25 Eco-Moms to Watch

Mamas on a mission to make the world a little greener.

25 Eco-Moms to Watch

*We've partnered with Joolz to recognize the moms that are changing the world for their babies, and ours. No doubt about it, parenthood makes you think first and foremost with your heart. From the moment your baby is born, it feels as if you're suddenly walking around wearing your heart on your sleeve. Which in turn makes you hyper-aware of all that is around us and sensitive to issues you never quite paid attention to before (but should have). As parents, it's our job to make the world a better place for the little ones we've brought into it. And the current state of affairs has made many of us even more proactive than ever before. Still, we know balancing life with kids can be all-consuming. So when we learn about moms dedicating their days to creating a better world for not only their kids, but all of ours, we take notice. And we've partnered with Joolz, an eco-minded company focused on positive design, to help you take notice. From eco-activists, to sustainable designers, to green beauty experts and more, here are 25 eco-moms to watch. Be prepared to be inspired -- and thankful -- for all that they do. 1. Lauren Bush Lauren, founder of FEED Projects. Lauren Bush Lauren has been helping children and families since long before she had one of her own. She founded FEED in 2007 as a way to help people fight against hunger in a tangible way, through the purchase of products that bring meals and nutrients to those in need. FEED has since expanded well beyond its signature burlap bags, with a plethora of well-intentioned collaborations and styles, all produced under fair-labor conditions, using environmentally friendly materials whenever possible. And now that Lauren's the mom of a baby boy, we're betting FEED's diaper bags are coming in pretty handy…. 2. Bea Johnson, founder of Zero Waste Home. When Bea Johnson began her family 8 years ago she also set out on a path for the good of the world by dedicating herself and her family to a zero waste lifestyle. That means committing herself to the 5 R's: Reduce what you do need, Reuse what you consume, Recycle what you cannot Refuse, Reduce or Reuse, and Rot (Compost) the rest. Her family of four manages to generate only a quart-size jar of waste per year! Bea now goes around the world giving talks about helping others help themselves and the world. 3. Nasiba Adilova, founder of The Tot. Nasiba Adilova is much more than a pretty face. After she became a mommy, this jet-setting Russian fashionista founded of The Tot, an online shop filled with smartly curated gear and fashion for baby and mom. The site is committed to eco-friendly merchandise, but also features cool collabs and mama advice and recommendations. After testing a pop-up shop in Dallas, The Tot has settled into a permanent location, which will be convenient for Nasiba when she welcomes Baby #2 to her brood this spring. 4. Mona Hanna-Attisha, pediatrician and children's health advocate. As a pediatrician Mona Hanna-Attisha already dedicates her life to helping children. But it wasn't until 2014 that she became recognized on a national level. Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha was the doctor that brought the Flint Water Crisis to it's feet. After much denial from the state, Dr. Hanna-Attisha would not ignore her patients complaining of strange systems and elevated lead levels. The graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Hanna-Attisha conducted her own study that found the percentage of elevated blood lead levels among children in the city had doubled and announced the results at a press conference.

Grace with her Joolz stroller

5. Grace Lee, founder of Nine Naturals. Grace Lee believes personal care products should make you feel and look beautiful without potentially harming you or your children. She was a Wall Street executive when she realized that the beauty aisle was full of hazardous chemicals. When she started shopping for natural brands, she was disappointed by many of them. So she created Nine Naturals and has since dedicated her life to create chemical-free beauty and skincare products that actually work. All of Nine Natural's products are natural, plant based and safe for pregnancy and beyond. 6. Mara Hoffman, fashion designer. When it comes to women's fashion, the terms sustainable and stylish don't often go hand in hand. But everyone's favorite mama designer Mara Hoffman is changing perceptions. She's said that it was the birth of her son that pushed her to go greener, and has since been evolving her fashion line to include more recycled and eco-friendly fabrics and prints. Her latest collections also includes beautiful basics that will stand the test of time, a pushback, she says, against fast fashion and overconsumption.

