Kids aren’t the only ones who grow. As mothers, we too grow through the different stages of parenthood (never mind the aging). Just as we didn’t know what ‘having a baby’ would feel like (even though everyone and her sister told us), we can’t really know how we’ll react when we finally close the chapter on diapers and cribs and Penaten cream. Or what it feels like to send our babies off to preschool or day camp for the first time, little backpacks filled with treasures and treats.
It’s hard to prepare for that first day of school when our wee ones walk into the building without a backward glance, or for the first time a tween daughter slams the door in your face, yelling ‘You just don’t understand me!’ Nobody can describe the the bittersweet feelings of nostalgia when watching your son take the wheel for the first time, or seeing his excitement as university acceptance letters start to arrive.
And while we certainly expect those lines and wrinkles to appear, it’s hard to stay serene when the greys take over and we start getting called Ma’am by the same young men who are checking out our daughter.
There are so many ‘mom stages’. Just when you think you’ve got this mothering thing under control, you’re on to the next stage of parenting – from newborns and breastfeeding to potty training, and primary school. Before you know it, you’ve got tweens and teens and hormones and peer pressure. Everything is always new and unexpected, requiring us to learn, grow and figure out what we need – not just as mothers but as people.
Enter MomThrive. Billed as ‘.. a fabulous two-day, three-night girl’s weekend away, solely focused on the overall health, wellness, support, personal growth and happiness of moms with a very special emphasis on self care and “Me Time”! ‘, this conference is OUR chance to be with a group of women who know exactly how we feel.
We’re so excited to speak at MomThrive about being a mom through these ages and stages. We hope to share ideas about parenting through these times not just as mothers, but as women. Because as our kids get older, so do we. Never mind our bodies, but our souls and our attitudes. To get started, we decided to focus on three questions:
- What do you love most about the age/stage of motherhood you are in right now?
- What one challenge or moment came as a surprise?
- What do you make a point of doing just for yourself and how do you carve out the time? How do you think this will change as your kids get older?
- I love the fact that my kids are constantly teaching me new things – everything from introducing me to TV shows and bands to challenging my religious beliefs. I love that they are beings separate from me, people in their own right, people I respect.
- I didn’t realize, until my kids were teens, that the more I shut up and listen, the more they talk. Shutting up isn’t easy.
- No matter the season, every night, I lock the bathroom door and take a hot 10-minute bath. It’s my Think Time so get lost, people!
- I really love talking to my teenagers. This generation is so different, and I learn something about how to be a better person from my kids every single day. Oh, also, I love all the free time I have because they keep themselves pretty busy.
- The most challenging moment in my parenting life was my third child, who has ADHD. Being his mother has changed me completely. My other two were very easy, and he was far from it. I was completely unprepared for what he would bring every day, and I’m pretty sure that I was an absolutely terrible mother to him at times.
- I stand up for myself. It’s very easy for teenagers to push the envelope and get what they want, like the car or some extra cash. But, I know that when I stand my ground, they respect me, my time, and my belongings. And, after dinner, I get up and leave the table. There are four able-bodied people to clean up the lovely dinner I’ve made.
MomThrive is about you, and ensuring you are taking the same good care of yourself as you are of your loved ones, and giving you the tools you need to make that happen. MomThrive is NOT about making an “escape”. If you’re a mom and you would like to enjoy support from other moms who are experiencing the same things you are, then you are the mom Sara Hodge and Lisa Davis had in mind when they created MomThrive.
“There are lots of great resources out there supporting parents, and especially moms with little ones,” says Sara Hodge. “But we wanted to create an actual event where ALL moms, regardless of their child’s age, can come and experience that support, encouragement and friendship firsthand.”
MomThrive is, simply put, a conference for moms. It takes place at the Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre hotel in Toronto on April 4-6, 2013. The first of its kind in North America, it is a national event focused on the overall health, wellness, balance and support of all moms and women in mothering roles (including aunties and grandmas), with a special emphasis on self care and “me time”.
We want our session to be completely interactive and to speak to what YOU, the MOMS, are thinking about. So, we’re crowdsourcing our presentation from your feedback.
We have TWO tickets to give away so you can share the MomThrive Experience with other women like yourself. In the comments, either:
1. Answer one of our questions
2. Pose your own question you’d like us to answer during our session. It can be ANYTHING to do with mothering, from birth up to university age (we don’t have expertise beyond that, yet….)
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Contest closes March 7th, 2013. Conference details are here. Tickets are valued at $340.00 each, and do not include accommodation or transportation.
PS Even if you don’t win our contest, you can still purchase your tickets at $75 off with the promo code: momfaze. Hope to see you there!