There’s a lot of things moms deal with on a daily basis and it doesn’t just involve raising the kids. There’s running the household, managing the finances, nurturing a relationship with your partner, and sneaking pockets of time for a little self-care. Frankly, it’s a little overwhelming.
But moms are always expected to pull themselves together even through hardships — that’s what motherhood is all about, right? Smart Parenting is here to tell you that it’s ok to “Ask for Help,” and we have the stories to prove it.
From moms helping themselves to moms helping each other, let’s be reminded that it takes a village to raise a child. We are all in this together!
Moms helping moms
We spotted this story on a Facebook group and saw how it began with a mom looking for a wedding gown for her yaya. The story restored our faith in humanity.
Helping yourself starts with loving yourself
It may not be easy, but caring for yourself and finding ways to be happy is something all moms need to learn. Melissa Ricks shares she is learning to accept herself after years of self-doubt.
“It’s not selfish to take care of yourself because you have to love yourself in order for you to love others.” — Melissa Ricks
And speaking of self-care, laughter is the best medicine for frazzled parents
Yes, raising kids is exhausting, but one thing’s for sure: somewhere out there is a parent who is going through the same thing. The next time you feel overwhelmed, keep it together with these comics from dad and artist ‘Tokwa Frappe.’
Real mom advice on co-sleeping with baby
Let the moms from our Smart Parenting Village guide you into creating an organized space for your shared bedroom with the kids. When you and baby are tired, you should be able to retreat to a relaxing place — for both your sakes.
Tried and tested parenting hacks from real parents
Only fellow parents understand the need for these sanity-saving shortcuts, from non-skid socks to diaper bags!
Mom-approved essentials for your postpartum recovery
We asked real moms to share what helped them heal easier and faster after childbirth. Take it easy and add their recommended products in your postpartum recovery kit.
Take charge of your finances even when you’re a stay-at-home parent
Just because you’re not working doesn’t mean you’re automatically helpless with no money. There are ways to be financially independent and one mom even discovered a simple solution to managing her husband’s income.
“People will be giving you a lot of advice, but in the end, the way you empower yourself is to read. Read and improve your knowledge. The more you know, the more confident you will be.” —Faith Buenaventura-Alcazaren
A list to help you savor childhood moments
“It’s easy to get caught up in the doing of motherhood instead of just being with my kids,” says mom Erica Layne of The Life on Purpose Movement. So, she came up with a list that will help remind parents to savor every moment with their children — kids are kids for only a short time, after all.
Find a tribe that will support your breastfeeding journey
These sisters, three are doctors with one residing abroad (not pictured) and one is a lawyer, did not only have each other's backs but they have also made sharing breastfeeding knowledge their personal advocacy.