1. Karen B. says:

    Beth, I just LOVE this post! Thank you so much for sharing this. I got teary when I read it, but not in a sad way. Rather, in an uplifting way. We can do it but we have to do it together! Thanks.
    Karen

  2. cameron says:

    great post!

  3. Robert says:

    I want every parent I know to read this. Today.

    Thank you Beth…

  4. Renee says:

    that is so funny, i just had that thought the other day…that this may be the last year i can lift my boy up and hold him, while he rest his head on my shoulder. he’s a growing boy and out growing mamas strength. i have told my self to lift him up and hold him as often as i can because it did make me like i really only have him until now. he’s in school & sports and definitely experiencing life’s influences. Loved to be reminded of the importance of simplicity, loving and supporting those around you. thanks for sharing!

  5. Kate says:

    Very empowering, what a great post. Now to just find myself a community of wise women and I could fly.

    Thanks for sharing this and thank you to those wonderful women for sharing.

  6. Katy says:

    This is absolutely fantastic! What a terrific way to spend an afternoon with one of your besties 🙂

  7. Liz says:

    Love this! I have so many mothers from different parts of my lives. They’ve all helped shape who I’ve become as a woman, a mother, and everything else. Thank you for a post which reminds me why we ALL are important to a variety of people throughout our lives, and how we ALL have important lessons to teach and experiences to relate…

  8. Alicia says:

    I think this might be one of my top favorites of all your posts. You are helping us mamas keep all this parenting business in perspective. These older mamas hold much wisdom and have so much to share – thanks for bringing it to us today!

  9. Michelle says:

    My friend and I were skyping last night about this exact thing!!! Women need a community of other women for support and it’s something many of us are missing today. Thank you so much for this timely post. I LOVE IT!! I, too, was tearing up and felt so relieved to read and be reminded that this parenting thing isn’t as serious as I’m making it out to be. Thanks Beth!

  10. Emily says:

    Such a fantastic post. I have always wanted to read something like this–other women’s biographies emphasizing exactly what they said–creating community and giving encouragement and relief to the stressed out mothers of today! Thank you!!

  11. Rhonda Charnes Martin says:

    Let me just say that when this most recent blog arrived in my email this morning, it was perfectly timed! I so appreciated the wise words of those women, and I cannot tell you how comforting it is to hear that there isn’t a “right way.” My daughter is only two and a half, but as a full time working mother and a PhD student writing a dissertation, I struggle with guilt ALL THE TIME. My husband works two jobs and so my child is with my mother and mother-in-law. They are my support community. I understand the value of the “community” but unfortunately, they also want to tell me HOW to do things. It is so refreshing to hear a new and experienced perspective.

    Thank you so much for all that you share! Your thoughts are always valuable and offer me a bit of peace in a world full of chaos!

  12. Jessica W says:

    Absolutely love this post!! It feels wonderful on so many levels. Thank you Beth

  13. Andrea says:

    This post was a great way to start the day. Thank you!!

  14. Amanda says:

    I know everyone’s saying the same thing, but it bears repeating: great post! I am curious how you experience community child-rearing having moved so much? Do you find it takes a while to wiggle in? Or do you dive in as soon as possible? It takes me an average of four years to begin to wiggle.

  15. jennifer says:

    thank you so much for this post. i long to have a community of woman to share stories…to hear stories, and laugh about the mistakes. it’s almost like a second book, a book of mothers speaking…mothers through the ages on the wisdom of mothering is so essential. especially those mothers that were living through that transition…50s, 60s, and 70s. much love to you and yours.

  16. Your curiosity and generous sharing continues to offer me beautiful gems to incorporate into the fragile ‘crown’ I wear as a woman and a mother. You make my life better.

  17. Holly says:

    Great post! I love hearing what older mama’s have to say about child rearing. I would say though that I homeschool so I can have a little more control beyond 5 and hopefully won’t have as obnoxious as a teenager as I was when that day comes. My daughter gets plenty of interaction with other kids, and when it’s around most public school gets she acts like teenager…and she’s only 6!

    I also love what you said about how they didn’t care about how their pictures looked. I can never take a picture of myself without being critical and my mother hates me taking pictures of her. This is hard for me because I like getting pictures of her with her grandchildren. I live in Florida but don’t do much in a bathing suit because of my body size. I have two very young children and am working to get past that. I’m actually obese, not just a little bit bigger, so that makes it tough to move beyond. But I am happy to say I’ve progressed beyond needing much makeup, which is a huge accomplishment. These ladies just inspired me to move a little further away from critical thinking!

  18. Suzanne says:

    This was such a great post! Just what I needed to read this morning.

  19. Simply Bike says:

    What a beautiful post, thank you for this!

  20. Alexandra says:

    Awesome, thank you. Struggling with my first born (almost 4 weeks) and the information overload. This piece was reassuring and inspiring 🙂

  21. Alexandra says:

    A perfect post.The wisdom of years and experience and seeing it through.

    We all need this, so much.

  22. Amanda says:

    I feel like I relearned how to breathe as I read this. Thank you.

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