On August 11, 2012, I ran my first half-marathon. I wasn’t sure what to expect. All I knew was that I wanted to perform at my best (and as you can see in the photo below, I was happy with my performance). While making my manual for race-day success, I realized that so many of the same strategies can help me achieve my best self in life and motherhood.
This weekend’s challenge was #summersocialite. It was great to see how moms, dads, and babies spent the weekend socializing. Families hiked, swam, beached, and enjoyed the best gelato in town. Here are some of my favorites. You can check out the rest on Instagram by navigating to Profile > Search > Tags.
How do you feel when your baby’s birthday comes around? A little sad that she is no longer teeny, tiny and as needy? Those thoughts creep into every mother’s mind when their child turns another year older. Birthdays tend to remind us that life changes as time goes on.
Seemingly harmless, every thought we have leaves an impact. These thoughts can become a pattern that repeatedly robs us of the happiness available to us right here and now.
What does it take to raise an Olympic athlete?
I have tuned in to every Olympic Games since 1994 and I have never asked that question. The 2012 Summer Olympics is the first one that I’ll be watching as a mother. I am beginning to realize that the mothers behind these elite athletes are as admirable as their all-stars.
Just imagine everything they must have done to give their child a chance at a gold medal.
Recent research shows that moms are spending more time on online social networks than anybody else. I feel pretty cool being a part of an infographic (via onlineschools.com) that labels moms as “the true technology power users”. Having said that, it also makes me wonder how much of our kid’s lives we’re missing out on because we’re busy “pinning” inspiration for the next birthday party.
Remember the scene in Finding Nemo where the seagulls close in on the fish while squawking “mine” “mine” “mine”?
They obviously wrote that scene after witnessing a toddler’s playdate.
In the early toddler stages, learning to share with the people they know and love, is a huge feat. Convincing young toddlers to share with other kidlets at the playground, is rarely going to be a success if they haven’t yet gotten the hang of sharing with family members. At their age, they don’t trust other wee “strangers” that easily.
Children celebrate their achievements. They smile big and hand out high-fives when they first learn to spell their names. They run around giddy with excitement when they count from 1-10. And nobody seems to mind. In fact, adults realize the importance of celebrating along with them.
Unfortunately, at some point, we learn to suppress that behavior and replace it with “modesty”. From my personal experience, women tend to be especially modest about their assets, achievements, and abilities. But does this behaviour really benefit anyone? I am convinced that modesty is more damaging than anything else.
Toddlers hate waiting. They don’t understand the concept. Last weekend, at Maplewood Farm, I was posed with the mighty task of teaching Tiana the art of waiting.
Our first visit to the farm called for another edition of “Sour & Sweet”.
Motherhood: a mash up of (mostly) exquisite days and trying moments. As always, there’s something to take away from each experience. Allow me to share, some sour n’ sweet moments as of late.
I'm Nat Nanton, founder of Tutu Mama. Becoming a mother has made me commit to living my greatest life. If you can relate to that, you're in the right place.
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