Being a mom can be the most fulfilling role you’ll ever have, and while you wouldn’t change it for the world, you still need balance in your life. Taking time for self-care is paramount to being a healthy mom for your child and your family. Finding this elusive time to recharge your batteries is easier said than done, and self-care means different things to different people. Whatever form of downtime appeals to you, here are ten ideas to help you create that space in your day.
Guest blogger Erin Nelson opens up about motherhood: "When I reflect on my early days as a mother, especially when I had two children under the age of two, I realize that there were parts of motherhood that no one could have prepared me for. Sure, there were moments of joy and laughter each day, but some of it was just hard."
We love checking things off lists, especially when they’re mom-approved lists. Since traveling with babies and toddlers can be complicated (even more so during the holidays), we’ve put together our favorite tips and packing must-haves, and we created a streamlined, downloadable packing list for you.
When my husband and I started planning our family, I knew we’d teach our children about the importance of being generous, and when we decided to start Kindred Bravely, I knew that giving would be part of our company’s DNA. As Kindred Bravely grows, we keep our company values front and center – and generosity is a huge part of that. From supporting non-profit organizations to helping people in our local communities, we’re always looking for ways to give back or pay it forward.
Kindred Bravely Founder Deeanne Akerson shares her tips on becoming a mom entrepreneur: "I understand how challenging – and exciting – it can be to begin your journey as a mom entrepreneur. I was there, just a few years ago. Before I started Kindred Bravely, I was a high school math teacher. I had no idea how to become an entrepreneur, and the learning curve was steep. In fact, I’m still learning so much every day, an unexpected and invigorating benefit of my career shift. Since founding Kindred Bravely, I’ve discovered a few things that might help other moms on their journeys as entrepreneurs."
In honor of Labor Day (and because we absolutely love birth stories), we're sharing stories from our own deliveries. From barely making it to the hospital in time to laboring for four days, from home births to inductions, from two amniotic sacs to secret salads, Kindred Bravely moms get real!
Sarah, our Social Media Manager, invites you to look past the social media version of motherhood. She writes, "Before having kids, and even after my first son was born, I had this image in my mind of what our days would be like and what kind of mom I would be... I was a mess most days, just trying to cover the basics and make sure everyone was fed. Sure, I’d have my shining moments where the baby would be smiling just right or we managed to make it to the zoo for an afternoon, and I would always make sure to document it on my favorite social media channels as proof. I was afraid to let people into the real...
A maelstrom of heightened emotions and changing hormones coupled with new mom exhaustion and a sense of isolation can make sanity feel elusive. Though you might encounter unexpected challenges with your growing family, you’ll also find yourself changing in amazing ways.
I know a lot of moms who struggle to find community. They had a community before they had kids, but when they became mothers, things changed. Perhaps some of their friends weren’t ready for the new dynamics. And that’s fine. Friendships evolve. I also think most moms want a community experiencing the same life events as they are. My ideal community, and what I think we really need, is a combination of people who’ve known us forever and people who are in the thick of it with us. I asked our followers on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook for their tips on how to build community.
In this guest post, coach and blogger LaTisha Cotto emphasizes how important self-care is for new moms: "For me, motherhood has been a magical time... Every milestone is a miracle. Every smile is from heaven. Every giggle melts my heart. There’s also the tough stuff."
From partners and family, to new and old friends, community is super important for busy moms. That's one of the reasons I'm so excited to introduce you to our Social Media Team, who work tirelessly to create the Kindred Bravely village. Meet the amazing women behind Kindred Bravely's Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook.
In celebration of Breastfeeding Awareness Month and World Breastfeeding Week, we asked BraveMoms on Facebook and Instagram to share their breastfeeding selfies ("Brelfies") with us using #BraveBrelfie. Thank you so much to all the incredible moms who were brave enough to share their photos and stories. The courage and honesty in their pictures and words are truly beautiful and inspiring.
To some degree, a healthy pregnancy is about filtering out the stress-inducing information that comes your way and seeking out what makes you feel confident, comfortable, and empowered. No matter what your pregnancy experience is, you can’t go wrong with taking some time for yourself before your little one arrives.
Some evidence suggests that active women are better prepared for labor & delivery, and may even recover more quickly. Exercise may also ease the aches, pains, and mood swings of pregnancy -- and help you sleep better. It also often gives you more energy! Exercise recommendations will vary from woman to woman, and from pregnancy to pregnancy, but there are a few tips every woman can benefit from.
Celebrating the milestone of my company turning three is so unreal for me. In reflecting on our journey together so far, we combed through our social media posts - our Kindred Bravely family photos, if you will - to pull your favorites from Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. I hope you will remember them as fondly as I do - and feel as excited as we are to continue building this remarkable community of women encouraging women for years to come.
Guest blogger Sophia Carr shares what she packed in her hospital bag -- the second time around. Your hospital bag really is all about you and what you will need to make your labor, delivery, and recovery a little more enjoyable. Sophia's favorite items will help get your packing started!
Whether from the stress of labor, a genetic predisposition, or even a perceived failure to “live up to” what you believe your motherhood journey should look like, postpartum depression can make you feel hopeless and broken. The good news? While what you’re experiencing can make you feel isolated, you’re not alone.
We talk a lot about what to expect from pregnancy, labor, and delivery, but we don’t always talk about the emotional expectations of new motherhood. It can be exhausting and exhilarating, heartwarming and heartbreaking, but the most stress happens when our expectations aren’t met.
Whether you go for sweet, surprising, classic, or hilarious, a pregnancy announcement can be one of the most wonderful rites of passage for an expectant mom and her family. We asked moms on Instagram to share their announcement photos, and the responses were gorgeous.
As a new mom, I quickly learned there were two absolute must-haves for me: comfortable clothes and a caring community. I was fortunate to find several encouraging mom groups that were local to me: Stroller Strides, MOPs, and most importantly, a breastfeeding support group, but I knew several women who didn’t have those resources close to them.
While breastfeeding is one of the most natural things a mom can do for her child, that doesn’t mean it’s easy or even intuitive. Whether you’re figuring out how to hold your infant, what her cries mean, or why he doesn’t seem to latch, nursing can feel completely overwhelming, especially when you’re running on just a few hours of sleep.
One of the best ways to prepare for labor is by attending a birthing class. Whether a day-long class or regular weekly sessions, these classes can help demystify childbirth. Most classes cover signs and stages of labor, how partners can help, and when to call your doctor.
Kindred Bravely Outreach Coordinator, Lauren, sat down with Shasta Nelson, a leading expert in creating healthy friendships, to ask her advice on how to surround ourselves with strong support systems, even when it seems impossible in the midst of sleep deprivation, toddler tantrums, and hectic schedules.
Since November is a month of giving thanks, I wanted to share the gift of our BraveMoms' blessings with you. Their words filled my heart with happiness, gratitude, and a reminder to keep celebrating the good in my life. I hope that you too can enjoy the wonderful expressions of others’ grateful hearts.