4Mothers Is Making Some Changes And Staying The Same

imgres-1Yesterday Nathalie touched on our experience at BlogPodium and that we left that conference feeling so motivated to grow 4Mothers.  We want to continue to strive to make it your favourite place on the web where moms (and dads too!) come to be inspired, consider a different perspective, have a laugh, and feel connected with other parents.

BlogPodium is the brainchild of Jennifer Flores and together with her incredibly talented team they put together a conference that delighted all of the senses.  From the elegant and whimsical décor, to the tasty lunch, to the all-star line-up of dynamic speakers, the conference was a wonderful event.

And being there prompted us to make a decision:  we need to join this (not so) new generation of savvy social media-istas!

We are now on Facebook, you can find us here!

We are on Twitter and promise not to clutter-up your feed with “noise” – only tips and notes that we really think are useful or interesting.  Follow us here!

And we are on Pinterest!  We are striving to bring more colour and photos to 4Mothers to inspire those of you who are more visual.  Follow us on Pinterest for ideas that will make your life easier – no fussy, unattainable ideals.  We promise!

One of the best parts about blogging is being a part of a greater creative community.  We plan to continue to introduce new guests to you and are excited to share with you the blogs we discovered at Blog Podium.  Here are some of our favourites!

Corinna Wraps A blog dedicated to all things gift wrap: original tips, inspiration, products and projects.

Just Bella Is a beautiful lifestyle blog where mom Christine strives to bring beauty and creativity to her life.

The Homeslice DIY projects, entertaining and finding her footing as a first-time mom is what Emilija dedicates her blog to.

bee + daddoo These two work-at-home moms and friends always have their cameras handy.  Follow these two women as they extend the privacies of their friendship with their readers.

Trix & Trumpet  Allyson is your go-to for all things party!

We will continue to focus on content, and we hope that you will continue to encourage us and share your voice by commenting and tweeting.

What do you love most about 4Mothers?  What would you like to see more of on this blog?  Let us know so that we can bring the best in content to you!

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Live Day To Day – a continuation of Mothering Through Adversity

A continuation from Mothering Through Adversity . . .

Marina and her husband, Robin, have experienced many emotional ups and downs during their son, first year of life.  After receiving a diagnosis of Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus, Niklas has undergone numerous diagnostic tests and surgeries.

Marina remains optimistic about her son’s future and is the first to admit that there is always something far more serious her family could be dealing with.

“Things fall into perspective quickly.” Marina says when recalling the numerous young faces she sees in the waiting rooms of SickKids Hospital.   The common cold or minor illnesses seem more like inconveniences than anything else.

When asked about how this past year has affected her family, Marina admits that she initially overcompensated as Niklas’s mother until Robin stepped in and very matter-of-factly reminded her that Niklas doesn’t need her pity.

It’s not always easy learning to undo maternal instincts but Marina has found lots of support among an on-line community of bloggers.  Marina describes feeling a sense of connectedness reading real stories of families just like hers and not focusing on the gory images and tragic stories that flood her screen when she Googles Niklas’s condition.

“We all handle it differently.  I cry sometimes.  The girls (her two daughters) act out sometimes.  Robin is pragmatic and stays away from the Internet.” Marina answers when I ask her about the stress associated with a family members diagnosis.

But her on-line community has empowered her with research and anecdotes that prove to be effective munition when she joins forces with Niklas’s doctors and the same bloggers who offer advice on tissue expansion also permit her to let go of the stress and anxiety that she is carrying with her.

“Live day to day and don’t let it control you.  It will control your life if you let it.”  That is the message that Marina wants to send to other parents dealing with a child’s illness.

Take a moment to review some of the bloggers that Marina takes inspiration from:

Checking Back With Zac

Wonderful World of Vance

News From The Nagels

Journeys With Joshua

Amanda and Mason Waite