There are many myths of motherhoods, but one that has been perpetuated is the idea that mothers can “do it all”. We can be a full time mom, have a full time career, be a wife, partner, friend, daughter, community volunteer, and more. When you google “working mom”, images of mothers at their laptops bouncing […]
In our western culture, we have come to celebrate the mother who is “bounces back” to her old life as quickly as possible. Instead, what if we redefined success in this postpartum period? What if we celebrated the mother who stays still? In her book, The First Forty Days, Heng Ou writes, “Somehow, a pervasive […]
Cultivating relationships in pregnancy and postpartum Children often make it look easy, but making friends as an adult is actually quite difficult and for busy parents, it can be even harder. I would argue that as a new mother, having access to supportive relationships and spaces to gather with fellow moms is critical in the […]
Classic “advice” for new moms (or moms of young kids). Edited to be actually helpful. Illustrations by Mary Catherine Starr
Amazing illustrations by Mary Catherine Starr, a New England-based graphic designer, yoga teacher, illustrator, and mother of two. Check out more of her work on her personal page. Sometimes a picture (or 8, in this case) is worth a thousand words. Starr illustrates the frustration new moms often hear when receiving (well meaning, but usually […]
Amazing illustrations by Sophie Lucido Johnson, artist, author, and New Yorker cartoonist. Check out more of her work on her personal page. Sometimes a picture (or 6, in this case) is worth a thousand words. Lucido illustrates the difficult work of identifying, accepting, and communicating your own needs.