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172 health article submissions by the Mothering community.

Why you’re privileged: perspective from the dark side

If you’re reading this, the highest probability is that you are living in the western world, above the poverty line, in a democratic environment. Your heart may be broken, you may not have enough money to get to the end of the week, you may be fighting for your life. But by many accounts – you are extremely fortunate. By many accounts, you and I have every advantage to be happy, healthy, and deeply fulfilled. Somewhere else… : Are you gay? If you’re found out, you will get jail time. : If you were unfaithful to your spouse, you... read more

Loving your doubts: alert, humble and hungry.

“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize.” – Robert Hughes, art critic I’m counting on this perspective from Robert Hughes. I counted on it when I delivered my manuscript to Random House/Crown. I counted on it when I forged a new deal with a fancy speaker’s agency. I counted on it when I flew into New York for a sold-out event, with expectations running higher-than-high. I had a dream… that it was spring of 2012 and my book was fresh off the press. I’m sitting... read more

You are certifiably INSPIRED

Wafty. Lofty. Airy. Amorphous. INSPIRATION. A quick breath. Teary. Racing heart. Power punched! INSPIRATION. I wanna do THAT! Gotta get ME some of that! Gonna get, give, live, be…MORE! You are certifiably INSPIRED. Now what? How do you turn that fire into fuel that moves you forward, deeper, higher? You analyze it. You inhale and exhale all that romance until you know exactly WHY IT TURNS YOU ON. “How come you need to know why something inspires you?” a creative partner asked me once. “Isn’t it enough to just be inspired, do you... read more

The Gift Of Renewal

By Paige Polcene-MarkinWeb Exclusive We are mothers. We breastfeed our babies and bake their birthday cakes. We coach piano practice and soccer practice. We kiss the hurts and wipe the tears. We are daughters. We buy groceries and fill prescriptions. We bring the meals and rent books on tape. We give back what was given to us. We are women. We plan board meetings and bake sales. We write grocery lists and letters to the editor. We teach the future. In Gifts from the Sea , Anne Morrow Lindbergh writes, "Eternally, woman spills herself away in driblets to the thirsty,... read more

One for the fellas (pass it along) : a decoder ring for your woman

Every year, my Hubba Hubba says to me “What do you want for your birthday?” My response is specific. Kinda. Um…Carl Jung’s Red Book; a day at the spa; anything from 18 Karat, these Cacharel sandals I adore, size 9. Dinner out — but no wheat, no meat. But you know…just surprise me.” His look is pensively eager, yet totally mystified. “You know what you want, but you want to be surprised. Got it.” He walks away thinking, I’ve got a 50/50 chance of getting this one right. Dudes, (or masculine-energy-identified dudettes in pursuit of your own lezzie-ladies,)... read more

Because Mamas ROCK Business : Join me at RHH Live, in NYC.

Life balance. How’s that working out for ya? If you’re a mompreneur — or setting your sights on that title — the quest for so-called “life balance” can drive you (and your business) into the ground. Just my humble opinion, of course. Instead of striving for unachievable “balance,” let’s aim for PROPORTION. Optimization. Leading-edge excellence. Full use of your most precious gifts — and joyful delegation of tasks that make you cringe. And, non-negotiable periods of rest + recovery, to re-fuel your inner rocket for the Next Great Thing. This... read more

Jo's Baby-Care Tips for Disabled Mums

By Joanna Karpasea-Jones Issue 145, November/December 2007   Birth at home so that everything you need is right there and you don't have to struggle with inaccessible hospital facilities. If you have to be in the hospital for some reason, ask for a private room with an en suite shower so you can wash. I insisted on this for my second and third births; it's the hospital's duty to provide facilities you can actually use. Try birthing on all fours; it's relatively pain-free if you have difficulty moving your legs. Use a sling to carry the baby for the first few... read more

Every Body Is Beautiful: Teaching Children about Size Acceptance

By Amy VotavaIssue 123, March/April 2004 Sidebar: Legacy All I want to do is buy my prescription medication at the local drugstore. My five year old, Olivia, is holding my hand and walking next to me as we head toward the checkout counter. It should be an uneventful errand, but it isn’t. First, we walk past the fashion magazines. Every cover features women that all look the same—white, in their 20s, very thin. I muse over headlines with such claims as, “LOSE WEIGHT WITH THE MIRACLE SANDWICH” or “GET THINNER WITH THE NEW CHOCOLATE DIET.” Next comes a point-of-purchase... read more

Our Llamas Are About Family

By Jo Hannah Leyda Web Exclusive - February 13, 2009 Watch the slideshow here. My husband John grew up in the city but wanted our family to experience all that country life has to offer. Once we moved out to an old farmhouse on a corner of land in the heart of Amish country, the next step was to decide what to do with our property besides the endless mowing. We looked into many different kinds of animals, from horses and cows to ostriches and bison. After much research and a number of visits to various farms, we were most drawn to the gentle, versatile llamas,... read more

Keeping it light + bright for summer's end : my first (and only) beauty product list

I’m keeping it a bit light for the summer’s end…here’s my love list of (surface) beauty products — for one time only. OUTER GLOW : Renee Rouleau Cleanser. No nasty preservatives. One bottle lasts about a year. : Renee Rouleau Mint Buffing Beads : Renee Rouleau Ginseng Toner. I put it in a small spray bottle and use it post cleansing and pre-moisturizing. I also spritz it after I put on my make up to set ma’face and get a glow. : Escents’ Blemish B’Gone. Best zit-zapper, ever. : Eminence Pumpkin Enzyme Peel. This stuff munches dead... read more

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