Nicole with her Joolz stroller

7. Nicole Berrie, founder of Bonberi. It's not easy to make eating broccoli look fun and, dare we say, sexy, but Berrie manages to do both. Her website Bonberi presents a plant-based, sustainable lifestyle that is equally chic and fashionable -- a place where you can talk about wellness with an open mind. Now that she's got a baby, family cooking has become increasingly important, and this year, she'll launch her first e-cookbook, focused on plant-based family friendly meals. In the meantime, you'll find plenty of tools on Bonberi to figure out what “feeling and looking good" means to you -- the kind of support that a lot of us need when trying to live a healthier, more balanced life. 8. Tata Harper, founder of Tata Harper. The words “natural" and “beauty" aren't necessarily two that go hand in hand. Unless you're talking about Tata Harper's Next Generation Beauty Line. Tata set out on a mission to give the skincare industry a fresh start with highly effective and luxurious beauty products that are completely free of synthetic ingredients. As a bonus all of Tata's packaging is made without labels so it's one less waste to our environment.

Hana with her Joolz stroller

9. Hana Getachew, founder of Bole Road Textiles. When it comes to interior design, Hana Getachew believes we can do better. Her ethically sourced home decor is all designed in Brooklyn and handwoven in Ethiopia, using ancient weaving traditions, passed down through the generations. The birth of her baby girl in 2016 prompted her to launch Bole Road Baby, filled with beautiful baby blankets, towels and other nursery accents. 10. Krysta Lyn, founder of Yipkids. Finding clothes that your opinionated toddler loves to wear is tough. Finding clothes that they love and you feel good supporting? Even tougher! That's why Krysta Lyn created Yipkids with both her kids and the world they live in mind. Her line is constructed from environmentally responsible materials, and design and manufactured right in her hometown of Long Beach, California.

