Tag: A Mother’s Rights

  • A Mother’s Rights #15: You have the right to change your priorities.

    A Mother’s Rights #15: You have the right to change your priorities.

    Maybe before you became a mom, you were a fucking lion at work and hammered out 12 hour workdays, ate leftover Indian for dinner and got weekly massages. Maybe you spent most of your monthly budget on lingerie and had Outlander-style fantasy sex with your partner every day. Then after holding a sweet heavenly baby […]

  • A Mother’s Rights #14: You have the right to parent your own way.

    A Mother’s Rights #14: You have the right to parent your own way.

    My kids and I had a talent show in the living room this morning. We each took turns either singing a song, pretending to play the piano, dancing, or play-acting martial arts. The house is messy. The dishes weren’t done. I have an acrylic paint stain on the carpet that is waiting for me to […]

  • A Mother’s Rights 13: You have the right to say no.

    A Mother’s Rights 13: You have the right to say no.

      This is an oldie but a goodie and gets a lot of mileage in the mom world. In Paul Coelho’s words, “When you say ‘yes’ to others, make sure you are not saying ‘no’ to yourself.” Basically, know yourself. Prioritize what’s important to you. Then live that. Suuuuuper easy. Hahahahahaha.   If you can […]

  • A Mother’s Rights #12: You have the right to receive help.

    A Mother’s Rights #12: You have the right to receive help.

    Please God do not try and do everything yourself. There is not a single ounce of shame in having someone else drive your kids to school, deliver your groceries, do your taxes, carpool your kids to events, clean your house, organize your closets, move your furniture, do your Target run, return your library books or […]

  • A Mother’s Rights #10: You have the right to make eating easy.

    A Mother’s Rights #10: You have the right to make eating easy.

    My Irish great grandmother had 16 kids and spent some of her life working the family potato farm in Michigan. In the Midwest 1800’s, there weren’t refrigerators for home use, nor were there chicken nuggets or frozen pizza or oranges or boxed mac n’cheese. When I think of the labor that went into preparing a […]