Moms Must-Reads :: Week of Feb. 19


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

Why I Won’t Raise My Children in the Purity Culture That Raised Me

Where are my fellow mid-to-late thirties mamas who grew up in evangelical churches? If this is you, chances are you heard about and likely participated in the program True Love Waits. True Love Waits was {and apparently still is} a Christian program most popular in the 1990s, at the height of the “Purity Movement”. The program, most often sponsored by local churches, challenged teenagers to remain sexually abstinent until marriage. There were ceremonies, rings and promises that frankly, most teenagers {and young adults} didn’t keep. As an insecure rule follower who deeply internalized the messages that sex outside of marriage is destructive, sinful and would completely ruin my future marriage, I did keep the promise symbolized by that James Avery purity ring on my finger.

How Long is My Child Contagious? When to Stay Home & Snuggle

We’ve all been there, sitting on the couch, scrolling through Instagram, when a friend posts a sad picture with the caption that three out of four people in her household are vomiting. The next morning, as you drop your kids off at Sunday school, two of her kids run up to greet them at the door. Hm, you think to yourself. I’m glad they’re feeling better, but are they still carrying germs? The fact that the flu has spread to “epidemic proportions” this year begs the question: when is it safe to venture out once you or your child have been beset with illness? Thanks to the vast array of information available at the click of a button, it isn’t too tricky to figure it out.

The 7 Stages of Getting the Kids Ready in the Morning

To this point, I have been getting children ready for school for seven years, three months, and a handful of days. That equals out to about 1,400 school mornings. Through this experience, I can confidently affirm that the Kubler-Ross “Stages of Grief” model can be accurately applied to my weekday mornings.

When The Cost Of Success Is Stifling

Before I dive into this important and impactful piece, I want to clarify that I’m putting on my “Psychologist” hat here, so bear with me. The content of this article is heavy, and tragedy is referenced. If you’re in a place right now where that would be triggering, please heed your own self-care needs. But otherwise, I think we all need to collectively sit down and have very real and serious conversations with our kids and ourselves about the cost of success. We can prevent experiences like this from occurring, but we have to change the fundamental way we operate first. It’s a heavy task, but we don’t have any other options.

A “Rational” Solution for Tantrums

I read on the internet one day a very scientificy article about how toddlers and pre -schoolers can’t use the “rational” part of their brain at the same time as the “ emotional” part of their brain. I don’t remember the context that this information was in (or what the purpose of the study was), but it got me thinking.

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


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