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Parenting

Motherhood & identity

Linked with love

“Guilt will always linger while we are in a love this deep—it is linked with love…” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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The weight of your world

“To be a mother is to carry the weight of the world. Your world.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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I’ve been there

“Mama, I’ve been there. I’ve wondered where the old me has gone, and who the new me is becoming.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Ten steps ahead

‘A mother is always ten steps ahead. Her mind is planning, hoping, thinking.’ A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Like magic

“We don’t know how you do it, but you do. You make everything happen. It’s like magic. YOU are magic.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Memories for a lifetime

“So here’s a reminder to myself, and anyone else that needs to hear it: Take the photos.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Mother mindset

“So much of my mothering is in my mindset…” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Worth it

“Over and over. Day after day. Night after night. I do it for them.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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The thing I needed

“They are needing more from me, and I can’t always find it.This is pregnancy with younger children.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

They said

“Six weeks they said, to become the Mother. They never told you that becoming Her would be your life’s work.” A motherhood poem by Jade Loney.

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A very real need

“So to meet those needs, I need to make time. But time isn’t always easy to find.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

First trimester

A lifetime of carrying you

“Nine months is a long time… But I am creating you. That’s not something that can be rushed.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

First trimester

A journey of growth

“Being pregnant. It’s a beautiful privilege. But it’s not always easy.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of Dear Motherhood.

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Same here

“Often when I tell another mother about a hard moment, a hard day, a hard week, I hear “same here”.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

Motherhood Uncut: Claire

Claire shares her story of becoming a single mother by choice, and how this has impacted her motherhood experience. Read her story and her advice for other single mums.

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If it weren’t for you

“If it weren’t for you, there may not be the start. The middle would be harder. And much would end.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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A battlefield of challenges

“Mama, I know the world is heavy right now. It has been for some time.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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The little things

“For them it’s the hugs and kisses at night, not the new outfit.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Mother born

“These changes have been the making of me. A new me. The mother born into me.” A poem by Emma Heaphy, author of Dear Motherhood.

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Reality check

“What matters will never really be complete either, because I will never be finished loving them.” A poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

Heavy eyes, full heart

“This is for the mother still awake at night. Heavy eyes, full heart.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Making it easier

“I hope this makes it easier. That’s why I’m telling you. We are in this together.” A poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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5 ways to help your partner be a great dad

No one can learn to parent overnight, but you can support your partner to be a great dad over time. Learn a few simple ways to boost his parenting confidence.

Motherhood & identity

Peeling back the layers

“We need to love ourselves through our mothering with much less guilt and shame, including our own inevitable imperfect moments.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

Above all else

“So as mothers we may do things different, but we all have on thing in common: we all love our children endlessly…” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

This love

“People will try to tell you about the first moment. The one where you fall in love with your baby…” A motherhood poem by Jess Urlichs, author of ‘From One Mom to a Mother’.

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Growing through play

“It’s play for them. It’s growth for me. It’s learning for us both.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Home for Christmas in my heart

New mom Caitlin Scott reflects on her childhood memories of Christmas, and the pressure to recreate those experiences for her own daughter.

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Dear Motherhood

“Dear Motherhood, answer me this. Sincerely, a mother on behalf of a collective of mothers.” A poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’

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Baby’s First Christmas: The gift of saying no

Your baby’s first Christmas can be both exciting and daunting, with so many expectations to manage (including your own). Read about how to navigate Christmas as a new mom.

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Makers of magic

“There has been a lot going on this year. We have parented through some incredibly difficult times.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Through the fog

“I think back to the days that felt like remakes, but now I see they were all originals, especially to them.” A motherhood poem by Jess Urlichs, author of “From one mom to a mother”

Baby

9 of the best busy boards for toddlers

Got a toddler that’s busier than busy? You need a busy board, mama! Read on to find out what the heck a busy board is and for our guide to nine that we love.

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The sum of all

“You are doing so much. You are more than enough. You are the sum of all.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of “Dear Motherhood”.

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Versions of motherhood

“…that’s where the love is. Not in the perfect or consistent. But in the trying.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of “Dear Motherhood”.

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Motherhood Uncut: Shaney

Shaney Hudson discusses the impacts of sleep deprivation and the pressure new moms face to suffer in silence instead of seeking help.

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The me in Mum

“I didn’t want anyone to see me, and yet, when passers-by looked into the pram I want them to see ME.” A motherhood poem by Jess Urlichs, author of ‘From One Mom to a Mother’.

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The cost of kindness

“Be kind to her. Always. Because kindness costs nothing. But it can change everything.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

Their perfect fit

“You are the perfect piece in their puzzle. And so often as mothers we can forget this.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

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Knowing more doesn’t mean needing less

“Know that support is needed at every stage. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Baby

Do parents need to be educators too?

There’s a lot of pressure to offer educational at-home activities to promote kids’ development. It can be overwhelming. Do parents need to be educators too?

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Present moments, future memories

“Take yourself into the future. Twenty or so years from now.” A motherhood poem by Emma Heaphy, author of ‘Dear Motherhood’.

Motherhood & identity

Proud

“I want it to be the warmth that spreads through them, no matter what.” ​​A motherhood poem by Jess Urlichs, author of ‘From One Mom to a Mother’.

Entertainment

12 ideas for an at-home date night

Looking for at home date night ideas? Whether you’re tired AF (because, parenting), CBF cooking, or the exact opposite! There’s something here for everyone.

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More than a ‘good dad’

A beautiful short piece honoring dads on Father’s Day. Written by Jess Urlichs, author of ‘From one mom to a mother’.