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What your zodiac sign says about your parenting style 💫

When you’re becoming a parent for the first time, so much is unknown: Will you be the confident mom who doesn’t second-guess her decisions or the one who stays up at night to overthink things for the third time? Will you have strict expectations for your children’s behavior or encourage them to find their own ways? Will you be the mom who sets up playdates with carefully crafted snack options for the kids or the one who can barely make school drop-off in time?


With so many variables, it would sure be nice to have some hint as to how you’ll parent—and understanding your zodiac sign may help.

“Astrology allows a symbolic way to understand yourself,” popular YouTube astrologer Nadiya Shah tells Motherly. “It’s an opportunity to consider who you are, and be honest with yourself about your strengths and weaknesses.”

The benefit to knowing this is that you can really lean into your powers, parenting coach and astrologer Tara Vogel tells Motherly.

“If you do your sign well, you’ll feel confident and a strong sense of vigor and vitality in your life—quite important to do the tough job of being a mom,” Vogel says.

Regardless of whether you’re an astrology skeptic or a believer, there is something undeniably fun about considering just what your sun sign may reveal about your personality as a parent.

Here are the super powers and downfalls the different zodiac signs may offer moms:

Aries (March 21 to April 19)

The first sign in the Western astrological order, the symbol of a ram is well-suited to the Aries mom—who is likely passionate and determined to help her children excel.

The Aries mama should just be careful not to make all the decisions for her children. Shah says, “They may need to watch an emphasis on competitiveness, or being too ‘all in’, as children will benefit from figuring some things out on their own.”

To feel balanced in her own life, the Aries mama should also be aware of when she’s on the edge of burning out, Vogel adds.

“As an Aries mom, you have so much drive, focus and ambition, just don’t let it—or that competitive feistiness—get the best of you,” Vogel says. “You need lots of physical activity to feel balanced.”

Taurus (April 20 to May 20)

Although the Taurus symbol is a bull, the typical mama born in late April or early May likely won’t take any of it thanks to their focused and goal-oriented personalities.

But, when those goals are met, Taurus moms are quick to shower their children with rewards. Shah adds, “The key here is to ensure the intrinsic value of the task, doing something for the inherent reward of it being a job well done.”

Thanks to those strong work-ethics, Taurus mamas may also be prone to getting down on themselves when things don’t go their way. But Vogel explains the earth and music are two of the Taurus mama’s “biggest teachers,” so it may help to break out of the funk by going on a walk or listening to a favorite song.

Gemini (May 21 to June 20)

Gemini moms will be the first to get down and engage in playtime with their children and love nothing more than good, connecting conversations with their kids.

Although Vogel says the Gemini mom will never struggle to have a fun time with her kids, she does need to remember the parent’s job is also to provide structure. She adds, “Give them predictability, boundaries and use lots of your patience with them and you’ll reap the benefits.”

Cancer (June 21 to July 22)

It’s no coincidence if many of the mamas in your baby-wearing group have the Cancer sign as they value attachment the most of all zodiac signs.

“They throw themselves into the role and are the most likely to strongly identify with their role as a parent,” she says. “But they actually make better moms when they maintain some sense of independence and of themselves. Strive not to take being a mom so seriously, and it’ll be a more enjoyable journey.”

Vogel adds that while being a mama may come very natural to those born under the Cancer sign, it’s essential to still give those bear cubs a little space to explore.

Leo (July 23 to August 22)

Leo mamas are likely to thrive in the role—as long as they recognize parenting is about more than holding power. “Ultimately, approaching parenting with some humility will allow them to see how your child is teaching you as much as you are them,” Shah explains.

To find that balance, Vogel recommends taking time to recharge and step back from parenting on a daily basis. And as a sign that soaks up the sun, she suggests aiming to get outdoors as often as possible.

Virgo (August 23 to September 22)

Virgo moms have incredible memories and attention to detail—with the pitfall coming when they get too focused on small matters.

“Either you have your family on a very efficient schedule or you get caught up in judging yourself harshly against other moms and how they manage their families and feel like you’re always falling short,” Vogel says. “It’s helpful to lighten up by going with the flow as often as you can.”

Virgo moms should also take care to give grace to others in their lives. “You have high standards for yourself that other moms don’t have,” Vogel adds. “ Just don’t get into the trap of judging them for it. Celebrate your own desire for quality and excellence.”

Libra (September 23 to October 22)

Libra moms don’t have to try hard to see the beauty in the world. It’s just the matter of keeping daily operations moving that may be a challenge.

