I thought I knew it all. I really thought that because I had done this before, I was going to be fine.
But it wasn’t at all like going back and starting from the beginning. This time mom guilt wasn’t about breastfeeding, it was about splitting my time between my two kids, my husband, and myself. My toddler entered a really challenging hitting phase and there were days when I felt like all I did was yell at him.
I really struggled being present. I constantly worried about what had not yet happened. Which just lead me to live and breathe in my own stress.
I gave it my all. I gave and gave. And I forgot to give to myself. It took me 7 months and 4 trips to the ER after physically becoming ill from stress to realize I couldn’t care for anyone else until I first cared for myself.
This was when the idea for Rae’s Roots was born — but more than that, this was when the platform of putting myself first was brought forth. And it was something that I strongly believed needed to be shared.
My vision of the future of motherhood requires deep empathy.
It doesn’t cater or humor us, but rather validates and appreciates.
It makes us feel safe to be more authentic, no longer worrying that we’ll be rejected or put down.
It gives us room to make mistakes and have setbacks but still inspires us to be better.
This version of motherhood appreciates and accepts.
This is the foundation upon which Rae's Roots was built.
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Joanna Linton Mom. Wife. Founder, Rae’s Roots.
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