Kelsey with her Joolz stroller

11. Kelsey Harper, Flower Girl Los Angeles. Floral arrangements at an event are always something to ooh and aah over, especially when it's Kelsey Harper of Flower Girl Los Angeles designing your arrangements. But this impressive mama goes a few steps further. Not only are her flowers seasonal and sourced locally which leaves behind a smaller eco-footprint, but Flower Girl also makes sure to waste as little as possible, implementing composting of all green waste. Now that's a reason to celebrate. 12. Tara Foley, founder of Follain. With all the nasties in much of our skincare and makeup, Tara Foley had a dream to create a healthy alternative. Her first beauty shop opened in Boston in 2013, and she has since expanded to up and down the Northeast Corridor, providing a curated selection of skin, hair and cosmetic products that are safe (non-toxic), eco-friendly, high-performance, luxe, and U.S.-made. This past year's been a busy one: Tara launched house label, set up shop in NYC and had a baby, giving her a new appreciation for pregnancy and postpartum care. 13. Melissa Wood, health and wellness coach. When it comes to being green, Melissa Wood starts from the inside out. This NYC-based health and wellness coach, yoga teacher and model brings a touch of glam to the healthy, plant-based lifestyle, whether she's leading your fave workout on Fitner App, or gracing the pages of Shape, Women's Health and Pregnancy & Newborn magazines. And with a toddler at home, we know that's no small task! 14. Vani Hari, Food Babe. After a health scare that hospitalized Vani Hari 10 years ago, this new mama, was inspired to live a healthy life, harnessing her energy into investigating what is really in our food. She's spent thousands of hours over the years researching and talking to experts to make sense of this over-processed world we live in. Vani empowers her readers by giving them the knowledge and truth about harmful ingredients in processed foods and how to avoid the stuff the food industry is trying to hide. Something we could all use and pass down to our kids! 15. Paige Wolf, founder of a B Corp-certified PR firm. It takes a lot of willpower to turn down work with brands that don't meet your eco-standards, especially as a small business owner. But PR maven Paige Wolf only works with clients who contribute to a sustainable world and positive change. The Philadelphia mom has built her portfolio out of green lifestyle and nonprofit brands, and is the first certified B Corporation public relations company in her city, meeting comprehensive and transparent social and environmental standards. 16. Shazi Visram, founder of Happy Family Brands. As the founder of Happy Family Brands, mom-of-two Shazi Visram is helping us make our families greener and healthier at the most important time in their life: before their 2nd birthdays. Shazi founded her baby food company 10 years ago (before she was even a mom!) and it has since extended into toddler and prenatal, and launched tons of innovative mealtime solutions. Happy Family Brands is also certified as a B-Corporation, which means it meets rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. 17. Phyllis Omido, founder the Center for Justice, Governance, and Environmental Action. We typically think of breast milk as nutritional gold, but when mamas are exposed to toxins, it can be anything but healthy. After Kenyan mom Phyllis Omido realized her baby boy had lead poisoning due to her own dangerous chemical exposure at a local plant, she worked to get the plant shut down, and help get support and medical aid for others in the poor community in which she lived. She ultimately founded the Center for Justice, Governance, and Environmental Action and was awarded the Golman Environmental Prize Recipient for her work. 18. Jessika Bailey, founder of Natural Mother Magazine. When Jessika Bailey became a mother, she “fell" into natural parenting quite, well, naturally: she followed her instincts. And in a world of endless information where making decisions for your family can be quite overwhelming, she felt the need to help others be confident in their parenting styles. So she created Natural Mother Magazine and gifted moms and dads with a community where they could share and read stories about gentle parenting and holistic living -- and all of it without judgement. 19. Christine Lolley, founder of design firm Solares. Christine Lolley has long been interested in green home design and sustainable living and, together with Tom Knezic, created Solares. With energy efficiency and affordability in mind, the Solares team provides architectural expertise to design eco-friendly homes and, hopefully, build a more sustainable future. A mother of two, Lolley even built her parents' house, which blends perfectly with its surrounding environment and features temperature regulation techniques that greatly reduce heating needs in the winter and eliminate the need for air conditioning in the summer. 20. Judi Shils, founder of Turning Green. Judi Shils isn't new to activism. She created a campaign that opposed hazardous chemicals in beauty and personal care products and founded Search for the Cause, which probed into the skyrocketing cancer rates in Marin County. With Turning Green, Shils (along with her daughter) broadened her mission to equip high school and college students with the tools to shift mindsets towards sustainable living. Her goal: to empower future leaders to take the helm in the fight for environmental justice. 21. Salma Hayek, actress and activist. Sure, Salma Hayek is a beautiful, talented actress. But she also does her part to live “green" -- even more so now that she's a mom. Hayek hasn't just given her presence and money to environmental causes and charities. She's also served as a board member to Global Green, an organization that builds sustainable and resilient communities and that provides affordable housing to areas in need. And since you can never do enough to nurture Mother Nature, Hayek reportedly installed solar panels on her Los Angeles home. 22. Colleen Wachob, co-founder of mindbodygreen. As Founding Partner and Chief Brand Officer at lifestyle media brand mindbodygreen, Colleen Wachob totally walks the walk. Which is important when you're leading a company that inspires people to live their best life. But that doesn't mean it's her way or the highway. Her and her team work hard to provide their readers with the best info possible about mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, and of course environmental topics for those on their wellness journeys. 23. Rosario Dawson, actress and activist. Rosario Dawson is no stranger to advocating for social changes. She's engaged with various organizations to both protect the planet and help those in need. Her latest project? Studio 189 -- an online platform dedicated to promote and curate African and African-inspired content and brands. Using the world of fashion for social change, Dawson hopes to help African communities in need by empowering women, creating jobs and supporting education. In 2012, Dawson also partnered with SodaStream International to launch the first annual Unbottle the World Day, in an effort to raise awareness to the impact of cans and plastic bottles on the environment. 24. Melinda Olson, founder of Earth Mama Angel Baby. Founder of baby and mama skincare brand, Earth Mama Angel Baby, Melinda Olson began formulating organic herbal remedies for friends in her Oregon kitchen many years ago. From there her love of organic gardening, passion for herbs and desire to find safe products for mamas and babies led to founding Earth Mama Angel Baby, an industry leader in safe, natural and organic herbal products. So you can feel good about what you're putting on baby's skin. 25. Kelly Nichols, activist, educator, and organizer for Moms Clean Air Force. Kelly Nichols grew up roaming the woods of mid-coast Maine and Northern Minnesota, instilling a long-lasting love of nature. With Moms Clean Air Force, she works tirelessly to make the air of her home state, Illinois, cleaner. Moms Clean Air Force is a community of 1,000,000 moms and dads united to fight against air pollution, in the name of our children's health and future. Did we miss an eco-mom that inspires you? Tell us all about her in comments! *This post was sponsored by Joolz. Want to see why every eco-mom is loving their strollers? Check them out here.

