Shame on mom-shamers. Experienced their wrath?Share your story.
Amongst a bunch of other things, I’ve been mom-shamed mostly for having a full time nanny. Many feel that moms should be able to do it all – raising kids, running a business, cook all fresh meals for the family, clean, launder, participate in charitable organizations, keep up social relationships – all with big smiles and coiffed hair no less. Well, I am no hero and that’s okay. I believe there is strength in knowing your own limitations and weaknesses. I am proud to build an environment of helpers around me, so that I can be the best mom, wife, entrepreneur, philanthropist, friend and more that I can be. I believe mental and emotional health stems from establishing an organic balance in life and I am not ashamed to ask for help when needed.
If any line of work needs inspo, it's motherhood. What type of mothers inspire you?
“Community” moms – moms who are authentically interested in sharing helpful tips, resources, words of encouragement, stories of failure and success without motive or judgement.
Sometimes we're all BAD MUTHAs (as we should be). When did you go against traditional advice?
When my doctor advised that it was safe to do so, I drank two glasses of wine per week during pregnancy. I would get angry, hateful scares in public when doing so, but I trust my doctor and I needed the wine!
"I hope that as our worlds become more and more connected through technology and social media, we grow to be more supportive and encouraging of each other’s journeys."
It should be both the commonalities and differences in the way we choose to “mother” that builds and strengthens our motherhood community.
I hope that as our worlds become more and more connected through technology and social media, we grow to be more supportive and encouraging of each other’s journeys. I hope that moms become more understanding in that each person’s journey is unique and that IS the specialness of motherhood: it should be both the commonalities and differences in the way we choose to “mother” that builds and strengthens our motherhood community.
How do you like to MUTHA yourself and ensure you still have some 'me' time?
MUTHA is a luxurious treat for me – it’s like a decadent (yet healthy!) cake for my body. After becoming a mom, I’ve learned that it’s essential to treat yourself as lovingly as you would someone you love. When I take the time to lather myself in MUTHA butter, I am emotionally, psychologically, and physically fulfilled. Self-care is not only important; it is the foundation upon which we learn to love and care for others.