Had a blast filling-in on Early TODAY and MSNBC this past week. Outstanding crew and team to be a part of!
I came across a blog post by a mom that was titled “Put on That Swimsuit“.
A couple things happened immediately. I saw a photo, full body, close up, untouched of the mom Jessica laughing on the beach with her kids and it made me smile.
Then about four lines into the blog I wanted to cry.
Jessica talked about the one choice us moms have every summer: To put on a swimsuit or not. Many she points out choose the latter.
How many mom friends do you have that go to the pool with their kiddos but never get in? They might dabble their toes in the water but don’t dare bare the suit because they’re worried about what somebody might think of their body.
“Or they go to the beach, but stay under the umbrella instead of running into the ocean.
“It makes me incredibly sad.” Jessica writes.
Jessica really struck a chord when she talked about how this insecurity is not only a bad message for our children but above all.. makes us miss out on precious moments.
As a blogger myself.. I started to think of my trips to the beach since I had my first child 3 years ago. I went back and searched my posts… and what I found was disheartening.
A post from 2011 was titled “Summer fun.. first swim” and it showed pictures of my 7 month old daughter Adora getting her first wade in a pool. My husband was holding her there.. as he has for the last three years everytime we go to the beach or a pool.
It made me realize I have no hands-on memory of that moment.. helping her float, watching her fat fingers and toes touch and kick the water for the first time. I was on the sidelines. I didn’t realize it at the time I did something Jessica wrote about in her story. I let the swimsuit define me. Define me on days that I can’t get back.
I love the challenge she has put out to us moms this summer: Put on that suit. Easier said then done right? I agree.. but encourage you to read on. Struggling with her own insecurities she really proves we have the power to change our mindset and into that one piece or bikini:
I refuse to miss my children’s high-pitched, pool-induced giggles because of my insecurities.
I refuse to let other women’s judging eyes at the pool prevent me from exposing their eyes to the wonder the sun glittering on the water.
I refuse to let my self-image influence my children’s.
I refuse to sacrifice memories with my children because of a soft tummy.
Because at the end of the day, it is not about me.
It is about my kids.
I want them to remember twirling in the water with their mom.
I want them to remember splash fights together.
I want them to remember jumping off the edge of the pool into my arms.
I want them to remember that their mom was there, with them.
Today, I hope to encourage you to push your insecurities aside. Put on that bathing suit. Run through the sprinkler. Jump in the pool. Splash.
Your child will remember those moments and your freedom – not how you looked in your swimming suit.
I am among thousands who have already shared her courageous post with other friends. Jessica tells me that the feedback has been incredible and inspiring. Within just a couple days her message has reached more than a million through social media…. impacting generations of women.
For so long I’ve used being scared of jelly fish as an excuse not to jump into the ocean.
With our family beach trip approaching… I think it just might be time to face my real fear.
I am so proud of NBC4 and it’s commitment to cover mental health through it’s Changing Minds campaign. This is an issue that is very personal and close to my heart and family. Having the chance to cover the subject is rewarding because I know there is an enormous demand for information and resources. I hope that people and families dealing with mental illness will see there are places to turn to during recovery.
MORE: PRS Services in DC Area
The story I share below is that of a 30 year old woman from Southeast DC who experienced her first phase of psychosis at age 16. Dana Ebiasah has bipolar disorder. Through the help of free resources she has found in DC she is taking the next step to move on with her life. Medication and therapy can only do so much. We show you a place that is helping rebuild life skills while providing resources to help people get back on their feet and back to work and school.
“To live will be an awfully big adventure.” ~ Peter Pan
As Baby Bob turned one we thought it’d be fun to encourage everyone to “never grow up” at least for a day. While this milestone is one to celebrate it’s a reminder of just how fast time really does fly by. At Bob’s Neverland more than dreams were born. There was face paint, balloons, Tinkerbell and even a real baby alligator! A magical day indeed.
Whimsical cake by Edibles Incredibles Look closely and you’ll see this sign has very special meaning!
Fresh Bakes made the beautiful and playful desserts!
Mom’s friend Vi Hannett designed this personalized map so guests would know where to find everything at the party! Look for etsy shop Viva Designs soon!Mini hotdogs and beef skewers from Saint Germain Catering! Pizza bites!Uncles Joe & Richard
You know they say “When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”Adora filled the mason jars aka fairy house with moss. We dropped a fairy in each and glued a butterfly on top. We made one for all the girls at the party. The best part was when she stopped and said “Mom I LOVE helping you!”
The answer is Killian Jones– He was nicknamed Hook when a croc ate his hand!
Special thanks to Joey Darley for the awesome pix!
As someone who went to school in Northern Virginia and now lives there I love seeing a magazine by women for women tailored for the area. Posh Seven (formerly IAM Modern) is a magazine that reaches out to women who live, work and do business around the Route 7 corridor. What I love about it.. is that anyone can learn or be inspired by the stories and profiles featured no matter where you live.
POSH SEVEN: Angie Goff, Finding Her Way
I was honored when the editor Hulya Aksu asked to feature me this June. Many of the questions were about staying grounded as a working mom. I tried to keep it real and emphasize how important it is see your self worth. It’s something that I think we’ve all struggled with at some point or perhaps may be dealing with now. I’ve been an over achiever and “perform to pleaser” my entire life and it wasn’t until recently that I realized some times just showing up IS good enough. Special thanks to Lindsey Williams for the interview and photographer Angela Goodhart for the wonderful photos at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston. I’ve included a link to the piece.. hope you enjoy.
Do your thing and don’t care if they like it. – Tina Fey
This guy with a skateboard stole an American flag made of wood from a porch in Bethesda on Oldchester Road.. and the homeowner’s surveilance cam caught it all. Her neighbor tweeted out the video which shows the guy walk up … and takes a second or so to take the painted wood flag down. On neighbors facebook pages… there’s chatter that similar thefts have happened before in this neighborhood. If you recognize the guy.. call Montgomery County Police.
Click the photo to see the 16 second clip or watch the surveillance video here.
— Diana Russell (@russresearcher) May 27, 2014
We’re hearing from the top leader of DC schools following an outcry online over schools now using the National Common Core learning standards. More than 7 million have seen our facebook post, more than 10 thousand of you have chimed in. The photo is from a parent… showing a math problem being added up in 2 of the 4 different ways students are expected.
DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson told me on twitter they haven’t had complaints like those we’re seeing online. She says they’re in the process right now of designing guides that parents can use to support what kids are learning in class… at home. There is already an online guide available.
A lot of parents expressed the difficulty of helping their kids with their homework these days. Common core supporters recognize the frustration but say Core is appropriate and driven by research. DC and Maryland are among 44 states to adopt the annual standardized tests. Virginia has not.
Did a story this morning after cries of sexism exploded on social media over this. Clare Schlaudt a 17 year old from Richmond was kicked out of her prom after being told her dress and dancing made dads there think “impure thoughts.”
A couple things up front. This was the 14th Annual Richmond Homeschool Prom and it’s held at a church. There is a dress code and according to Clare’s blog post she passed the “fingerlength” test upon entering.
She says a chaperone noticed it too and said her dress and dancing caused men to think inappropiately about her… so she was kicked out. Frustrated and feeling disrespected Clare wants an apology from the Richmond Homeschool prom.
The prom’s facebook page was inundated with backlash.. here’s a screen grab of comments before they shut the page down.