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    Kristen Bell and Jackie Tohn on how they’re ‘sneak teaching’ kids with their new show "Do, Re & Mi"

    The best friends created a musical animated show that's just as educational as it is entertaining

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    Kristen Bell and Jackie Tohn have been best friends since they met as young singers and actors more than 15 years ago, and now they're collaborating on a new Amazon Original animated kids series called Do, Re & Mi. The show, which follows best birds Do, Re and Mi as they navigate the world around them while also belting out catchy tunes, is just as educational as it is entertaining.

    On the latest episode of The Motherly Podcast, Bell and Tohn talk to Motherly co-founder Liz Tenety about how they're "sneak teaching" kids with their new show and why music is such an important focal point.

    "It was basically our mission from the very beginning to 'sneak music education' into kids' lives, hands, brains, all of it," Tohn admits.

    "There's so much science and data to support that [music] helps kids, their brains grow with math, with social skills. It literally can change your neuroplasticity. You can put music of their favorite genre or timeframe on, in an Alzheimer's ward, and they will come back online for a couple minutes. I mean, it's crazy," Bell, who has two daughters of her own, adds. "You know, music can bind a lot of families together. It can bind friendships together. And it's just a show that you can feel really good about. We want to get it in front of as many kids as possible, because I don't like the fact that some kids won't have exposure to music. Their brains deserve to grow just as much as everyone else's."

    The first season of Do, Re & Mi premiered on September 17th and its creators recorded 52 different songs for the show that range from reggae and pop to country, blues and jazz.

    "That's what's so exciting about this show," Tohn gushes. "Not only are the lessons we're teaching for everyone, but every episode has a musical genre, a musical lesson and an emotional lesson. And so there really is so much to learn."

    Elsewhere in the episode, Bell tells Tenety about how she made literal toolboxes that carry different regulation tools to help her kids calm down (one is "find a song you love and sing out loud") and why having a village is crucial to surviving motherhood, especially in a pandemic, while Tohn details her special friendship not only with Bell, but with her daughters, too.

    To hear more about the show, Bell's experiences in motherhood, and her enduring friendship with Tohn, listen to The Motherly Podcast for the full interview.

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    12 baby registry essentials for family adventures

    Eager to get out and go? Start here

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    Parenthood: It's the greatest adventure of all. From those first few outings around the block to family trips at international destinations, there are new experiences to discover around every corner. As you begin the journey, an adventurous spirit can take you far—and the best baby travel gear can help you go even farther.

    With car seats, strollers and travel systems designed to help you confidently get out and go on family adventures, Maxi-Cosi gives you the support you need to make the memories you want.

    As a mom of two, Ashley Robertson says she appreciates how Maxi-Cosi products can grow with her growing family. "For baby gear, safety and ease are always at the top of our list, but I also love how aesthetically pleasing the Maxi Cosi products are," she says. "The Pria Car Seat was our first purchase and it's been so nice to have a car seat that 'grows' with your child. It's also easy to clean—major bonus!"

    If you have big dreams for family adventures, start by exploring these 12 baby registry essentials.

    Tayla™️ XP Travel System

    Flexibility is key for successful family adventures. This reversible, adjustable, all-terrain travel system delivers great versatility. With the included Coral XP Infant Car Seat that fits securely in the nesting system, you can use this stroller from birth.


    Add to Babylist

    $849.99

    Iora Bedside Bassinet

    Great for use at home or for adventures that involve a night away, the collapsible Iora Bedside Bassinet gives your baby a comfortable, safe place to snooze. With five different height positions and three slide positions, this bassinet can fit right by your bedside. The travel bag also makes it easy to take on the go.


    Add to Babylist

    $249.99

    Kori 2-in-1 Rocker

    Made with high-quality, soft materials, the foldable Kori Rocker offers 2-in-1 action by being a rocker or stationary seat. It's easy to move around the home, so you can keep your baby comfortable wherever you go. With a slim folded profile, it's also easy to take along on adventures so your baby always has a seat of their own.


