Mom Moments

The Revised Job Description for the Role of 'Mom' – Parents Article

Remember when our daily mom-tasks were fairly straightforward? We packed lunches, folded laundry and tried to keep the house generally tidy. These days, with everyone at home, our job has taken on a few unexpected roles, such as: This is only a snippet of a Parents Article written by kristi.york@mabelslabels.com (Kristi York) Read Full Parenting Article

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Hey Mama, Don’t Forget About You Right Now – Parents Article

I feel like it was not long ago that I was happily making the effort to introduce new and effective ways to better myself, for me and my family. I did yoga on Wednesday nights and if I missed a class here or there, I forgave myself for choosing much-needed rest instead. My family was eating healthier by taking the time to cook meals from scratch on the weekends. I took solo walks with my dog. And every day I…

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My Only Child Won’t See Another Kid For Months. Here’s What I’m Doing About It – Parents Article

I can’t count how many times I’ve heard “mom, mom, mom” in the last hour, let alone month. When we decided to have an only child, we assumed he’d always have plenty of interaction with other kids. We never anticipated that the three of us would be isolated in our home for months on end. This era of social distancing means that our son will not have in-person visit with another child for an undetermined amount of time. I know…

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My Husband’s Vasectomy And What I Wasn’t Prepared For – Parents Article

Every vasectomy begins with a conversation. My husband and I knew we were done having kids, one and done was always what we wanted, and after our first child that thought never wavered. Our family felt complete. However; how we were going to move forward hadn’t yet been discussed. When I broached the subject of a vasectomy, I did so cautiously. I was concerned he’d act like I was sending his member to the guillotine. Luckily for me, it was…

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The Downfalls of Attachment Parenting – Parents Article

I am sitting in an airport lounge. Without my kids. It’s cold and flu season. One of the twins might be suffering from appendicitis (or a bad pizza). Schools are on strike. And as I write this, my daughter will be waking up and coming to my bed to discover I’m not there, for the first time in her life. I can’t imagine the scene that will follow. I am a bad mom. Leaving her behind isn’t something I worried…

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10 Holiday Self-Care Tactics You Might Actually Be Able To Achieve – Parents Article

In his classic song, Andy Williams sings “it’s the most wonderful time of the year,” but that’s likely because he’s not a mom putting every last ounce of energy into trying to make the whole experience magical for everyone. Andy has a point, though – the holidays are supposed to be a special and memorable time with the people we care about. The challenge is, how do we avoid getting bogged down in the to-do lists, stresses, obligations and extra…

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New Mamas, There’s No Shame In Sharing – Parents Article

I’ve become one of those moms. The kind that gobbledygooks her day’s worth of drama upon meeting you. Remember being the brand new mom on the playground? You were so caught up in looking perfect, with your brand new stroller, matching baby outfit and blankie, your little one all camera-ready in their Snuggle Me. Fast forward seven years, and the first thing to come out of your mouth is how you can’t wait to get home so you can start…

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How to Support a Friend Through Miscarriage, Stillbirth or Infant Loss – Parents Article

The day my best friend called to tell me that her baby had died is etched into my memory. We’ve been friends since we were four years old – raised our Cabbage Patch Kids together, took the babysitting course side by side, and grew into young women who sometimes wondered what life might be like if we had kids of our own one day. In all our years of friendship, we never imagined the day when her baby would become…

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There’s No Timeline For Your Grief – Parents Article

The month of October has been designated as National Pregnancy Loss & Infant Loss Awareness Month.I had a miscarriage soon after my first child was born. My loss was accompanied with some guilt, too – finding out I was pregnant while caring for a newborn left me horrified. But, I quickly adjusted to the thought of my “Irish Twins” and was devastated when I miscarried. Then came the guilt. How could I have initially greeted this pregnancy with such little…

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One Mama Wrote Strict Rules For Visiting Her Newborn. Here’s My Problem With Them – Parents Article

I came across this image on a few Facebook mom groups recently. A new mom wrote this set of rules for anyone visiting her newborn in the hospital and it went viral. The public reaction to it seems to be generally similar: Good for her for defining her boundaries and setting expectations. My reaction, however, was not as warm and fuzzy as that of other mamas. Why? Well, frankly the letter made me react like this:

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