I am always reading articles and finding great sources of inspiration to help me along in this journey of motherhood. I usually just past them along to friends and family but I thought this would be a good opportunity to pass the gems I find along to you!
One idea that I’ve really settled into after becoming a mom is: community, community, community! My plan is to post a #momcommunitymonday every (you guessed it!) Monday with articles, books, blog posts and the like that have inspired me in one way or the other.
If you’re into this kind of stuff, follow along and pass the links on to a parent who might need a little beginning-of-the-week boost!
Maisonette World is known for their amazing skills in curating the best in children’s brands. I am subscribed to their email list and was sent this amazing article on whether it’s better to have a cool kid or an unpopular one in terms of how it relates to future success. Every mom that I shared this article with enjoyed it and it sparked some really great conversations within my own inner-circle of moms.
One of my best friends wrote a blog post about being a white-passing mother (she is biracial) with a child of color and I considered it great insight.
Have you seen Oh Joy’s kids shoe collaborations with Pons and See Kai Run ? Both lines are absolutely drool worthy and perfect if you are about to redo your kiddos’ closets for Spring/Summer. Both Milly & RJ are growing out of their shoes and I am definitely eyeing some of the kicks in both lines.
While my family and I are Christian (non-denominational), we do not celebrate Easter. I grew up participating in the easter egg hunts and all of that but it was nothing that I held on to too tightly (not tightly at all, actually) when I decided to nix that tradition from my line of parenting. I do, however, love seeing all the really cool|creative|thoughtful easter baskets you amazing mamas are making out in the world and Chris loves Julia has a blog post on really cool easter basket fillers that aren’t candy. I love it.
Both my husband and I have been called Helicopter Parents; by each other, by family and friends. Ultimately, we are ok with that but a NY Times article put “Helicopter” and “Snowplow” parenting into perspective.
As a multi-racial woman and mother, I’ve always focused on finding toys that represent my kids and other POC and/or marginalized groups.
Representation really, really, matters and if you are lucky enough to understand that, it probably means you have seen yourself in popular forms of media and art. For me, it’s problematic for my daughter to only find beauty in an Elsa doll or for my son to think it’s “weird” to be in a wheelchair.
Understanding and inclusion, I believe, comes from contact. Most, if not all, generalizations don’t hold up to contact with the group being generalized.
Toys & books are a good starting place and I love every item on this list.
Olive Paper Doll Kit \\ ‘‘Golden Domes & Silver’ Lanterns Children’s Book \\ Ballerina Jewelry Box \\ Angel Ornament Doll \\ Ali – Maxi Doll \\ Ashlyn Doll \\ Faces From Around The World Matching Game \\ Diverse Abilities Doll Set \\ ‘Love Is’ Children’s Book \\ Mr. Sun & Friends Dolls \\ ‘Jeremy’s Dreidel’ Children’s Book \\ Heart For Hearts Native Doll \\ LEGO ‘World People’ Set