    Add to Babylist

    $119.99

    Minla 6-in-1 High Chair

    A high chair may not come to mind when you're planning ahead for family adventures. But, as the safest spot for your growing baby to eat meals, it's worth bringing along for the ride. With compact folding ability and multiple modes of use that will grow with your little one, it makes for easy cargo.


    Add to Babylist

    $219.99

    Coral XP Infant Car Seat

    With the inner carrier weighing in at just 5 lbs., this incredibly lightweight infant car seat means every outing isn't also an arm workout for you. Another feature you won't find with other infant car seats? In addition to the standard carry bar, the Coral XP can be carried with a flexible handle or cross-body strap.


    Add to Babylist

    $399.99

    Pria™️ All-in-One Convertible Car Seat

    From birth through 10 years, this is the one and only car seat you need. It works in rear-facing, forward-facing and, finally, booster mode. Comfortable and secure for every mile of the journey ahead, you can feel good about hitting the road for family fun.


    Add to Babylist

    $289.99

    Pria™️ Max All-in-One Convertible Car Seat

    Want to skip the wrestling match with car seat buckles? The brilliant Out-of-the-Way harness system and magnetic chest clip make getting your child in and out of their buckles as cinch. This fully convertible car seat is suitable for babies from 4 lbs. through big kids up to 100 lbs. With washer-and-dryer safe cushions and dishwasher safe cup holders, you don't need to stress the mess either.


    Add to Babylist

    $329.99

    Tayla Modular Lightweight Stroller

    With four reclining positions, your little ones can stay content—whether they want to lay back for a little shut-eye or sit up and take in the view. Also reversible, the seat can be turned outward or inward if you want to keep an eye on your adventure buddy. Need to pop it in the trunk or take it on the plane? The stroller easily and compactly folds shut.


    Add to Babylist
    $499.99

    Tayla Travel System

    This car seat and stroller combo is the baby travel system that will help make your travel dreams possible from Day 1. The Mico XP infant seat is quick and easy to install into the stroller or car. Skipping the car seat? The reversible stroller seat is a comfortable way to take in the scenery.


    Add to Babylist
    $699.99

    Modern Diaper Bag

    When you need to change a diaper during an outing, the last thing you'll want to do is scramble to find one. The Modern Diaper Bag will help you stay organized for brief outings or week-long family vacations. In addition to the pockets and easy-carry strap, we love the wipeable diaper changing pad, insulated diaper bag and hanging toiletry bag.


    Add to Babylist

    $129.99

    Mico XP Max Infant Car Seat

    Designed for maximum safety and comfort from the very first day, this infant car seat securely locks into the car seat base or compatible strollers. With a comfy infant pillow and luxe materials, it also feels as good for your baby as it looks to you. Not to mention the cushions are all machine washable and dryable, which is a major win for you.


    Add to Babylist
    $299.99

    Adorra™️ 5-in-1 Modular Travel System

    From carriage mode for newborn through world-view seated mode for bigger kids, this 5-in-1 children's travel system truly will help make travel possible. We appreciate the adjustable handlebar, extended canopy with UV protection and locking abilities when it's folded. Your child will appreciate the plush cushions, reclining seat and smooth ride.


    Add to Babylist
    $599.99

    Ready for some family adventures? Start by exploring Maxi-Cosi.

    This article was sponsored by Maxi-Cosi. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.


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    This incredibly soft comforter from Sunday Citizen is like sleeping on a cloud

    My only complaint? I've slept through my alarm twice.

    When it comes to getting a good night's sleep, there are many factors that, as a mama, are hard to control. Who's going to wet the bed at 3 am, how many times a small person is going to need a sip of water, or the volume of your partner's snoring are total wildcards.

    One thing you can control? Tricking out your bed to make it as downright cozy as possible. (And in these times, is there anywhere you want to be than your bed like 75% of the time?)

    I've always been a down comforter sort of girl, but after a week of testing the ridiculously plush and aptly named Snug Comforter from Sunday Citizen, a brand that's run by "curators of soft, seekers of chill" who "believe in comfort over everything," it's safe to say I've been converted.


    Honestly, it's no wonder. Originally designed as a better blanket for luxury hotels and engineered with textile experts to create this uniquely soft fabric, it has made my bed into the vacation I so desperately want these days.

