Happy Mother’s Day: Truthteller Stories About Motherhood

We all know that motherhood isn’t necessarily a walk in the park. Sometimes it’s tough and other times its the most rewarding experience one can ever imagine.

Here are some of our favorite Truthteller stories that highlight powerful experiences and ideas our community has about motherhood:

Processing “Normal,” by C.S.: We all want and need change. Perhaps, in these times, we should be honoring that which is birthed anew. In C.S.’s personal experience, this starts with better exploring (and supporting) our newest generation—all these special kids now defying “normal”—with a sense of wonder.

Mom’s Final Words, by Deborah Weed: Deborah shares her moving story about her mother’s final gift of pure love after many years of disappointment and loss.

It’s Not Even My Story To Tell, by Angela Penny: Angela’s story is about a mother and daughter. It’s a story about family, sickness, forgiveness, and mistakes. But mostly, it’s a story about love.

My Not-So-Maternal Instinct, by Nirmala Nataraj: We live in a world that idealizes motherhood. But what happens when you know that it’s not for you? Nirmala explores the maternal instinct, feminine archetypes, and our culture’s own complicated relationship to motherhood.

Love in the Face of Death, by Carol Christ: As her mother dies, the room is filled with love—and Carol learns that she has always been surrounded by love.

I’m a Good Mother, by Lisa Kohn: Lisa started her mothering journey thinking she had to be the perfect mother, but she has since learned there’s no such thing…and that the “do the best you can” and “good enough” mother is more than fine.

Calm Mother Cultivating Balance, by Tereza FondaFor some people, “having it all” is all about successfully balancing career and family life. Tereza’s struggle to do so led her to create a resource that can help other mothers, too.

Through The Eyes of a Respondent Mother, by Maxine Williams: When a relationship breaks down, it is often the children who suffer most. Maxine shares a peek into her heartbreaking personal journey.

Embracing Your New Normal, by Alexis Meads: In this captivating interview, Alexis shares the highs and lows of being a new mom.

The Critical Mother, by Gwen Potts: So many of us struggle with mother wounds. If we aren’t mindful, we can give them power and control beyond what they deserve. Gwen has learned that recognizing the voice of the critical mother can lead to beautiful beginnings.

My Struggle for Less, by Caron Wunderlich: Caron’s struggle to overcome hoarding led her to realize that her angst over discarding things was born out of a lifelong conflict with her mother.

Kelly McNelis

About the Author | Kelly McNelis

Kelly McNelis is the founder of Women for One, a place where women from 50 countries share their powerful stories with the world. Over 500 Truthtellers, as Kelly calls them, have answered her call to action: Make life happen by sharing your messy brilliance. Their stories range from the devastating to the delightful, and everything in between. Kelly is a mom, wife, friend, mentor, businesswoman, Reiki master, minister, healer, incest survivor, and firm believer that there’s no such thing as “TMI.” Formerly a nonprofit- and small-business consultant, Kelly now travels the world as a speaker, teacher, and workshop facilitator, empowering women to find their voice and discover their true power. She has interviewed global changemakers including the late Dr. Maya Angelou, Arianna Huffington, Regena “Mama Gena” Thomashauer, and Byron Katie, on the importance of cultivating our own inner wisdom and truthtelling voices. Kelly’s first book, Your Messy Brilliance: 7 Tools for the Perfectly Imperfect Woman, will be published by Enrealment Press in Fall 2017. Pre-order the book today! Kelly’s work, husband, kids, and brilliantly messy life are based outside Seattle.

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