Dear Mom-to-Be: Baby showers bring a host of instructions from seasoned moms and well-meaning friends. As a new mom, I grew weary of hearing input like ‘sleep when the baby sleeps.’ And since I stubbornly refused to heed this sage advice, I suffered from sleep-deprivation-induced splitting headaches as a result. As part of our global sisterhood, moms can relate to certain universal truths about motherhood, even as all of this advice starts to sound cliché.
If your kids are going to sleep-away camp this summer, you may be wrestling with worries and what-ifs. What if they wet the bed? What if the other kids are cliquish or mean? Will the camp director call me if they’re miserable?
Driving home, you ask your kids what happened at school today. Your son mumbles, “Nothing,” in his casual, ‘I-dare-you-to-ask-for-more-information’ kind of way. Before you can follow up, your daughter chimes in, “I hate Maddie. She told Sarah she thinks my hair is ugly, and now Sarah won’t let me sit with them at lunch. They’re not my friends anymore. I hate them both.”
"Speak up! I can’t hear you!" boomed my seventh grade Life Science teacher from the back of the room. To this day, I vividly recall how the words I practiced at home stubbornly clung to the back of my throat and only agreed to tumble out in mutters. Standing frozen in front of my staring peers, I wanted to dissolve into the floor.
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