May 2017

Editor's Note

Author: Maggie Washo

Mothers deserve more than one day of adulation a year—so we’re giving them the whole month here at CH2 and CB2. This is the biggest salute to moms that we have done to date, and we cover their greatness and self-sacrifice in a number of ways throughout the following pages. My favorite part of this issue was reading the profiles of local mompreneurs on pages 54-70. These ladies are juggling it all—husbands, children, careers—and somehow finding time to stay sane. On the flip side of that, we also cover a very heartfelt piece from Lindsey Stigleman on being a stay-at-home mom and the unique challenges, and stereotypical comments, that come with choosing that path.

Rebecca Edwards reminds parents to take a moment to enjoy all the little things about having little ones, because in the grand scheme of things, it’s a short period of time and gone too quickly (page 79). She also compiled some words of wisdom from local moms (see page 93) for your reading enjoyment. I had a good chuckle when I read Carrie Lamkin’s advice, “Google is evil. Google will tell you that you’re not a good mom. Google does not know your baby any better than you do, and neither does some couch commando on the Internet.”

That got me thinking about my own stay-at-home mom, and some of her advice, and things I’ve learned from just observing her through the years. In the spirit of celebrating mothers this month, I’ll share some of her gems with you:

1. “You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.” In other words, kill them with kindness. Treat others as you would be treated, and you will have an easier path in life. This one is number one, because I really feel if everyone put this into practice every day, the world would be a much better place.

2. “Cover your butt.” This could be taken a few ways, but my mother meant it quite literally. She was all about modesty in dress.

3. “Have fun now, because you might not want to later.” Take advantage of your youth. Don’t wait until you’re 70 to travel; you won’t have the energy and vitality to do everything you want to do once old age comes a knockin’.

4. “No one is a stranger.” My mom can talk to anyone—and I mean anyone. She makes friends in line at the grocery store, with other diners at restaurants and on casual beach walks with Lucy and me. I love this about her. I think people are just drawn to her positive energy and naturally smiling face.

5. “Choose your battles.” This is good advice for anyone in any relationship: mother/ child, husband/wife, employer/employee. There are times to fight for what you believe in, and times to, in the words of Elsa, “Let it go.” Just make sure when you choose to do battle, it’s for a really good reason that’s still going to matter as much 10 years from now. 

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