Mom Must-Reads:: Week of October 8th

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Want to know what other moms are reading about? We’ve pulled the top 5 posts from across our Sister Sites just for you!

The Homebound Mama: Trapped By The Nap

What pains me about it is that I know I’m not the only mom in this position. I know we’re all trapped in our separate houses, with our happily sleeping babies and unhappily bouncing-off-the-walls toddlers. Ifonly we all lived in a giant commune where we could just put our babies to bed (in their own beds) and then rendezvous in the middle to have adult conversations while our toddlers entertained each other. Right?

I Didn’t Want to Remember

Someone you may have known and loved for years may be keeping that secret part of their heart closed off – and they may be hurting or remembering something painful. Before you decide to take a stand on this issue or throw in your two cents … pretend someone close to you is hiding this trauma (because, statistically, they probably are) and then decide if it is worth sharing your thoughts.

No More Shame 

When we have to ask for help, serious help, help that can save your family, we shouldn’t feel ashamed. I believe that our current need for SNAP benefits is short-term. Once we have a diagnosis, the disability payments will kick in and we will thrive again.

In the meantime, I will be thankful for the many blessings we have in each other and the wonderful people we have surrounded our family with. I will be thankful that programs like these exist. I will be thankful that we never needed them until now. 

Spina Bifida Awareness Month: A Mother’s Perspective

It’s sometimes hard for me to believe that just six years ago I didn’t know much at all about the most common neural tube defect. However, now that my son is one of the estimated 166,000 individuals in the United States living with spina bifida, I feel compelled to help spread awareness. So today, the very first day of Spina Bifida Awareness Month, I want to tell you what spina bifida is…and what it isn’t. 

Parenting With Anxiety When Your Kids Are The Trigger 

I will be the first to admit that I am a control freak. I like having things go the way I want them to, but who doesn’t?? Maybe it stems from being an only child or maybe it’s just hardwired in my DNA. Either way, it’s annoying to be this way. It gets in the way of a lot of things and keeps me from living my best life.

What were some of your favorite posts from our Sister Sites this week?

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