It’s hard to believe October is coming to a close. Gretchen completed the first quarter of school, making high honor roll. Rachael is nearing midterm and is excelling in all her classes. I’m trying to stay focused on poetry.
I’m sure almost everyone recognizes the title of this post. Oh, the Places You’ll Go by: Dr. Seuss. The month of May is here, once more, and as I write this post, my girls have only three weeks of school left. Things here are going to get hectic, because both of my daughters are going … Continue reading
April is national poetry month, and as a poet, I have been writing a poem a day with napowrimo. As I’m writing this post, I have accomplished two-thirds of the prompts and have only ten more to go. If you would like to see all the poems I have written this month, the list is … Continue reading
Jennifer Flaten, MamaBlogger365 for Museum of Motherhood, on mothering through summer vacation – it’s almost here again!
I had to fight to keep from tearing up because Ruddick’s contributions to rethinking these ideas have been so wholly significant to motherhood studies and to me; I really don’t know where we’d be without her. She took a core concept like “maternal instinct” and developed an entirely new way of thinking about and talking about mother knowledge and wit. Certainly it’s the case that mothers typically know what their children need and how to care for them, how to motivate them, how to anticipate their needs, how to help them, how to foster their preservation, their growth, and their social acceptability, to use Ruddick’s terms. By, Amber Kinser
Ever since I saw the remake of True Grit last weekend, I’ve been wondering about my own “grit.” I’ve been wondering what constitutes a person with grit and, maybe more importantly, what makes one’s grit “true.” Dr. Amber Kinser writes for the MamaBlogger365 series each Thursday at the Museum Of Motherhood, Mamapalooza and Mamazina Magazine.
The major problems from my mother’s blood pressure spikes and other simultaneous illnesses seem to have receded at this point so we are not living on the edge quite like we were last week. But things are changed now. I am thinking about my job in terms of what my parents need, I am thinking about my finances not in terms of personal savings or home improvements but in terms of the housing I may need to help fund, or even fund outright, and in terms of how on earth I can do that. Kinser writes for the MamaBlogger365 series each Thursday at the Museum Of Motherhood, Mamapalooza and Mamazina Magazine.
Though I have a lot less time to do all the wonderful things I didn’t do when I was young, single, and childless, somehow none of the former questions: How do I afford it? How will I get there? Why wasn’t I born a boy?, invade my thoughts. The only question I ask myself was, “Why not now?” Jax Resto is part of our MamaBlogger365 initiative in 2011, raising awareness and funds for the Museum Of Motherhood, through our sister blogs, Mamapalooza, JoinMama Blogspot and Mamazina Magazine.
In December 2004, snow and sleet were threatening south Louisiana; however all I was concerned with was my positive home pregnancy test. After months of trying to get pregnant, my husband and I felt enormously blessed on Christmas Eve to learn we were expecting. At the turn of the year, dark clouds rolled in as we learned my dad’s brain cancer had returned….. By raising awareness of the issues, concerns and challenges care-givers face, we elevate our understanding of mother’s vital role. Mamapalooza and the Museum of Motherhood are committed to empowering and amplifying the voices of women and mothers. MamaBlogger365 is just one of the ways we do this. If you have a story to tell, please write us at MamazinaMagazine@gmail.com and get involved.
By walking unknown territory and choosing a path that leads where it may, we are available to delightful surprises no matter how they show up. Had I stuck to my plan and not been open to spontaneity, we wouldn’t have had such a glorious morning. Shira Adler, Diva Mama writes to raise awareness for the Museum Of Motherhood.