    The comforter is made up of two layers. On one side is their signature knit "snug" fabric which out-cozies even my most beloved (bought on sale) cashmere sweater. The other, a soft quilted microfiber. Together, it creates a weighty blanket that's as soothing to be under as it is to flop face-first into at the end of an exhausting day. Or at lunch. No judgement.

    Miraculously, given the weight and construction, it stays totally breathable and hasn't left me feeling overheated even on these warm summer nights with just a fan in the window.

    Beyond being the absolute most comfortable comforter I've found, it's also answered my minimalist bed making desires. Whether you opt to use it knit or quilted side up, it cleanly pulls the room together and doesn't wrinkle or look unkempt even if you steal a quick nap on top of it.

    Also worth noting, while all that sounds super luxe and totally indulgent, the best part is, it's equally durable. It's made to be easily machine washed and come out the other side as radically soft as ever, forever, which totally helps take the sting out of the price tag.

    My only complaint? I've slept through my alarm twice.

    Here is my top pick from Sunday Citizen, along with the super-soft goods I'm coveting for future purchases.

    Woodland Snug comforter

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    The bedroom anchor I've been looking for— the Snug Comforter.

    $249

    Braided Pom Pom Throw

    Because this degree of coziness needs portability, I'm totally putting the throw version on my list. It's washable, which is a must-have given my shedding dog and two spill-prone kiddos who are bound to fight over it during family movie night.

    $145

    Lumbar pillow

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    What's a cozy bed without a pile of pillows?

    $65

    Crystal infused sleep mask

    sunday citizen sleep mask

    Promoting sleep by creating total darkness and relaxation, I've bookmarked as my go-to gift for fellow mamas.

    $40

    We independently select and share the products we love—and may receive a commission if you choose to buy. You've got this.

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    10 Montessori phrases for kids who are struggling with back to school

    The first day of school can be hard for everyone, mama. Here's how to use the Montessori method to help your child adjust.

    No matter how excited your child was to pick out a new lunchbox and backpack this year, there will likely be days when they just don't want to go to school. Whether they're saying "I don't like school" when you're home playing together or having a meltdown on the way to the classroom, there are things you can say to help ease their back-to-school nerves.

    More than the exact words you use, the most important thing is your attitude, which your child is most definitely aware of. It's important to validate their feelings while conveying a calm confidence that school is the right place for them to be and that they can handle it.

    Here are some phrases that will encourage your child to go to school.


    1. "You're safe here."

    If you have a young child, they may be genuinely frightened of leaving you and going to school. Tell them that school is a safe place full of people who care about them. If you say this with calm confidence, they'll believe you. No matter what words you say, if your child senses your hesitation, your own fear of leaving them, they will not feel safe. How can they be safe if you're clearly scared of leaving them? Try to work through your own feelings about dropping them off before the actual day so you can be a calm presence and support.

    2. "I love you and I know you can do this."

    It's best to keep your goodbye short, even if your child is crying or clinging to you, and trust that you have chosen a good place for them to be. Most children recover from hard goodbyes quickly after the parent leaves.

    If your child is having a hard time saying goodbye, give one good strong hug and tell them that you love them and know they can do this. Saying something like, "It's just school, you'll be fine" belittles their feelings. Instead, acknowledge that this is hard, but that you're confident they're up to the task. This validates the anxiety they're feeling while ending on a positive note.

    After a quick reassurance, make your exit, take a deep breath and trust that they will be okay.

    3. "First you'll have circle time, then work time, and then you'll play on the playground."

    Talk your child through the daily schedule at school, including as many details as possible. Talk about what will happen when you drop them off, what kinds of work they will do, when they will eat lunch and play outside, and who will come to get them in the afternoon.

    It can help to do this many times so that they become comfortable with the new daily rhythm.

    4. "I'll pick you up after playground time."

    Give your child a frame of reference for when you will be returning.

    If your child can tell time, you can tell them you'll see them at 3:30pm. If they're younger, tell them what will happen right before you pick them up. Perhaps you'll come get them right after lunch, or maybe it's after math class.

    Giving this reference point can help reassure them you are indeed coming back and that there is a specific plan for when they will see you again. As the days pass, they'll realize that you come consistently every day when you said you would and their anxieties will ease.

