us.

Would You (of Do You) Read This Blog If You Did Not Have Kids?

Good Read from Mom-101

This week, I was minding my own business on the commute to work, picking my nose, reading about the Beastie Boys, daydreaming about cheese, adjusting a wedgie–whatever things you do in the privacy of a packed A-train car filled with anonymous commuters.

As the train pulled up to the West 4th Street station, I felt a hand on my shoulder. I turned to face this young woman with the sweetest smile and a fedora, who I expected to be giving directions to, or thanking her for pointing out that I had dropped my MetroCard. Instead, she blurted out in the brief second before the doors closed, that while she has no kids, she reads my blog.

It kind of made my day.

At least after I nervously replayed my train ride, hoping that she didn’t see me doing something totally embarrassing like knocking over an old lady to grab the last seat.

(But I didn’t. I only do that on the commute home when my feet really hurt.)

What stayed with me all week, though, was the email Kelly sent me later that morning. As I told her, I  think it’s too good not to share it.

This Kiss – This Kiss (with props to Faith Hill)

Royal newlyweds Prince William and Catherine Middleton kissed twice on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in front of family and ecstatic crowds.

The married couple, who officially became the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Friday morning, smiled and waved before thousands of screaming spectators and a worldwide audience of more than 2 billion people as they made the customary post-wedding appearance on the palace balcony.

In the most carefully choreographed of weddings — with every moment planned to the second — the couple’s balcony kiss was the one wildcard, and it did not disappoint. The heir to the British throne first exchanged a short peck with his beloved bride and then leaned in to kiss her again about two minutes later. The Abbey bells rang, the overhead fighter planes hummed and heart-shaped balloons floated above. The crowd erupted in cheers and became a sea of waving flags.

The Bet Behind “Green Eggs and Ham”

Bennett Cerf was the co-founder of Random House.  As part of his duties as publisher, he also had an envious job — he was Dr. Seuss’ editor.   And on March 12, 1957, Random House published Dr. Seuss’ masterpiece, The Cat and the Hat.  At 65 pages, the book is notable not only because of its well-deserved fame, but also because Dr. Seuss used only 225 unique words in writing it.  Cerf was impressed — so much so that he challenged Seuss to do one better.  He wagered that Seuss could not author a book — a meaningful one — using fifty unique words or fewer.

Of Things Related to The Royal Wedding and Things Up Your Nose

I love reading other mom blogs in a seemingly never ending pursuit to find inspiration amongst some of the great writers out there.  So, here is what I am wondering?  As I’m combing through all these posts, why not share some of the really good ones with you?  Yeah, I know – why didn’t I think of that.

So here are some from today:

I don’t care who designed Kate’s dress.

Harper will be six tomorrow, and I have a field trip with Meredith’s class (Chinese Buffet!). Meredith will be eight on Friday, and I have a field trip with Harper’s class (Zoo!). We have two birthday parties scheduled for Saturday and one for Sunday. Things are hectic, but it’s a Happy Hectic.

“Oh! Wait a second,” you may say, “I have noticed a glaring omission in your List o’ Hectic! Prince William! Kate Middleton! Have you no desire to put on a hat and participate in the jollification? EVEN ANDERSON COOPER WILL BE THERE!”

Empowered Information: Why Marriages Take a Nose Dive After the First Child is Born

Along with shopping for sippy cups and strollers, expectant parents may want to consider another task for their to-do list: honing their marriage skills.

Numerous studies have shown that a couples’ satisfaction with their marriage takes a nose dive after the first child is born. Sleepless nights and fights over whose turn it is to change diapers can leach the fun out of a relationship.

Dominick Reuter for the Wall Street Journal

Now, a growing number of mental-health professionals are advising couples to undergo pre-baby counseling to hash out marital minefields such as divvying up baby-related responsibilities, money issues and expectations for sex and social lives. A growing number of hospitals, midwives and doulas (birth coaches who provide physical and emotional support) are teaching relationship skills alongside childbirth education classes.

About two-thirds of couples see the quality of their relationship drop within three years of the birth of a child, according to data from the Relationship Research Institute in Seattle, a nonprofit organization focused on strengthening families. Conflict increases and, with little time for adult conversation and sex, emotional distance can develop.

The Empowered Mom says: What a buzz kill, isn’t it.  Seriously, if that’s not some of the best birth control, then I don’t know what is!  And, by the way — If you have kids, then you already know the information presented in this Wall Street Journal article is NO JOKE.  That’s what’s so frightening.  It’s kinda like we wait and wish and hope and pray for the marriage, family, kids, dog, house…. and then BAM! The reality sometimes, well, sucks. Or rather, its repercussions on some components of our lives flat-out – well…falls flat.

There’s more to come – keep reading.

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.