“Libra moms enjoy creating a serene and beautiful environment for their children. They might be inclined towards creating memorable, social moments,” Shah says. “While these things do matter, consider how the nitty gritty has it own beauty as well.”

You’re also likely to have a solid relationship—as Vogel says Libra moms thrive in partnerships as long as they still remember to stand up for themselves.

Scorpio (October 23 to November 21)

Scorpio mamas are in it to win it—just like in all aspects of life. But when it comes to parenting, a mama born under the Scorpio sign has the advantage of intuition.

“You have a lot of strength and will power which will serve you well as you navigate the ins and outs of motherhood,” Vogel explains. “You’re not afraid to have those tough conversations with your kids—think changing bodies and sex.”

She cautions not to take things too seriously, adding, “A gift you can give children and ultimately yourself is to ease up on the need to want to control things. “

Sagittarius (November 22 to December 21)

A Sagittarius mama has probably always liked to follow the rules and now expects the same of her children. “This is wonderful, but at the same time, be mindful not to be too dogmatic in your thinking or your rules,” Shah says. “Morality is about wrong and right, and doesn’t have to follow a specific set of rules as its only expression.”

At the same time, you’re probably a fan of spontaneity and fun. Your children are bound to have amazing memories from the travel and unique experiences you’ve shared.

Capricorn (December 22 to January 19)

Capricorn moms will be the first to wish for more hours in the day—as they are extremely ambitious and eager to check all items off the to-do list. When it comes to parenting, this can set an impossible pace, so be sure to schedule in some downtime.

“You may find yourself worrying about things more often than feels good to you. You are pretty hard on yourself,” Vogel says. “Getting outside and putting your bare feet on the earth can be restorative and help you to relax.  Just know, Capricorn mama, that you are doing a much better job than you think you are!”

Aquarius (January 20 to February 18)

Prone to eccentricities and thinking outside the box, a mom born under the Aquarius sign will encourage her kids to chase their wildest dreams.

“They key here is to ensue your child also feels a sense of stability in their process,” Shah says. “There are times when you’ll have to embrace being the boss, while finding the balance between setting the rules and explaining the value of them to your children.”

Pisces (February 19 to March 20)

Creative Pisces moms will never struggle to come up with amazing bedtime stories or to foster deep connections with their kids—so be sure to feed that sense of imagination on a regular basis. (Not hard with kids!)

Vogel advises not to get too lost in the role of parenting, as alone time is also essential to Pisces moms.

“If you don’t do this on a regular basis, you’ll feel the need to escape into something that may not really serve you—think chocolate, wine, shopping or Facebook,” she says. “Prioritizing self-care is important for a Piscan mama and will teach your kids so much by seeing their mom tend to her delicate and beautiful self.”

Each of the 12 zodiac signs offer unique strengths to mamas—so at the very least, let this be another reminder of how amazing you are!

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When a baby is born, for many families, the vacations stop. And while it can be intimidating to get out and just go with a little one in tow, with the right preparation, family vacations can be a rewarding, memorable experience for everyone.

All it takes to make your next adventure a success is a little planning―and a great, grab-and-go carrier like a BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Air. Simply pop your little one into the breathable mesh carrier, secure the straps, and you're ready to take on your destination like a pro―all while providing a fresh perspective for your baby or toddler (it's suitable for children up to age three!).

Next, pick your destination. Thanks to easy-to-access beaches, a host of incredible museums, and a variety of outdoor and indoor activities, Chicago is a popular vacation hot spot for families year-round.

Not sure where to start? Leyla Tran, Chicago native and blogger behind Second City Mom, filled us in on her favorite kid-friendly spots around the Windy City.


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Leyla Tran, with her husband and twins at Chicago's Garfield Park Conservatory in front of one of her favorite features.

Chicago Children's Museum
Sure, you'll have to battle a throng of tourists to get through Navy Pier most times of year, but it's worth it to reach this gem. From a dinosaur dig to arts and crafts areas, there's something to satisfy every interest at the Children's Museum. Plus, you can face baby out in the BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier One Air so there will be plenty to hold their attention while they ride along! Check the museum's calendar to find out what special events and exhibits are open during your visit.

Garfield Park Conservatory
If you're visiting during the colder months, the Garfield Park Conservatory is the city's largest botanical conservatory. It's a great place to explore, play, and learn indoors during the Midwestern winter months. To get around hassle-free, check the stroller and take in the sights hands-free with the Baby Carrier One Air. You can carry bigger babies on your back starting at 12 months old. "My favorite thing at the conservatory may not be all the plants but the mosaic fountain in the Horticulture Hall, which was gifted to the city of Chicago from sister city, Casablanca," Tran says.

