The Empowered Mom (Maria Luce)- In Action ON CAMERA! Take A Look!

TV is in my blood – Anchor, reporter, spokesperson. Yep, been there, did it – for years.

Still do. It’s kinda like my drug.

Look, here’s the deal:  I’m simply “at home” in front of a camera or a live audience!  LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

And SO many of you have been asking when it will debut – and since video/TV will be a key aspect of The Empowered Mom – I thought I’d let you see a bit.

We are soon unfolding that aspect of The Empowered Mom TV on the main page of the site but thought I’d show you this here.

CHECK ME OUT HERE!  WATCH!

Empowered Idea: Stay at Home Mom Manifesto: Do It For Yourself

I was on the phone yesterday doing an interview for a story when I mentioned that I’m going to be a stay at home mom with Harper, rather than finding another job. The

woman I was speaking with was a well accomplished Manhattan attorney — and mom. “Well, don’t stay home for your kids,” she told me. “They won’t remember. Make sure you do it for yourself.”

She said that when she told her 23-year-old daughter that she’d stayed home with her Saturday nights because she couldn’t bear to leave her, the daughter deadpanned: “That was stupid.”

A reader on MommyMoi recently left me a similar comment: “All I know is that FOR ME, the nine years I stayed home with my children (mainly because of unemployment) were not good. I love being at work, and my children (now 13, 15 and 17) don’t even remember that I was ever home. They understand that I love my job just about as much as I love them. Of course, I was able to arrange my hours so I could be home in the evenings. Most studies I have seen indicate that children benefit most from parents who are happy, so you have to decide what will make you happiest. For me, it was definitely work outside the home!”

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.

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?’