F-A-T and I’m Steaming Mad by Susan Shifay Cheung


Another school year has passed and I’ve been reflecting on my children’s progress. Mostly, it’s been great. New friends made, established friendships strengthened and academics completed. But, there’s been an issue that has troubled me. In fact, I’m steaming mad about it. And that issue is spelled F-A-T. In the news media, it’s been reported that calling each other fat is the latest mean-spirited way that kids, as young as kindergarteners, are denigrating their peers, often to make themselves feel superior. The focus on body image was brought home to me when my daughter, a first grader, asked me whether…

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More Big Fat Lies of The Perfect Mom vs A Real Mom by Terre Grable


Lie #4: Only The Perfect Mom is important and significant As a mom, it can be very easy to find our sense of worth in motherhood. Some may find it in their accomplishments as a mom. Others may find it in receiving the approval of other moms. Ironically, if you are like me, our worse critique usually comes from ourselves. It is quite tempting to accept The Perfect Mother Club invitations, especially during those times when we are feeling less than perfect or needing others’ approval just to survive the next toddler or teenage meltdown. Truth is mothers are important…

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3 Big Fat Lies of Being The Perfect Mom by Terre Grable


As a counselor, I have seen many parents trying to become the Perfect Mom. While their intentions are noble, the outcome is usually miserable for themselves and their families. Here are 3 big fat lies of trying to be the Perfect Mom. Lie #1: I really can be the Perfect Mom We have all heard the old adage that “Nobody is perfect.” And while we know in our mind that we cannot be perfect, sometimes our hearts still chase after this need to be the Perfect Mom. We find those other Moms that seem to have it all together and…

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