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We asked our Mothers & More members to share their thoughts and stories and use our Mothers Day Diaper Drive Campaign as their inspiration. Their stories will make you smile, laugh and so much more. This blog comes from Nell Reid of the Mothers & More South Oange/Maplewood chapter. Nell shares her own struggles as a first-time mom and how someone in her life made a big difference. It has inspired her own desire to help other young mothers because after all, we mothers are in it together.  In It Together As a full-time mother of a two-year old, I have some gripes.  I have no “me” time.   My son, Theo has always been a cat-napper as well as an early riser.  I’ve read so many sleep books with opposing advice that my head spins just trying to come up with a new plan for tackling nap and bedtime schedules.  My…

Moms know the ins and outs of diapers better than anyone, and they appreciate how something as simple as a diaper can keep babies happy. However, nearly one-third of poor and low-income mothers in the U.S. face a daily struggle of not having enough diapers to keep her baby clean, dry and healthy.  Known as diaper need, this hidden consequence of poverty is a significant cause of maternal stress according to a 2013 study published in Pediatrics. Plus, federal anti-poverty programs such as food stamps (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) do not cover diapers, which can cost up to $100 per month per baby. In keeping with its calling to help moms everywhere through all stages, phases and transitions of motherhood, the national membership organization Mothers & More will celebrate its 14th Annual Mother’s Day Campaign with the “We Could All Use a Little Change” Diaper Drive benefitting the…

This next blog entry comes from Rebecca Osterman of DuPage Chapter #1 as she shares with us how sometimes it’s the little things that remind us just how important our role as mothers is to our children–even when they make us nuts. And if you want to share your own ‘Mom Power’ story, blog or essay for the Mothers & More Blog, drop a line at blog@mothersandmore.org for details. When asked to write something about “Mom Power”, I must admit I was initially quite stumped. Because to be honest, most days I feel almost completely powerless as a mother. I have 3 little boys, who are wonderful in their own ways, yet easily a handful in others, and while there are many women who are just awesome with kids and bending them to their will… I am not one of those women. Large parts of my days are spent in…

When Mothers & More invited moms to share their blogs, Becky Williamson of Chapter 128 was excited to tell us more about her food blog, and to share a food story. Ever have those nostalgic moments, when you tell your children about a piece of your childhood only to have them wince their nose, scrunch a face and though they might not say it, they totally think you are weird. Yeah, Becky knows that moment. For our next blog entry, check out Becky’s story.  Want to share your own stories, essays and blogs? Mothers & More members can email blog@mothersandmore.org to be a part of the conversation. When I was a little girl, I LOVED cream cheese and jelly sandwiches. For years, my mom made me one every day for my elementary school lunch. It was all I wanted. I never told her that each day, as lunchtime approached, I would…

We invited Mothers & More members to share their views on Mom Power and got some amazing responses for our blog.  Next in our series, Laura Broulliren shares her story of being a mom with super powers. Why my kids believe I have super powers By Laura Broullire “If you don’t finish your veggies, you will never grow any taller.” “Keep brushing or all your teeth will turn black and fall out in your sleep tonight.” “If you don’t stop teasing your sister right now, Santa’s bringing nothing but coal for your stocking!” I consider myself an honest person. I go to church regularly. I don’t lie about my income (I don’t have one), and I’m honest about my age (which is 37). But when it comes to my kids, I can rattle off a lie without blinking an eye. Perhaps my biggest whopper? “Moms are omniscient. We know everything. It’s…

Can Mom Power be fueled by doughnuts? Mothers & More member Heather Curlee Novak of the chapter in Porter County Indiana takes a humorous look at Mom Power, exercise and much more. The phrase MOM POWER brings a perfectly slender, toned, happy and energetic Super Mom to mind. I’m no super mom. I was pretty awesome just to show up at my 5:30am boot camp class at the YMCA this morning. (Apparently I was supposed to do the workout too?) The woman in front of me was fit and full of energy. Of the entire class, she bounced and double timed and then instead of resting she kept right on going. I was jealous, sure, but I was also annoyed. I couldn’t keep up and I wanted to enjoy being the average mom. I just go to the gym to be a sweeter mama. I go to shed pounds or…