The Sod Room
Speaking of indoor activities, The Sod Room is another great indoor playspace located in the South Loop neighborhood where the design, toys, and activities are all put together with the Earth in mind. "The play space teaches kids to be creative to reuse things and the importance of being eco-friendly," Tran says. "There are so many different events for parents, caregivers, and kids to enjoy throughout the week such as baby yoga and music concert."

Galt Baby

While you probably won't get to do as much shopping on the Miracle Mile as you might without littles in tow, you should try to squeeze in a visit to Galt Baby for any must-haves. From travel gear (like the Carrier One!) to replacement sippy cups should yours get lost (the horror!), Galt Baby has you covered on the go.

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Leyla Tran with her family in front of the iconic Cloudgate at Millennium Park.

Millennium Park

A trip to Chicago isn't really complete until you've taken a family selfie at the Bean. And while you're there, take advantage of the cultural events, exhibitions, and landscape design (hello, wide open spaces for toddlers to run!). Many events are free, so be sure to visit the park's website to find out what's on the calendar. "Although it is a tourist destination, we love it as locals because there is so much to do here from summer concerts to fun kids events," Tran says. "From the iconic Cloudgate (AKA, the Bean) to Crown Fountain to the Lurie Garden, there's something for everyone in our family. Our six-year-old son loves Crown Fountain, with the changing faces on the LED screens waiting for the water to spray out."

Harold Washington Library

The Harold Washington Library is a book worm's dream, no matter your age. Explore the Children's Library, which is broken up into "neighborhoods" based on age with an interactive puppet stage, STEAM-based activities, a digital media center, and more. Parents will love the indoor Winter Garden (with free wifi!) and taking in the local art throughout the library. Let your little one fall asleep in the Baby Carrier One Air while you enjoy the interior architecture—quietly.

Seasonal festivals

From holiday markets to beerfests to parades, there are seasonal activities to take advantage of year-round in Chicago―and many are free! Check the city's calendar during your trip to find out what's available. With so many wearing options on the Baby Carrier One, little ones from newborn to 3 years can stay close while you stroll, sip, or shop. Partner it with the Cover for Baby Carrier and baby will stay warm in all seasons.

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Little Beans Cafe

All the best family vacations start off with a little caffeination. We love Little Beans Cafe because it doubles as an indoor playground for kids, meaning parents get to enjoy a good cup of coffee while kids get to play and learn. "We've had so many fun playdates here with our first child that we're looking forward to more playdates with the twins," Tran says. "It's a great place for new moms to meet during the week."

Giordano's
If you go to Chicago and don't eat deep dish pizza, did you ever really go? Don't take the chance. Book a table at Giordano's and indulge in a slice of Chicago's finest slice. Besides, how often is the local delicacy something you don't have to beg your kids to eat?


Making the time for travel is one of the greatest gifts you can give your family―and yourself. And thanks to BabyBjörn, now everyone can come along for the ride.

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There's so much noise.

All. The. Time.

It feels like it's 24 hours, 7 days a week.

There's whining, crying, chatting, banging, tapping, scratching, singing, buzzing, yelling, snoring, crunching, schlopping, chewing, slurping, stomping, clapping, singing, laughing.

There's sound machines with crashing waves coming at me around every corner. There's a baby (doll) crying, and then my real baby crying. There's toys going off even when no one is playing with them.

There's requests, questions, demands, negotiations, plans, adventures, stories, performances—at all times.

There's ringing phones, alarms going off, voicemails, television theme songs (Daniel Tiger, I'm looking at you), Moana and Sing soundtracks playing. There's random loud videos playing when you're scrolling through Facebook and think you have your phone on silent.

I even hear things when there's nothing to be heard. Like the baby crying when I'm in the shower and she's sleeping. Like a bang from someone falling when everyone is fine. Like Imagine Dragon's 'Thunder' when it's not even on but it's stuck in my head because my daughter has requested to play it over and over and over.

At times, it makes me feel like I am going crazy. Like my brain doesn't work because I can't think clearly because the noise is all-encompassing.

This noise, paired with the never-ending, running-forever list of things to do in my head is one of the areas of motherhood that is hard for me. Really, really hard. It triggers my anxiety more than anything else does.

Sometimes, I just want to sit in silence. Alone. Not listening to anything or anyone.

Sometimes, I just want to hear myself think.

Sometimes, I just want the whining to stop.

Sometimes, I just want the brain fog to go away and never come back.

But what I've realized is that this is part of motherhood. Of my journey. Because, I have three children and it's never going to be quiet.

