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“Mothers are kind and soft and brave and powerful."

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⭐️ Mothers are rock stars. Let's recognize it, and let's demand that the world acknowledge it, too. Here are 11 ways we can increase the world's honor and respect for all things maternal. Step 1: You're amazing. Own it.

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How you'll feel when you break out as a mom entrepreneur. Jill Salzman of The Founding Moms has helped thousands of women make the leap to entrepreneur, and has some pretty awesome insights on what makes mothers such great business owners. Hint—we're used to adjusting to anything life throws our way (dirty diapers, payroll, you know: the usual.)

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What, like it's hard?

☝️What to tell yourself when you're thinking of having another baby. The average American mother today has 2.4 kids (we've always wondered about that .4 percent of a child. . .). But when you're asking yourself if you can handle another baby, take a breath, and read what Danielle Leeds Kim has to say about welcoming her second. Long story short: YOU GOT THIS.

Some like it hot

Okay, everyone likes it hot. But keeping sex spicy with little kids around can be complicated. (See also: We're tired.) So we're sharing 10 ways to keep sex spontaneous, exciting and x-rated—even when small people call you 'mom.'

Go get 'em girl.

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Motherhood is a practice in learning, growing and loving more than you ever thought possible. Even as a "veteran" mama of four young sons and one newly adopted teenager, Jalyssa Richardson enthusiastically adapts to whatever any given day has in store—a skill she says she's refined through the years.

Here's what just one day in her life looks like:


Jalyssa says she learned to embrace agility throughout her motherhood journey. Here's more from this incredible mama of five boys.

What is the most challenging part of your day as a mom of five?

Time management! I want to meet each of the boys' individual needs—plus show up for myself—but I often feel like someone gets overlooked.

What's the best part of being a mom of five?

The little moments of love. The hugs, the kisses, the cuddles, the smiles... they all serve as little reminders that I am blessed and I'm doing okay.

Are there misconceptions about raising boys?

There are so many misconceptions about raising boys. I think the biggest one is that boys don't have many emotions and they're just so active all the time. My boys display many emotions and they also love to be sweet and cuddly a lot of the time.

What do you think would surprise people the most about being a mom of five?

How much I enjoy it. I never knew I wanted to be a mom until I was pregnant with my first. My desire only grew and the numbers did! I am surprised with every single baby as my capacity to love and nurture grows. It's incredible.

How do you create balance and make time for yourself?

Balance for me looks like intentional planning and scheduling because I never want my boys to feel like they aren't my first priority, but it is extremely difficult. What I try to do is not fit it all into one day. I have work days because motherhood is my first priority. I fit in segments of self-care after the kids' bedtime so I don't grow weary.

What's the biggest lesson you have learned from motherhood?

I have learned that sacrifice is actually beautiful. I was terrified of the selflessness motherhood would require, but I've grown so much through the sacrifice. There is nothing better than living for something bigger than myself.

When did you first feel like a mom? How has your motherhood evolved?

I first felt like a mom when I was pregnant with my first son and I intentionally chose to change my eating habits so my body could be strong and healthy for him. I didn't have to think twice—I just did what I thought would be best for him. That decision being so effortless made me realize I was made for motherhood.

My perspective has changed with each baby as I've realized motherhood doesn't have to be one-size-fits-all. With my first son, I was a by-the-book mama and it was so stressful. With each baby, I have felt more freedom and it has made motherhood so much more beautiful. I have evolved into the mother that they need, I am perfect for these boys.

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