Today I want to share with you some of my favorite articles that are focused on Motherhood and Mental Health.
With Mother’s Day fast approaching and May being “Mental Health Awareness” month, I thought I would offer you the brilliant posts I discovered through my online pursuits. I’m incredibly blessed to be able to read so many amazing writers, and I know many people don’t have the time to search the internet for quality content like I do.
I want to both support other writers, as well as offer you a view into what I believe to be some of the best writers online. I promise, you will be moved by each and every one of these pieces I share with you today.
Let’s start with Motherhood, shall we?
1. I have to tell you, I still laugh until I cry when I read this post- Seriously. My friend shared it on my Facebook timeline, saying she was surprised I wasn’t the one who wrote it. You moms who spend a lot of time on the sidelines watching your kids play sports? READ THIS. I mean, maybe it’s just me, but then I see almost 110,000 other people shared it, so yeah, it’s pretty hilarious. Best. Post. EVER. I only wish I was best friends with Stacy Graebner. We would TOTALLY hit it off, especially if our sons were on the same team.
2. Then there’s Christina Antus, another hilarious writer I am honored to call a friend in the online world. She CRACKED me UP with this one about the incredibly extravagant outfits and accessories she currently wears as a mom. I really think she NAILED IT. Read: “4 Simple Looks I’ve Mastered, As Inspired By Goop.” So, so funny. Ohmygosh. I love her. If you liked this one, then check out her publication page on her site. I promise every post will deliver the laughs.
3. On a more serious note, I absolutely loved a new post written by my dear friend Whitney Fleming from Play Dates On Fridays, titled “Too Sexy, Too Young.” It is about her daughter and what she wears amidst the unfiltered world views that will eventually influence her 10-year old’s perspective and choices. Whitney describes what we all are feeling as moms of growing girls in today’s society. Every mom who has a daughter will need to read it. It is SO good.
4. My beloved friend Andrea Mowery from About 100%, wrote a piece about parenting that still sticks with me, because I truly believe this is the best way to raise independent kids. As I read her brilliant description of the scene that unfolded with her daughter, I could relate SO much to it with my own parenting. It’s really important to let go of helping our kids, so they can develop the ability to take care of themselves. That’s the goal right? Read: “Do It Yourself.”
5. This next work of poetic brilliance is written by my dear friend, Julie Jo Severson with whom I literally squeal when I see she has written something new on her blog. I really do. I love her words that much. You’ll see why, when you read this gorgeous piece about motherhood and what we pass on from generation to generation. She has this magical way of threading her words together so beautifully, and authentically- I could soak in them for days.
6. Sara Philpott from All American Mom, is a beautiful friend and writer who has a passionate purpose in her latest post that is incredibly important for this upcoming Mother’s Day. She wants us to honor ALL moms on this Holiday- Not just the moms with living children in our midst, but more so THESE moms:
- The invisible moms- the women who experience pregnancy loss.
- The dear moms- God bless their souls- who have outlived one or more of their children.
- The hopeful women- those who yearn for nothing more than to be a mom.
Please go check out her post about how we can all honor the hearts of these precious mamas. I’m sure you too, will find this message and mission to be one you will want to support.
7. I know many women who have suffered from clinical depression. This post should be read by everyone, because I am well aware of many hurtful and often unintentional things people say to those who suffer from depression, and unfortunately, there are still people who truly don’t understand this disease. Karis Rogerson explains it SO well in this post: “15 Things Not To Say To Depressed People.”
8. My close friend Heidi Kreider wrote this inspirational and motivating post about how much our stories matter. I absolutely LOVED her message and the scripture that reflects how we can use our own experiences for good in helping others who face similar struggles. I was struck by how true it is, because I continue to witness hundreds of people share their powerful stories and in doing so, it “brings healing both to the soul of the storyteller and to the heart of the listener.”
9. With Heidi’s post in mind, I want to share a new story “The Startling Secret About That Perfect Mom” written by Kira Lewis, a fellow blogger who had the courage to share her own story about her mental health break down. I am so glad she did, because I, along with many other women who have had similar experiences, want her to know she is not alone. Her voice will also inspire more women to get the help they so deserve as well as offer the hope that none of us are crazy. Instead we can identify with her claim:
“I was simply a mom who had been strong for far too long.”
10. I’m going to end this round up with a profoundly gripping piece titled, “Right Now.” It is a difficult yet encouraging read about suicide. I can describe my friend, Christine Suhan from Feelings and Faith, as a heroine in her own powerful story- filled with tragic circumstances and relentless challenges- but above all, VICTORY in living a life full of passion and purpose. She shares her story all over the internet proving Heidi’s message over and over again. As we spend this month growing our awareness of mental health issues, let’s also grow the movement to encourage people to SHARE their struggles so they too, can get the help they so desperately need.
There are so many more incredible articles I could have chosen for you all. The decision on what to choose is always a difficult one for me, but I do hope these had a lasting impact on your heart. I know they did for me. That’s always a good sign the writer has a gift…
I’m so glad they share their gifts with us, aren’t you?