ERICA MCCARTHY: MOM TO MYLES
"1. Becoming a mom has forced me to prioritize my time and also helped me learn to delegate and let go of things more easily. I'm still a workaholic and a social butterfly, but I've carved out more time for my family and myself."
2. Use the opportunity of motherhood to make new connections. I have an amazing community of friends from college and even high school, but have created some awesome friendships through connecting with other moms, like Shahla (who will never be able to get rid of me now)."
AMY SHAPIRO: MOM TO ANNIE
"1. Always challenge yourself! Never just settle for what is easiest - from applying to colleges to anything in life.
2. If you don't ask the question, the answer is always no."
STACEY TAIT-GOODALE: MOM TO BROOKE, LINDSEY, JULIA, + AVA
"Just when you think you can’t - YOU Can - anything is possible with love! AND if that positive self-talk doesn’t work - just look yourself in the face and say - I’m the supreme queen of the universe. I’ve got this!
What do I mean by this? Sometimes as moms we are pushed or push ourselves to do so much; to be everything to everyone. It’s easy to get to the point of wondering if we can really do it all. I learned early in my marriage that I could do way more than I ever thought was possible. In 2000, I married a man with three adorable young daughters ages 9, 7, and 6. We shared 50/50 custody with their biological mom until 6 weeks into our marriage when she fell gravely ill and the girls moved in with us full time. I was a newlywed and now an “instant” mom to three little girls who were worrying about their mom’s health and well-being while adjusting to their lives. There were many times I didn’t think I could be enough for them or do enough for them to help them through the challenges they were facing while their mom was battling health issues. I didn’t have children of my own so didn’t really know what being a mom was all about. There were great and not so great days of being a mom, and on those not so great days I found I was asking too much of myself. I needed to take a step back, take a breath, and do what I could do because that’s enough and I was doing the best that I could. I had to remember to love myself as much as I loved my girls. I can tell you that when your heart is wide open ready to give and receive the love of a child (and in my case - three children) that you CAN do anything thing.
Since our family of 5 wasn’t busy enough, my husband and I wanted to add another child to our family. We were blessed to find out on Christmas Eve in 2002 that we were having twins. Whoa! How can I do that?!? Yep - back to the love thing! :) We lost one twin around Valentine’s Day, which rocked us to the core, but through lots of prayer, 13 weeks of bed rest and steadfast love we were able to celebrate the birth of our daughter, Ava. Ava is that bright shining light that was the final piece to our family.
Mother’s Day is around the corner and it will feel very different this year if we are all still socially distancing. It will be VERY important to reflect and remind yourself - just when you think you can’t - YOU CAN - anything is possible with love."
PHYLLIS JORDAN: MOM TO PHILLIP & ZURI
"Motherhood is a designation which comes from above and with the help of the Lord, I have striven to accomplish 3 things for my children:
1. Unconditional Love and Support - the foundation for a successful life
2. Education - for self-sufficiency
3. Knowledge of God - To light their path
Every mother wants the best for their children and these 3 ingredients are the makings of a wonderful child.
Happy Mother's Day to all persons who are Mothers or serve children in the same capacity!"
ASHLEY THOMAS: MOM TO KENLEY & FARRAH
"Enjoy the little moments. Don’t get caught up in the daily to-do list of life, which is easy to do. The laundry will be there tomorrow, the dishes can pile up, but your babies will only be babies for a short time. Be present. Put the phone down. Get on the floor and play, laugh, and be silly. Take the picture, even if your hair is a mess and you have no makeup on. Love them fiercely and without limits and then do the dishes tomorrow."
HERMIE LEE CHANEY: MOM TO KAIA
"Being a mom is the most loving motivation to be the very best human possible."
EMMA: MOM TO BRODY
"Trust your gut. As a first-time mom, you are often given a lot of different advice. While helpful and kind, it is important to remember that what works for one family may not work for yours and deep down, you know what’s best and to go for it!"
LYNDA DANIEL: MOM TO CHARLIE + ISABEL
"We spend so much time pouring unconditional love into our children while being hard on ourselves. Love yourself unconditionally like you love your little ones. Forgive yourself kindly like you forgive your little ones. And remember that each time we recover from a struggle of our own, we are teaching our children the most important lesson of all: Resilience."
DIANE KARIMI: MOM TO SHAHLA + SHANE
"I taught my kids the four most important things in life are:
1. You can do anything in life if you want it bad enough and work hard at it.
2. You never want to have to depend on someone else.
3. Choose a career that you will enjoy.
4. No regrets."
TAYLOR KARIMI: MOM TO RAELAN
"1. Never be the first to let go of a hug.
2. Don't leave the house without “Nacks.”
3. Just roll with it."
ALISON GALEOTAFIORE: MOM TO EMMA, OLIVER, + MADELINE
"Put in the extra time when your children are very young because you and the children will both be better off in the long run!"
SHAHLA KARIMI: MOM TO MADS JOON
"Mads Joon is only a year and a half so my advice is certainly unproven. I like to let Mads figure out things on his own - I try not to help him unless he “asks” (usually a whine or grunt) for help. I can appreciate rules to keep him safe but in general, I like to let him be uninhibited and explore his surroundings. Everything in the refrigerator (ahem, in sight) is healthy so I let him choose what he wants to eat at least twice a day. If he wants to roll in the dirt, stomp in puddles, play with flour or soap (“showp”), I let him do that and deal with the mess later. If he wants to go through my make-up bag, I explain each product to him. If he wants to try on jewelry, I talk about each piece and the inspiration behind it (he doesn’t understand yet, but it’s a learning opportunity). It’s a hard balance to help him be independent and creative and also implement rules and structure but so far he’s very empathetic, funny, and most importantly curious."
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