In business, leaders often analyze our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats through a SWOT analysis. So, if we are going to look at our role as moms as being the greatest leadership opportunity to us, let's start with analyzing ourselves and our kids. Here's the SWOT I developed for my family:
As a doting mother, there are hundreds of strengths that I could put up here for my kids. Their hugs, kisses, bedtime stories and prayers, the fact that they come to me when they're seeking healing from an injury (physical or emotional), the notes and drawings they make for me, their precious hearts when they try to help me or that they've learned how to use the Keurig to bring me coffee in the morning...I could go on and on.
Now, here's the part where we get honest with ourselves. Yes, we love our kids and we love our family (or, hopefully, most of the time), but we are not perfect. Nor should we be perfect. As we analyze ourselves and our families, we hav…
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I've had several requests for another post about breastfeeding. So, here it is!
Before having a baby, I thought that breastfeeding was going to be easy. After all, it's an innate practice of all mammals. How hard can it really be? Now, after seven months of breastfeeding, I can tell you that it is not easy. BUT, the good news is, it gets easier!
As I've mentioned in previous blogs, I had a horrible time beginning with breastfeeding. It was extremely painful and I dreaded nursing times. I felt like a horrible mom. I didn't want to feed my child because I knew the pain that I was going to have to endure. There are moments - through pure exhaustion - when I couldn't control myself and screamed. Thankfully, I had a husband who was supportive and continued to encourage me and provide all of the support that he could in the form of talking to me, rubbing my back and shoulders, and assuring me that things would get better.