I’m not “Cloth Diapering Mom” anymore

When my twins were babies, I used cloth diapers. Our decision to use cloth was based primarily on the fact that we were poor and diapers are expensive. For the first 6 months, I used the cheapest cloth diapering option out there: prefolds and covers. But I didn’t mind. In fact, I thought the cloth … [Read more…]

How to feel like a better mom in six easy steps!

By Annie Turner, Core Writer 1. Be conscious of your personal appearance…Mainly by neglecting it. If you shower infrequently and rarely take the time to apply makeup (much less put on clothes with actual buttons and zippers) you will successfully lower everyone’s expectations. That way, when you sporadically decide to brush your hair and apply … [Read more…]

Dear Mom-I-Was-Five-Years-Ago

By Breanne Davis, Core Writer Dear Mom-I-Was-Five-Years-Ago, In the last 4.5 years, I have changed and adapted in so many ways it often feels like my parenting style is completely different since I was you. I get it—it was hard. You did your best. I am still proud of the end results despite some difficult … [Read more…]

How I’m FINALLY learning to trust my gut

A mother’s intuition is born the day her first baby comes into her life, but the intuition is like the baby itself: new, fragile, and in need of nurturing. My intuition and I have had a tenuous relationship over 9 years I have been a mother. Sometimes we get along, working together in harmony, doing … [Read more…]

A thousand gold stars

By Sarah Rieke, Core Writer I remember being seventeen years old and sitting in my high school psychology class. My teacher was sharing about her second birth experience. She was nearing retirement age but even several decades hadn’t eroded her vivid memory of the details. She described how she had taken a hypnobirthing class to … [Read more…]

Confession: I can’t stand breastfeeding

By Brett Baker, Core Writer If I got paid for each minute I spend breastfeeding, I’d be able to buy, like, three Anthropologie stores. I could hire a personal chef. I could definitely hire a full-time maid. I thought this each and every time I sit down to nurse my babies. I daydream about all … [Read more…]

The day I taught my son the F-word

By Brittany Meng, Creator and Editor of Mothering Beyond Expectations Teachable moments. You know the ones–they come up out of nowhere and scare the living daylights out of you. “Mommy, is there a bad F-word?” My heart stumbled. I cocked my head at my first grader. “What do you mean, honey?” “Some kids in my … [Read more…]

Trying something new: It’s not just for my kids

Last September, I sat at the kitchen table with Isaac for an hour.  Every night.  To do 6-10 math problems.  It was so frustrating. Every night it was the same thing.  Crying.  Complaining.  Ranting.  Refusal.  Avoidance. After about 45 minutes, I would convince him to just try one problem.  After he tried, he realized that he … [Read more…]

When you feel like you are just surviving Motherhood

By Brittany Meng, Creator and Editor of Mothering Beyond Expectations “I feel like I’m just surviving. And I hate that. I want to feel like I’m thriving in motherhood, not living for nap time or just trying to make it through the day.” It was an all-too-familiar post in a moms Facebook group. In fact, … [Read more…]