I need to get used to the noise, embrace the noise and know when I need to step back and take a break from the noise.

And I am used to the noise on some level.

I function fairly well on a daily basis getting work done and to-do lists checked off and taking care of my (loud, but wonderful) children. When all of the noise is overwhelming me, I've gotten into the habit of taking deep breaths and focusing on my task at hand.

It's not perfect, but it's something.

And I can definitely embrace the noise—especially the lovely noises of childhood.

Because when I think about it—is there anything better than hearing my 4-year-old belt out 'Thunder'?

Is there anything better than hearing my 2-year-old giggle uncontrollably?

Is there anything better than hearing the coos of my 3-month-old?

Is there anything better than hearing one of my daughters say "I love you, Mama"? Or "See you later, alligator"?

Is there anything better than hearing cheers from my kids to celebrate their siblings' accomplishment? ("Lucy went potty! Yay!")

Is there anything better than hearing your preschooler say "sh-sh-shhhhh" over and over to soothe her newborn sister like she sees her parents doing?

No, nothing is better. Not even silence.

But there will be days when it feels like it's too much. And I just want to say—

It's okay.

It's okay to want to sit in silence.

It's okay to look forward to the quiet that nighttime offers.

It's okay to admit to ourselves that sometimes the noise is too much.

And it's normal.

Our brains can only handle so much at one time. So, be gentle on yourself, mama. I know I'm trying.

I am learning to recognize when I need to step back and take a break from the noise.

I stay up late sometimes to enjoy the quiet—to listen to my thoughts.

I wake up early sometimes—to meditate and look inward.

I plan "me time" outside of the house—to spend time with myself and decide on choosing noise or not.

I hop in the shower when my husband gets home—to hand over the noise for a while and enjoy only the sound of rushing water.

There are moments of motherhood that challenge me—mind, body and soul. The constant noise is one of them. But these challenges will never beat me. I love being my children's mother too much.

So on the days when the noise is taking over, know that you're not alone. And know that peace and quiet is potentially just a shower away.


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This past year, I was diagnosed with depression. I was fighting what I believed to be a stubborn case of PPD. I thought things would get better as my baby grew, when I wasn't postpartum anymore. I was in denial, not receiving any kind of help, and definitely not getting any better.

Finally, I sought out help from a doctor and was diagnosed with clinical depression and am now receiving treatment. Part of this treatment involved visiting with a therapist for the first time in my life in hopes of combating the powerful force of negativity that has insidiously planted itself inside my mind.

I learned something significant in that meeting: that my thoughts were caused by something that was physically going wrong inside of my brain. Deep down, I believed I had been allowing the darkness—that it, too, was my fault. I found hope in that meeting, the hope of rewiring my brain.

I now know there are steps I can take to change how I think, to find the true me again. That is why I am going to take better care of myself this year. In fact, that's the only resolution I care to make.

My therapist advised me to do an exercise that's proven difficult for me. I literally have positive affirmations about myself taped to my bathroom mirror. My sarcastic side really fights this. I envision that I'm wearing a colorful collared shirt or sweater combination (a la Stuart Smalley) as I repeat these mantras to myself. The truth is they're a powerful counterbalance to the way I normally think about who I am.

Most people struggle with this at one time or another. I think we could all benefit from practicing a little self-love.

So for this year, I resolve not to make any resolutions about losing weight. I am at a healthy weight, and although I would love to re-lose the 10 pounds I lost when I began depression medication, I will instead resolve to replace the negative thoughts I have about my body with healthy ones.

My critical observations regarding my body began very early for me, as they do for most women. It may take some time, but I'm going to work on appreciating my body for what it can do, instead of worrying about how it appears to others.

I resolve to be the best mom I can be. And that is only possible when I work on taking better care of myself. For many years, I've devoted myself completely to my children, believing it was best for them. But you can't pull water from an empty well, and this past year my well went dry.

I resolve to take more breaks, indulge in some mental health days, and spend more quality time with my family.

Society is hard on mothers, so I'm going to pull a Taylor Swift, and "shake it off." I will ignore the negative commentators who feel compelled to troll my writings. I will look to the positive instead of dwelling on the negative.

I will support and seek to uplift other mothers. We should be each other's biggest fans, not harshest critics. I will stand up for those who are belittled, judged, or misunderstood.

I resolve to let go of past mistakes and less than perfect parenting moments. I will seek to learn from the past instead of dwelling on it. I will work on treating myself with more kindness, moving forward in hopes that my three boys will learn from my example and speak kindly toward themselves.

