How A Cookie Changed My Fate!...
"Eat your dinner, Ashton, I made something just for you that I know you'll like!" I said brightly...
"No, Mommy, I don't want it," came the response for my then three-year-old son. I could feel the panic starting to set in... I know you can probably relate.
What if he won't eat? If he won't eat, he won't sleep, which means WE won't sleep. I started to bid farewell to my night of precious sleep...
And that's how it went, until my husband suddently got up from the table, walked to the pantry and came back with a Lazy Susan and a cookie. I looked at him, confused. He placed the Lazy Susan smack in the center of the table with the cookie on the tray in the 12 o'clock position to Ashton...
"Ashton, do you know what this is?" he asked.
"This is a Cookie Clock. I will place the cookie at the top of the clock, and for every bite you take, the cookie will get closer to you. Once it gets in front of you, it's yours to eat. But if you don't eat your dinner then the cookie is mine."
Ashton smiled because now dinner had become a game with a tasty reward at the end. After that, dinner was a snap...
I looked at my husband incredulously... my first thought was, you are the most brilliant person in the world! But my immediate second thought was, Hmm, I wonder how many other moms are in this exact scenario RIGHT NOW and how many of them would love to have this little trick up their sleeves right now!
For weeks afterward, I kept noticing how many times I was improvising according to the situation and creating great solutions at the same time -- my growing arsenal of what I began referring to as "Mom Secrets."
See, up until then, all the parenting books on the market were either clinical, hard to read, downright SCARY, or just completely unrelatable from my vantage point of a new mother who needed real life solutions for RIGHT NOW!
I'll never forget one of those frightening mom moments at 3 a.m...
Lying in bed next to my sleeping husband and my finally back-to-sleep baby breathing softly over the monitor, I suddenly felt frozen by an urgent sense of self-doubt.
What if I'm doing this all wrong?
How would I know? Is it too late? Have I ruined everything already?
The pressure and responsibility of raising a child in this world is unbelievable. Every day (sometimes every minute) delivers new challenges that require fast thinking and immediate action, or superpowers...
Those mortal mom enemies of Danger and Uncertainty lurk around every corner, and there's no time for second-guessing in the heat of battle.
Moms often hear things like, "There's no playbook for parenting" and "You just have to go with your instincts and hope you get it right."
Gosh. No wonder we get anxious!
We all know at least one mother who seems to have been blessed with mommy superpowers and...
We all want to be Supermoms... But is it realistic?
Lying in bed that night I yearned to call my best girlfriend and ask her how she had done it so well, and how I would know if I was doing OK... and how to avoid making horrible mistakes that would affect my child's life forever...
Suddenly, a mission called to me so strongly I couldn't sleep. I thought about my son, growing, learning and trying to figure out the world around him. Through his rapid growth changes and mental development, I knew it was only going to get more challenging to teach him, guide him, and explain confusing situations and events to him.
That's when it hit me... we moms need each other!
So I interviewed other moms and got the scoop, and put it all in here! What could be better than a guidebook (approved by our pediatrician) for helping us moms anticipate surprises and see exactly what those "supermoms" would do, without needing to call and ask at three in the morning -- or anytime we need it?
An easy access guide based on years of experience passed along from mom to mom... That is the guide I'm proud to present you with today.
Secrets of the Super Mom hands you the best tips, secrets and quick fixes real moms use to look, act and feel invincible, even in the face of three-alarm chaos.
I also go deep to divulge the intimate details of how I overcame miscarriage, anxiety, and feelings of hopelessness to find a peaceful balance between Motherhood, marriage, and the all-too-forgotten "me time" that is so crucial to your sanity.
From what to pack in your hospital bag to dropping that extra baby weight, and everything in between, this two-part series has you covered through every simple step to looking, feeling, and acting like a true superhero mom.