You’re a superhero: 5 powers we acquire as mothers

From multitasking to superhuman speed to making babies and feeding said babies with our bodies—we are powerful mamas.

You’re a superhero: 5 powers we acquire as mothers

A bite from a radioactive spider turned Peter Parker into Spiderman.

Superman received powers from the sun, and Batman bought his powers with family money.

I never would have expected to know these facts in my single days, but now I have two boys—one who is almost four and obsessed with anything “super.”

It’s strange to think that to him I am hugely powerful. I

’m the person that solves mysteries, fights his battles and heals his wounds with a kiss.

Instinct or adaptation...who knows? Motherhood brings out these superpowers. You could call it a “mama-morphasis.”

This mama-morphasis is different for each woman and our powers vary, but here are five I think are broadly applicable:

1. Superhuman strength ?

For example, you have the ability to accomplish tasks during the day with very little sleep. It’s pretty unreal to see how adaptive the female body is when you’re in charge of keeping others alive....literally alive. You may not feel like a superhuman but you are. You are in the club of women who stay up late to finish homework projects, nurse every two hours at night, soothe sick babes, and make sure everyone else gets sleep.


So grab that extra cup of coffee because you deserve it.

2. Multitasking ?

It’s just part of the job. There are times when it’s great to be able to focus on one thing at a time but in reality that’s *not reality*. As a mother, you get.stuff.done. You cook the dino-nuggets while you’re unloading the dishwasher, while you’re playing princess with your daughter, while you’re trying to reply to an email...all while holding a baby on your hip.

(You’re amazing! And impressive!)

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3. X-ray vision ?

You generally know what’s really going on inside your child’s mind and body. It might take time to investigate, but mothers usually know when something is wrong or off. Never doubt your motherly instinct; use it to advocate for your child.

4. Superhuman Speed?

You may not have been a track star, but you are now a sprinter who is able to accelerate in an instant whenever necessary. With your ninja-like reflexes you can grab that toddler before they fall down the stairs or stop your child from wandering too far away or teeter into the street.

5. Making babies and feeding babies?

I don’t need to go into detail here. It’s just simply miraculous what the female body does in order to grow life, birth life, and sustain life with her body. This alone should make you feel like you can conquer the world. Because you can.

Like most superheroes, mothers have a kryptonite called ‘guilt’ which hits you when your baby is placed in your arms for the first time whether from a doctor, midwife, or adoption agency. A dose of guilt automatically comes with your new baby, just like your super powers.

There will be times when your superpowers fail you and guilt and fear creep in.

Just recently my five month old crawled off the changing table as I took my eyes off him for a second. We ended up in the children’s hospital for a night talking to neurosurgeons about his newly acquired skull fracture. The guilt was massive and a burden too big to bear. The “what ifs” and “if onlys” circled my mind like a broken record and I wanted so badly to rewind time.

He is now totally fine and I’ll probably just baby him a little bit more in life, but the fear and guilt really got to me. It was paralyzing. I made a mistake; I wasn’t superhuman in that moment, and my son suffered because of it. The truth is, even with all your motherly superpowers you won’t be able to save your children from experiencing pain, because that’s a part of life. You’ll go crazy trying to be perfect and control every situation.

As mothers, we must live in the moment—not the past or future.

You must trust in something greater than yourself; learn to breathe and meditate.

Meditate on the good in life while you exhale the guilt.

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14 Toys that will keep your kids entertained inside *and* outside

They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

Plan Toys balance board

Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

Plan Toys water play set

Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

Plan Toys mini golf set

Fore! This mini golf set is lawn and living room ready. Set up a backyard competition or incorporate into homeschooling brain breaks that shift focus and build concentration.


Vintage scooter balance bike

Janod retro scooter balance bike

Pedals are so 2010. Balance bikes are the way to go for learning to ride a bike while skipping the training wheels stage altogether. This impossibly cool retro scooter-style is built to cruise the neighborhood or open indoor space as they're learning.


Wooden rocking pegasus

plan toys wooden rocking pegasus

Your little will be ready to take flight on this fun pegasus. It gently rocks back and forth, but doesn't skimp on safety—its winged saddle, footrests and backrest ensure kids won't fall off whether they're rocking inside or outside.


Croquet set

Plan Toys croquet set

The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

fathers factory wooden digital camera

Kids get the chance to assemble the camera on their own then can adventure anywhere to capture the best moments. With two detachable magnetic lenses, four built-in filters and video recorder, your little photographer can tap into their creativity from summertime to the holidays.


Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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