I will continue my treatment—even the daily affirmations—and be patient with my progress.

So here's to a new year and a new way of thinking, to not giving up, and to practicing kindness that begins from within.

One of the best—or worst—parts of the holiday season is taking our littles to get their pictures with Santa. Some kids relish in those few minutes of telling Santa Claus exactly what they want under their tree, while others are terrified and hate every second of it. Either way, it usually makes for some adorable photos to look back on over the years.

We asked #TeamMotherly to share their best Santa pics. With nearly 700 responses, it was hard to pare down our favorites. Here are some that we adored.

1. Pure happiness

—Aimee R.

2. A magical look

—Jen L.

3. Everyone is a bit unsure...

—Holly H.

4. The cutest elves

—Julia V.

5. A sweet encounter

—Rosanne S.

6. A little bit of drama

—Besty P.

7. Santa cuddles each year, please

—Chelsey S.

8. Mama said she cried after she took a good look at him 😂

—Chantille B.

9. Third time isn't always the charm

—Gina M.

10. Playing in the snow

—Liz T.

11. SO much excitement

—Ieena S.

12. Nope

—Melissa H.

13. She definitely made the 'nice' list

—Janesa N.

14. Mama, no!

—Jenny S.

15. One mama's heart grew by three sizes this year

—Melanie R.

16. Two loved this, two hated it

—Rose E.

17. This baby was happier than Santa

—Angelica A.

18. A precious encounter

—Stacy B.

19. "I'm only here for the cookie." 🍪

—Laura R.

20. Two Santas are better than one

—Menakshi S.

The temperatures are dropping and that can only mean one thing. Whether we like it or not, winter's cold chilly months are upon us. As a born-and-raised Alaskan, and mama of three, I've got a lot of cold weather experience under my belt, and staying inside half the year just isn't an option for us. As my husband likes to say, "There's no bad weather, just bad gear."

Here are some of my favorite picks to keep your family toasty warm this winter.


1. Bear bunting

This sherpa bear bunting wins winter wear MVP for being a comfy snowsuit for your littlest babe, or base-layer under another snowsuit for the chilliest of winter outings. Bonus: your baby bear will never look cuter!

Sherpa Hooded Bunting, Carter's, $15.20

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2. Patagonia Capilene base-layers

Speaking of base-layers, for any prolonged winter activity outside in the cold, it's best to layer up to create air pockets of warmth. These moisture wicking base-layers are a family favorite.

Baby Capilene Bottoms, Back Country, $29.00

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3. Arctix Kids limitless overall bib

These adjustable snow pants keep kids warm and the bib style keeps snow from going down the back of their pants. Bonus: the price is excellent for the quality and they can grow with your child. The Velcro strap also makes bathroom breaks for kids so much easier.

Arctix Kids Limitless Overall Bib, Amazon, $14.99-$49.99

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4. Hooded frost-free long jacket

Keep your little one warm and stylish in this long puffer jacket. Great for everyday outings.

Hooded Frost-Free Long Jacket, Old Navy, $35.00

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5. Patagonia reversible jacket

This jacket is windproof, waterproof and the built-in hood means one less piece of gear to worry about (or one more layer for your little one's head). It's a best buy if you live with cold winter temperatures for many months of the year and still love to get outside to play. It also stays in great condition for hand-me-downs to your next kid.

Reversible Down Sweater Hoodie, Nordstrom, $119.00

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6. Under Armour Decatur water repellent jacket

Made of waterproof fabric and lined with great insulation, kids will no doubt stay warm—and dry—in this. It features plenty of pockets, too, so mama doesn't always have to hold onto their items. We love that the UGrow system allows sleeves to grow a couple inches.

UA Decatur Water Repellent Jacket, Nordstrom, $155.00

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7. Stonz mittens

Ever tried to keep gloves on a 1-year-old? It's a tough task, but these gloves make it a breeze with a wide opening and two adjustable toggles for a snug fit they can't pull off! Warm and waterproof, and come in sizes from infant to big kids.

Stonz Mittz, Amazon, $39.99

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8. Sorel toot pack boot

Keep their little toes warm with these cozy boots from Sorel. With insulated uppers and waterproof bottoms their feet are sure to stay warm. They're well constructed and hold up over time, making them a great hand-me-down option for your family.

Sorel Kids' Yoot Boot, Amazon, $48.73-$175.63

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9. Stonz baby boots

These Stonz stay-on-baby booties do just as their name says and stay on their feet. No more searching for one boot in the grocery store parking lot!

Stonz Three Season Stay-On Baby Booties, Amazon, $29.99-$50.29

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