A Family Affair – By Joy Rose

To me this is the core of everything we do; Creating an environment for families to not only enjoy each other, but to encourage ongoing dialogue about motherhood, family dynamics, feminism, education and so much more. Passing the torch to the next generation so they see first hand the passion we bring to our individual and collective voice(s), while including them and encouraging them to participate in our endeavors exposes them to a lasting legacy of empowerment and support. Ultimately, for ourselves, and our children, our future belongs to feminist family values and a sense that ‘the family who plays together, stays together’. That is our greatest and most lasting success.

*Dr Mama* – Initiations Into The Sandwich Generation, MamaBlogger365

This is my first of what is likely to be many posts about being a member of the “sandwich generation.” I’m writing about it today because it is all I can think about; the issue became suddenly salient for me as my mother, who has historically struggled with high blood pressure was hospitalized for a … Continue reading

MamaBlogger365 – I Was Fine ‘Til I Started To Sweat, By Joy Rose

Since the kidney transplant that saved my life in 2000, I’ve been on fire to do whatever I can, in whatever time I have left, to empower and celebrate women. This of course is all based on my own dis-empowering experiences as a child and then as a married mother of four. Joy Rose, MediaMom™ writes the first day of every month for MamaBlogger365, raising awareness for the Museum Of Motherhood, through Mamazina Magazine and JoinMama sites. Join her each Wed. at 7pm (EST) on MingleMediaTV for music, commentary & mom culture.

MamaBlogger365 – Two Roads Diverged, By Diva Mama Shira Adler

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.

*Dr. Mama*, ‘On Letting Children Be’ – MamaBlogger365

So in some ways I have tried to live up to my youthful vow about what kind of parent I’d be. But the truth of the matter is that I have, many many times, been quite dissatisfied with where my children were at various points, and even now, there are points at which I regret the choices they make. I have found myself, and do find myself, wishing they could be more this or less that; I do find that my identity is quite wrapped in them and their choices. Dr. Amber Kinser writes for the MamaBlogger365 series each Thursday at the Museum Of Motherhood.

*Dr Mama* by Amber Kinser for MamaBlogger365 – Love Rollercoaster

When I think of parenting my kids I always hear the song “Love Rollercoaster” in the background (done first by the Ohio Players in the seventies and then more recently by Red Hot Chili Peppers). It has my mothering theme song for years. The ride is unpredictable and suddenly shifting, high highs and low lows in a very short timespan. I can neither predict nor control where we will be next. Fighting and ill-will one day, crawling up in my bed to lay a head on my shoulder the next, aloof and apathetic the day after that (“rollercoaster…of love…rollercoaster…ooh hoo hoo hoo). Dr. Amber Kinser writes as ‘Dr. Mama’ each week for the Motherhood Museum.

MamaBlogger365 – From ‘Me’ to ‘We’ and ‘Feminist Theories Of Motherhood’ by Jocelyn Stitt

I came to theory desperate, wanting to comprehend—to grasp what was happening around me. I’ve also sought out feminist theories of motherhood after I had my first child. My new social role as a mother completely floored me. I went from being a “me” to being a “we.” In future posts I’ll write about some of the theories that were helpful, like learning about the huge economic costs of becoming a mother in Ann Crittenden’s The Price of Motherhood. Jocelyn Stitt writes for the Motherhood Museum and Mamazina Magazine as part of the MamaBlogger365 series. She’s also part of the planning committee for the MOM Conference in NYC this May, as part of the Mamapalooza Festival and MAMA Expo, gathering of feminists, activists, mothers and laypeople who are interested in Mother Studies and more.

MamaBlogger365 – The Amazing Journey by Natasha Kaiser

To me motherhood is an amazing journey. It starts from the time you find out you are pregnant and decide to keep the child… through the traumatic time of birth… to the life-altering moment when you look that infant in the eyes and know you will impact the rest of their lives…To improve motherhood I believe we need more support for mothers who want to return to school…

*Dr. Mama*, “Week 2 of Atonement: Work” (MamaBlogger365)

Mothers who work in paid employment generally do so because they must; I do have to earn a living. Now the conditions of that paid employment, of course, is another matter. We learn from the advocacy work of organizations like MomsRising, for example, that rights such as fair pay, maternity leave, paid sick days, and flexible work continue to elude mothers in the workplace, and this is certainly, to answer the questions posed by the MamaBlogger365 initiative, one of the most pressing issues confronting mothers today. And there are other issues. Like being allowed to cop to the fact that you’re a mother and an employee at the same time, and so have more on your plate than workplace interests or tasks. MamaBlogger365 continues with Dr. Amber Kinser.

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