    5. "What book do you think your teacher will read when you get to school this morning?"

    Find out what happens first in your child's school day and help them mentally transition to that task. In a Montessori school, the children choose their own work, so you might ask about which work your child plans to do first.

    If they're in a more traditional school, find an aspect of the school morning they enjoy and talk about that.

    Thinking about the whole school day can seem daunting, but helping your child focus on a specific thing that will happen can make it seem more manageable.

    6. "Do you think Johnny will be there today?"

    Remind your child of the friends they will see when they get to school.

    If you're not sure who your child is bonding with, ask the teacher. On the way to school, talk about the children they can expect to see and try asking what they might do together.

    If your child is new to the school, it might help to arrange a playdate with a child in their class to help them form strong relationships.

    7. "That's a hard feeling. Tell me about it."

    While school drop-off is not the time to wallow in the hard feelings of not wanting to go to school, if your child brings up concerns after school or on the weekend, take some time to listen to them.

    Children can very easily be swayed by our leading questions, so keep your questions very general and neutral so that your child can tell you what they're really feeling.

    They may reveal that they just miss you while they're gone, or may tell you that a certain person or kind of work is giving them anxiety.

    Let them know that you empathize with how they feel, but try not to react too dramatically. If you think there is an issue of real concern, talk to the teacher about it, but your reaction can certainly impact the already tentative feelings about going to school.

    8. "What can we do to help you feel better?"

    Help your child brainstorm some solutions to make them more comfortable with going to school.

    Choose a time at home when they are calm. Get out a pen and paper to show that you are serious about this.

    If they miss you, would a special note in their pocket each morning help? If another child is bothering them, what could they say or who could they ask for help? If they're too tired in the morning, could an earlier bedtime make them feel better?

    Make it a collaborative process, rather than a situation where you're rescuing them, to build their confidence.

    9. "What was the best part of your school day?"

    Choose a time when your child is not talking about school and start talking about your day. Tell them the best part of your day, then try asking about the best part of their day. Practice this every day.

    It's easy to focus on the hardest parts of an experience because they tend to stick out in our minds. Help your child recognize that, even if they don't always want to go, there are likely parts of school they really enjoy.

    10. "I can't wait to go to the park together when we get home."

    If your child is having a hard time saying goodbye, remind them of what you will do together after you pick them up from school.

    Even if this is just going home and making dinner, what your child likely craves is time together with you, so help them remember that it's coming.

    It is totally normal for children to go through phases when they don't want to go to school. If you're concerned, talk to your child's teacher and ask if they seem happy and engaged once they're in the classroom.

    To your child, be there to listen, to help when you can, and to reassure them that their feelings are natural and that they are so capable of facing the challenges of the school day, even when it seems hard.

    Back to School

    Yes, a shower can be self-care—here's how to level it up

    Some seasons of life can make you feel like you have no time for self-care, so here's how you can make an everyday activity a luxury.

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    Over the course of the last several years, "self-care" has become not only a buzzword, but also a daily requirement for personal fulfillment. And while self-care is important, it loses its appeal when it feels like a chore, or yet another item on a never-ending To Do list. I have a one-year-old son and a three-year-old daughter. I work full-time, and I do not have full-time childcare. As a result, like many parents, free time is the stuff of fairy tales.

    Instead of beating myself up over my inability to get to the nail salon or to schedule a monthly massage, I decided to redefine self-care—to be grateful for the little moments, to elevate them. In the seasons of life where you can't figure out how to fit "self-care" in—or when trying to fit it in causes more stress—choose to relish the small escapes. After all, the intent of self-care is to feel better, to improve your overall health, to fill your cup so you can help to fill others. When the act of scheduling self-care puts more weight on your shoulders, it defeats the purpose.

    I can't tell you how many articles I've read that say a shower—basic hygiene—shouldn't qualify as self-care, and I do understand that sentiment.

    However, on the days, weeks, or even months where you can't find hour-long blocks of scheduled "me time," why not embrace your shower as an act of self-care?



