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Motherhood Mix Issue 004

The Motherhood Mix Issue 004

Well, Mother’s Day 2020, I don’t know what to say about you. I don’t know if it was the sleep deprivation from my youngest keeping me awake until around 3:30 AM or if it’s just everything going on in the world, but today brought with it a few tears. Maybe most of it was grief over the fact that I was thinking (and hoping) this would be over by now and the weight of the worry and responsibility would have lifted. How wrong I was.

I really hope you were able to grab a few quiet moments to yourself today. 

I also want to honor everything you do for your family. Moms have always been superheroes, but I think our powers have been supercharged over the last few months. 🦸‍♀️

A big warm welcome to our new subscribers! Thanks to you, we’ll be donating $25 to the National Domestic Violence Hotline!

I’ve been doing some thinking about how to improve this newsletter. Since I really don’t want this to be another email that takes up space in your inbox, we’re going to mix things up a bit in the Motherhood Mix. 😉

Get some rest, mama!

🌷 Jessica

➡️ Here’s a chance for you to share your opinions about being a working mom during a pandemic (and a way for us to learn more about you). For every response collected, we’ll be donating $5 to Together Rising to help families affected by the pandemic and the economic fallout resulting from it.

Childcare

What to do if you need childcare

With all of the demands being placed on working moms right now, many are beginning to search for more permanent childcare. If you’re one of them (like me), here are some ideas for you:

  1. Ask neighbors for recommendations. Maybe someone knows of a high school/college kid who’d be willing to help out.
  2. Check with former daycare teachers. If they are not available, maybe they know someone who is.
  3. Look into nanny sharing with another family nearby. Be sure to agree with the other family and nanny on how strictly each will limit their exposure to COVID-19 and what precautions you will take.
  4. Post on Care.com, Sittercity, etc or join a local babysitter and nanny Facebook group in your city/town. Most can be found by searching for your local area/city name and “nanny” or “babysitters.”
  5. Check out one of these services to see if they have operations in your area.

Events

Have you heard about Mother’s Monday? This inaugural event is being held the Monday after Mother’s Day (May 11th) and will focus on redefining the relationship between motherhood and work. I know that’s something every one of us wants to see happen! Here are more details and a list of free online events. For even more, here’s a Forbes article written by one of the advisory council members.

I just signed up for an online course for working parents called Make it Through May. Topics include: (1) micro-self-care; (2) time management; (3) kid activities (by age and stage); (4) your career; (5) breathing to avoid burnout; and (6) discussion prompts for community connections. If you’re interested, the cost is $29.

Interesting Finds

Are you finding yourself repeating the same 3 sentences when your kids aren’t listening? If so, you might want to mix it up with one from this list of 20 positive phrases to refresh your standard parenting dialect and (maybe) get your kids to listen. 

If current events have made you realize that your employer isn’t as “family-friendly” as they claimed, The Muse has your back. They’ve rounded up 8 companies they say are great for working parents and are hiring now.

If you’re just barely keeping it together right now, you’re certainly NOT alone. Try one of the 24 easy hacks to help you feel better (almost instantly). I didn’t realize how much looking up actually lifted my mood!

My new friends at Hello Happy Parent had me thinking how would things be different if I scheduled some 1-on-1 time (or 2-on-1 time) with my girls before I started working for the day? Maybe that would limit the “hey mom” interruptions. Or, at least space them out to every 10 minutes?? 🤷‍♀️

Something to Ponder

I’m going to try to get back into a routine of waking up before my kids to have some time for myself. I thought it would be nice to share a weekly journaling topic in case you’d like to join in.
 
What gives me hope about the situation we’re in? What can I feel grateful for right now?
 

Quote of the Week

“There is no one way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.”

~ Jill Churchill

Laugh of the Week

My bff send me this one today. Unfortunately, I feel more like the little girl than the mom. 🙃

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