It’s Not a Competition – Contributor Post for Portland Mom’s Blog

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I’m gonna be honest. There are moments of each and every day when I do not feel like I’m good enough. The voices I allow in my head tell me that I will never be, have or do what others seem to succeed so easily at. The blogs I read, the Facebook posts I see, […]

Making Max: Overcoming Obstacles and the Moments of Motherhood – Jen’s Story

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My eleven-month-old son Max is taking quite a long nap. It’s giving me the opportunity to do some admittedly long-overdue spring cleaning. I started in our bedroom but ended up in the bathroom, staring at our horribly disorganized closet. My hands are full of yet more stuff to cram in there. I look at the […]

Love is a Choice – Summer’s Story

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Even though I have been a mother for over 17 years, I still smile and feel the wonder of what it means. You see, I never really longed for motherhood. I was not the girl on other families’ speed dials for babysitting services. When I did babysit, I just ate snacks and barely tolerated the […]

Doing the Best You Can with What You Have – Sarah’s Story

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I was born in 1984. Glass ceilings were being established, and bras had stopped burning. My mom wore shoulder pads, huge rose-colored rim glasses, and worked in one of the largest accounting firms in my hometown. She had an AA degree and a car she had paid for all on her own. She also waited […]

The Difference a GOOD Foster Mother Makes – An Unnamed Mother’s Story

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My parents divorced when I was nine years old after being separated for eight. I am the middle child of three children. My older sister was eleven, and my little brother was eight when our parents divorced. In June of 1997 on Father’s Day I told my father that I was moving in with my […]

5 Reasons Why Millennial Children Want Independence – Guest Post by Patricia

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“To ask nothing, to expect nothing, to depend on nothing,” is how American author Ayn Rand described freedom. One of the greatest life aspirations of most children is independent living; free from curfews, scheduled chores and parental supervision. In a recent study, millennial children (growing up around the turn of the new millennium) are considered […]

Wildflower Movie Review and Giveaway!

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This week I was given a free copy of the movie Wildflower to review, and another copy to give way here. Although it doesn’t have a direct motherhood message, the plot sounded interesting to me because of my desire to help women heal from the shame and hurt of their pasts. Movie Background Chloe is a […]

Motherhood is Like Living in a Foreign Land – Casady’s Story

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The night my first child was born the nurse handed him to me, pointed to a call button on the wall, and left the room. I was in a foreign country, recovering from an emergency c-section, with a strange creature in my arms and painful nipples. I could barely manage to drink from a glass […]