A Mom to Mom Manifesto…

6-9_Shelias_Blog_QuestionWe all experience judgment. Whether we’re passing it or on the receiving end, the day-to-day critiques are real, and at times, damaging.

Our global parenting expert Katie takes a step back and evaluates the different kinds of judgment moms often see and experience, before they even get to know each other.

Read more here about the day-to-day critiques many moms experience. What would you add?

Inspiring Moms & their Indiegogo Stories!

In honor of Mother’s Day, we collaborated with Indiegogo Life to showcase mothers who have brought their friends and family together in meaningful ways to make big things happen! Sites like Indiegogo Life and BigTent are giving parents, and mothers in particular, new ways to interact and collaborate for bigger things…moms can simply launch a fundraiser through Indiegogo Life! It’s providing new ways for mothers to make connections, both online and offline—something that can often be difficult for very busy parents.

Below are a few women we admire and short stories of how they were able to use BigTent and Indiegogo for the greater good.  Indiegogo Life, a free fundraising site for life events powered by Indiegogo and BigTent by Care.com, an online destination for local parenting groups with thousands of members.

Karen 1When Karen first moved to Napa, California, she was overwhelmed by the many options available for preschool, but now, she’s been able to connect with other mothers online and truly carve out her place in a new town. “It’s definitely providing a connection for moms who aren’t familiar and that’s the point of the organization to help people feel a little less alone. Being a mom is tough and it’s a little tougher when you feel like you don’t have resources or ways to meet people.”

NerissaNerissa‘s daughter was diagnosed with leukemia at a young age and she has been able to reconnect with friends and family nearby and across the country through Indiegogo, as well as forge relationships with two other mothers experiencing the same challenges. Nerissa’s friends and family raised $21,000 on Indiegogo Life after her two year old daughter Mila was diagnosed with leukemia. http://bit.ly/1zJbMEe “Something about knowing that I’d be able to share my story and potentially help other people through their journeys to know that they’re not the only ones going through it, is probably one of the greatest benefits of Indiegogo… Knowing that there’s always someone going through something similar or even something worse, and hoping they can take something positive out of it.”

AundreaAundrea is an inspirational mother who has used the BigTent to connect with the Foster City Parents Club and raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. “It’s like a hand-in-hand thing. Your family and everyone want to give and help other people, and then other people see that you want to help and it’s kind of a cycle.”

SarahSarah is the mother of Hadlie–a young girl diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor–who raised $110,345 to give her daughter as many wonderful experiences as possible before her 4th birthday. She and her husband called it Hadlie’s Bucket List. “The feeling of love and support completely enveloped us and in the worst moment of our lives we found strength. We felt loved by complete strangers half way across the world. Our goal was met within 4 hours. I remember feeling relieved that we would now be able to live everyday we had with Hadlie with no regrets.”

Pregnant? Stressed? Working? Join us!

webinar 1On April 28th from 12-1pm EST, join our experts from Care.com, The Bump, Families and Work Institute, and Massachusetts General Hospital for a dynamic discussion about pregnancy in the workplace.

We’ll tackle topics such as:

  • What steps can expectant mothers take to ensure a healthy pregnancy while at a high-stress job?
  • How can organizations effectively support their working moms-to-be; creating a best in class family-friendly culture?
  • How can female employees advocate for workplace supports and navigate potentially stressful situations, like telling your boss you’re pregnant and planning your maternity leave?

Please share this webinar info with any pregnant, working spouse/partner, family member, friend…or if you are a pregnant employee yourself, this is the webinar for you!

A Letter To My Future Daughter-In-Law

Letter to DILEver wonder if the job you’re doing now will turn your little angel into a responsible adult – or someone else’s slacker? Our team’s Associate Creative Director Holly (and mom of two boys!) wrote a letter to her sons’ future wife, explaining how she made some tough decisions with “her” in mind.

Read Holly’s letter, then we’d love your thoughts…at what point does helping our kids actually hurt who they become in life?