Share a little something about yourself with other moms.
I am a mum to two boys, aged 10 and 2.5, with the hopes of one more child in the next year or so. After that I'm done! I have a wonderful husband who is a drug and alcohol interventionist, and out of town quite a bit. So, I really do run the ship, so to speak, here at home.
I have completed a Fashion Marketing Certificate, Bachelor of Business Administration in Entrepreneurial Leadership, and a Master's in Psychology.I did all that school at the same time as being a mother! I learned a lot from both roles of student and mother!
I have had a passion for art, design, and fashion since high school. I am also a huge research nerd who loves to explore and discover new things. Once my son was born I found products from around the globe for him and myself, and I found that people were noticing what my son was wearing, what I was wearing, and so on.
I also have found that there's a whole new way of parenting today than in previous generations. On the positive side this provides more options for parents to utilize in their own journeys as parents. However, on the downside, I have seen a lot of judgments, and claims, that one way of parenting is better than another. I think it was during my degree in Psychology that I got this icky feeling in my stomach about the judgement and criticisms I would see between parents. My hope is to remind all parents to laugh, relax, and remember it's alright for you to do things your way and another parent to do things their way. It's much more helpful if we join together instead of separate into groups based on "parenting philosophy", this only isolates us and is not helpful. The old saying that "children don't come with a manual" is so true, they don't, but it sure is helpful to have supportive and non-judgmental parents we can turn to for ideas and insight. We can create our own manual, stored in the minds of, and shared through the mouths of other parents.
What is your blogging philosophy?
Motherhood and parenting is hard enough as it is. BamBam Baby strives to bring humour to the trials and tribulations in the journey of parenting, to remove the veil covering topics like postpartum depression, to provide real reviews on products, and more. BamBam Baby is about bringing parents together in positive ways to share things they enjoy, and things that work for them. The goal is to enhance and collaborate, not to judge or separate ourselves.
Like I said, motherhood has lots of struggles that come along with the role. Many are known about but never discussed; considered taboo. Think of postpartum depression, loss of interest in sex, feeling smothered or lonely, etc. Many of these issues can be alleviated by simply talking openly and honestly about it, thus removing some of the stigma, and the shame it can cause. Other issues can be helped by sharing ideas and things to do to help create balance in the role as a parent. Fun DIY projects and things to do can help give a mother something for herself, something that's fun and all hers. This was very helpful for myself during times where I was feeling like my life was all about caring for others. I needed a hobby, an interest, an outlet, some self care; and ultimately I was a better mother for it.
I have a sarcastic and at times twisted sense of humour which I bring to my blog. I give my opinions and don't apologize for them. They are mine alone, and that's ok. I speak openly and honestly, and clarify the fact that these are my thoughts alone, and I also welcome others to share theirs. It's alright to have an opinion, and having one doesn't mean mine are the "right" ones and others "wrong". Take what you like and leave the rest, and why not have a few laughs while we're at it.
I have no filter for the most part, am not always politcally correct, and am definitely not reserved. However, I am also respectful, compassionate, empathetic, and interested in the opinions and thoughts of others. Because sometimes I think I've got it, until I hear how someone else thinks about the same topic. I change my mind. It's allowed, especially in parenting. Each child is so different, and what worked for my first was a huge fail with my second.
So in summation, BamBam Baby is about building community, sharing, relating, and remembering it's okay to keep some of the sick humour we were allowed in our youth. Parenting is a long journey that should be enjoyed and through connection this can be made easier.
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