Alexandra Hughes

Coaching Mothers to a Place of

calm & joyful living

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Guest post: Musings from an introverted Mom

I always tell my clients that in order to have a strong relationships with others, including those that stress them out the most (i.e., kids and partners), it is critical that they develop strong relationships with themSELVES.

A first step in doing so is, of course, getting to know yourSELF.

I met with Jeanine Cogan, The Intelligent Introvert blogger and Coach, a few weeks back and became fascinated with the different experiences of life that mothers have depending on whether they are introverted or extroverted.

I began to ponder. What am I? An introvert or an extrovert?

I didn’t know the answer to the question, but after some self-observation I think I’m figuring it out.

It’s been a worthwhile journey for me – a way to better understand myself, my responses and experiences.

And so I invited Jeanine to write a blog to my Mom community. It’s an invitation to you, to begin self-reflecting.

So today I throw a question out to you – which are you? Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Read on to learn how introvert and extroverts may perceive of the same every day Mom scenario in totally different ways…

With love & acknowledgment,

Alex

 

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The business of Mom busy-ness, stress and why we need to relax

busyMOMonTHEgoLife is busy.

Everyone is on the go.

All the time.

But nobody is busier than today’s working Mom (and by working Mom, I don’t necessarily mean paid-to-work working Mom).

My research suggests that mothers in the D.C. area’s top three complaints: lack of time, pace of life and accumulated exhaustion are primary causes of stress – all results of go-go-go busy-ness.

 

The Business of go-go-go Busy-ness & stress

“I’ve never been good at resting, taking time out, or giving in to exhaustion. For years, I bought into the mantra that doing is better than being, that productivity is the measure of self-worth. An active life is a good and laudable thing…”Andréana E. Lefton 

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Build Moms’ self-confidence #LikeAGirl

Did you see that great Always #LikeAGirl ad?

Today is International Women’s Day and I was reminded of it.

See, the fact that girls’ self-confidence levels peak at 8 really hit home for me (as a girl’s Mom and as a girl, myself).

Parents work so hard these days to build up their children’s self-confidence – boys and girls alike.

Our efforts are affirmed when we see videos like Jessica’s Daily Affirmation, which go viral on Facebook and Twitter.

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Toothfairy F&*^-Up

Ok, so Mr. 7 lost his tooth yesterday which he was super excited about.

Sure, I was happy for him but hey, he’s number two and I’ve kind of gotten over the tooth fairy thing as my daughters almost lost all her teeth now.

Plus I was distracted by a couple of other things…lingering thoughts about my husband’s two week work trip, a few workshops and retreats that were coming up – two of which I’d managed to double book. Suffice it to say, my mind was elsewhere.

And Mr. 7 is a fairly quiet boy who simply trusts that the Universe will do as it should, so he didn’t make too much of a fuss about the toothfairy. He simply popped his tooth in the little orange plastic treasure chest the school had given him, slipped them under his pillow and quietly (more than usual), went to bed.

I.e., NO REMINDER FOR ME.

I hardly ever work in the evenings, but needed to finish up on some admin tasks for the biz, so again, with my focus elsewhere, I spent that evening at my kitchen desk sortying stuff out.

And then, off to bed I went – later and slightly more tired than usual.

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A mother’s hard heart

Today my heart is hard.

My child cries and I do not hear him.

He doesn’t want to go to school and I don’t care.

He has to go.

I need space.

I am tired.

My heart is hard.

“Please”, he cries.

“I’m sorry you feel this way. You are going…”

My voice is dry.

And I drum up reasons in my head.

He latches onto me.

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