Moments of Motherhood: Just love yourself

This week’s Moments of Motherhood is up at the AM News, and in it I discuss how we need to judge ourselves and each other less when it comes to what we look like after giving birth. I’ve talked about it before on the blog, but I thought I’d revisit the topic for my column this week.

Here’s a excerpt:

Quite recently Hollywood actress Jennifer Garner was congratulated on her baby bump. While she admitted that yes, she does have a baby bump, she was quick to note that she is definitely not expecting. Garner reminded everyone that she has three children, so of course she has a baby bump, and it’s not going anywhere.

You read all the time about supposedly expecting celebrities, with pictures of the suspected bumps plastered all over gossip magazines. That’s the paparazzi’s job: to raise speculation and create hype about whichever star seems to be most popular at the time.

Just like in the celebrity world, assumptions are constantly made about women in “real life.” On more that one occasion I have heard personal horror stories from friends who have been asked by strangers when they were due when in fact they have an eight-month old baby at home and becoming pregnant is the last thing on their minds. [continue reading …]

Moments of Motherhood: Mom Olympics

This week’s Moments of Motherhood column is up at the Armchair Mayor News, and I discuss how parenting isn’t a game, even though sometimes it just seems like all you do is compete. (I’ve discussed this before on the blog here.)

Here’s a snippet, and be sure to click through to Armchair Mayor News to read the rest:

It’s difficult to go through life without competing at least once or twice in a battle of “one-upmanship.” Whether you’re trying to outdo your neighbour for the greenest grass on the block or attempting to best your brother in being the better child, there’s always some kind of competition going on [continue reading …]

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

I’m so lucky to have such an amazing little girl to be a mom for – Isla sure has made motherhood pretty easy on me se far! And, of course, I wouldn’t be the mom I am without learning from my own! In fact, on Friday I won a radio contest that was asking people “How you’re turning into your mother.” I like to think that I’ve adopted all of her great advice and parenting skills, even if they may have come with some silly quirks (just ask Kyle!).

This morning Kyle took the three moms in his life (plus Isla) out for some delicious brunch (save his soul). It was a lot of fun and I’m pretty lucky to have some amazing ladies in my life.

So Happy Mother’s Day to all you lovely mammas and mammas-to-be out there! I hope you enjoyed your day – You deserve it!

Kara, Lori & Isla

Photo courtesy of my MIL!