    In all honesty, my nightly shower after my kids go to sleep is beyond. I look forward to it. I set the mood and bask in 10-15 minutes of silence and pampering. Here are some of my tried-and-true tips to boost your shower:


    • Light a candle: What is it about the simple act of lighting a candle that sets the mood? I recently received a South Candle from my MIL, and the dreamy summer scent has me reaching for it again and again.
    • Use a dry brush: I jumped on the dry brushing trend a few years ago and never looked back. Right before I shower, I use a dry brush on my body to exfoliate and improve lymphatic drainage.
    • Hang eucalyptus: Visit your local florist, and buy a bundle of fresh eucalyptus. In addition to its spa-esque scent, eucalyptus boasts multiple healing effects, like promoting stress-relief and improving mental health.
    • Cleanse: Indie Lee's Brightening Cleanser smells delicious and is a great addition to anyone's summer skincare routine. This vegan and plant-based formula leaves my skin looking bright and firm.
    • Splurge: It's not cheap, but Tata Harper's smoothing body scrub buffs and polishes your skin, leaving it smooth, glowing, and in my case — ready to hit the sheets!
    • Moisturize: Post-shower, use your favorite moisturizer. I love Alba Botanica's very emollient unscented original body lotion — it's super hydrating and gentle on sensitive skin without an overwhelming fragrance.
    • Enhance your skin while you catch some z's: Glow Recipe's Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask completes my nightly skincare routine. It smells like candy, and I wake up with soft, dewy skin.

    Moral of the story? For busy parents, your nightly shower is a special occasion, so don't save the good products for another day—use them now!

    Elevating the little moments and being creative carries over to all other areas of your life as well. Can't make it to a barre class? Slide into bridge pose while on the floor with the kiddos and do some hip raises. Turn a dance party into a quick HIIT workout with some squat jumps. Take the kiddos for a walk and pop in your airpods. Fresh air, movement, and a podcast fuels my soul. Having trouble finding a sitter for date night? Enhance your "Netflix and chill" with restaurant-quality cocktails, fancy popcorn, and a bougie dessert.

    In certain seasons of life, recognize self-care in the little moments. It's not worth stressing about your inability to practice an idealistic—and unrealistic—self-care routine. Instead, find the moment, elevate it, and enjoy it.

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    Kate Hudson says she's not done having kids—here's how she knows

    Hudson shared her reason for considering baby number four....and it's pretty relatable to fellow toddler mamas.

    For many parents deciding how many children to have isn't an easy one. Mama of three Kate Hudson welcomed her baby girl Rani Rose in 2018 and has two older sons, 16-year-old Ryder Russell and 8-year-old Bingham Hawn. Her family is beautiful, but it may not be complete.

    "I don't know if I'm done yet," Hudson said during a recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

    Hudson shared her reason for considering baby number four....and it's pretty relatable to fellow toddler mamas.

    "Right now, Rani's in that place where you're like, 'I want another baby,'" Hudson explained. "But once she gets like four, five, you're like, 'I feel like my life is kinda back a little bit. They're kind of in a groove.' There's, like, a window."

    There totally is a window, and it's 18 to 59 months, according to data from the CDC. More than half of the siblings born in recent years have an age gap between 18 months (1.5 years) and 59 months (4.91 years).

    In this way, Hudson is pretty out of the ordinary as she's had longer interpregnancy intervals than most American moms with her first three kids. The gap between her sons is 89 months and the gap between her middle child and her youngest is 87 months.

    According to the data, women in Hudson's current age group (30-44) are more likely to have longer interpregnancy intervals than younger moms, but only 20% of interpregnancy intervals are over 60 months.

    Hudson's revelation about her family size came as she spoke to Ellen alongside her brother, Oliver Hudson to promote their new podcast, Sibling Revelry. The brother/sister duo also chatted about parenthood. Both have three children...but something may happen to break the tie.

    "He raises children really easily. It's his best work, he's the best dad," Hudson says of her brother, who is a dad to Wilder, Bodhi and Rio. When asked if the siblings would keep having children until one of them "wins," they have two different answers.

    "I have a feeling I'm probably going to end up winning," she said, adding that she's not sure she feels done at three.

    Oliver won't be competing against his sister if she chooses to have another baby: He is, by his own admission, happy with three kids (because he's not in "the window"—his kids are 6, 9 and 12).

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