Manual Today I Am a Maam: and Other Musings On Life, Beauty, and Growing Older

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My heart is full. Just Our View From Here is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon. Hi Tammy! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I think they start using the term geriatric at age A lot of women get pregnant naturally at 38, and being fit helps so much during the pregnancy. Congrats on the lb loss amazing job! Let em call you crazy, sometimes you just gotta follow your heart.

Kelly thanks for encouraging women with your story. Great blog! Please email me for more details. Look forward to hearing from you! Hi Cynthia. I do love to encourage other women who are new Moms or trying to conceive, especially over a certain age. Your email address will not be published. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Motherly is waking before the sun rises to start work early, in order to make time for a quiet, smartphone-free evening with your family.

Motherly is holding on to your core identity and being true to yourself as you evolve with motherhood. Motherly is digging deep to live up to what's demanded of you—and what you demand of yourself.

You—the mom Googling how to handle your 9-month-old's sleep regression. And yet, despite our digital connectivity, so many modern mothers talk about feeling isolated and overrun by debates over what it means to "have it all. Before having children I had an illustrious career in consulting advising senior government officials and impacting strategy as the highest level.

I was confident in who I was and the value I brought to my profession. When I met someone new, they always asked what I did as my career and I was proud to share my work.

While I continued to work, I found that the world no longer saw me as an accomplished professional—before anything, I was a mom. Now I was asked what my husband did as his profession, not me. I felt lost—as if I was missing a core piece of my identity and had been put in a box that just didn't fit. Why was it that society saw the characteristics of motherhood as nurturing, loving and caring, without acknowledging that women who are mothers can also be ambitious, driven and confident? And through co-founding Motherly with Liz Tenety I've seen that beyond the fight over women and work and life, we are a new generation of women who don't want to argue but simply desire support to help us live the lives we've imagined.

And so, the time has come to redefine motherhood and with it, Motherly. Being Motherly today is about recognizing that motherhood is an opportunity to nurture—not lose—one's true sense of self. As modern women and mothers, we can be caring and powerful, protective and ambitious, kind and strong. That's Motherly. I never knew so much anger even existed in me until I became a mom. No one told me I would experience any of this—raising my voice in a tone I've never heard before and then feeling incredibly isolated and ashamed because of it.

There are times when I don't even recognize myself after having yelled relentlessly at my kids. It's shameful, embarrassing and humiliating but not yelling is really hard to do sometimes. I grew up in a home where my dad struggled with anger. He yelled often and I repeatedly told myself I never wanted to be that for my kids, and yet here we are.

In the last year, I have tried to focus my response to my kids in high tense moments. I have been in therapy and have read books and used tools to help me in those fuming moments of anger. I've been inspired by Instagram and have done some noyell challenges and have prayerfully and intentionally focused on my emotional response to my kids. Every single time we get in the car the kids fight over where they are going to sit, so I started telling them where they would be sitting before we even got out the door in hopes that it would help.

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In some ways it has helped, but not yesterday. We were running out the door to preschool and I said, "You are behind mommy. You are the middle. You are in the back.

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The neighbors were staring at me. I got the other two buckled and calmly told him, "You can get in the car yourself or I will pick you up and put you in. It is your choice. I picked him up and tried to buckle him, but couldn't. He screamed and kicked and fought. I could feel my anxiety creeping in and wanted it all to stop.

Why is it this hard to get in the car? For me, I have had to practice deep breathing and even removing myself in these moments of irrational tantrums.

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My son was angry and continued to kick and scream, as I tried to get him buckled. I finally told him, "I'm going to hold your legs down until you calm your body down because you're hurting me when you kick and I need to get you buckled. This was at least 10 minutes in and I somehow managed to stay calm the entire time.

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The old me would have responded so much differently. There would have been yelling and lots of tears from him and me; and probably a panic attack too because, for me, anxiety and fear go hand in hand. Isbn Isbn Lccn Other physical details ill.

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