mothering

Anne-Marie Slaughter and the Trade-Off Ratio of Work Life Balance

Recently I was invited to apply for a CEO position for a very cool start-up targeting new mothers. I pondered over it for 24 hours, googled everything I could find on the company’s founder and backers, and thought long and hard about two key questions. Was something I could do (did I have the skills […]

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When Mama Breaks the Rules

I come from a culture where motherhood is revered, and where the narrative of sacrifice, patience and perfection in one’s mothering is both inspirational and overwhelming. On days like Mother’s Day, the weight of all that mothers are supposed to be can feel like a blessing and a burden. The talks and sermons at church […]

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If You Died Today, What Would You Miss Most?

Last night I asked my children a tough question. If they died, what would they miss most about their life? A child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine preventable disease somewhere in the world. This week is World Immunization Week and the world is acting in a big way to change this number. There […]

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Loving the Whole Earth

A few years ago my husband, our kids and I created a series of family statements. The children drew pictures and we pasted the nine statements together to form a large poster that is framed and hung in a busy area of our home. “Winegars love the whole earth” It’s one of my favorites. It […]

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Walking the Path of Pregnancy & Birth Together

Audrey is a mother of two young boys. She’s 32 and works in a government department. Our lives have lots in common – family, work, friends. But in Tanzania, where she lives, being a mother comes with a whole different set of problems. Audrey’s greatest fear is to be pregnant or see her friends and […]

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Doing Hard Things With a Little Help From My Friends

I ran/walked/staggered through a half-marathon over the weekend. At mile 11, I honestly thought I would have to crawl over the finish line. One of the race photographers happened to catch me at that point. I look pained and exhausted to my core. And, no, I am not posting that picture :). Only the happy […]

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We All Have Dreams: What Are Yours?

For International Women’s Day, a group of bloggers gathered in a G+ hangout to talk with Niger’s Country Director for the WFP, Denise Brown. Our amazing partners at ONE.org made it all happen. We listened intently, asked some questions and mostly tried to learn. The conversation was both sobering and inspiring. Denise created a virtual picture for […]

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What Following My Mother Through Graveyards Taught Me

My mother is a genealogist – she researches and writes family histories. I’ve tromped around graveyards since I was small and have learned they are not scary places. I feel peaceful and reverent as I let the markers reveal their stories. They are places of discovery, and yes, places of heartbreak. I have learned important […]

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UN Foundation Infographic: International Women’s Day

Sometimes words just get in the way. Blessings to you this International Women’s Day. Welcome to to When You Wake Up A Mother. We’d love to see you again. Please subscribe via email or RSS. Or follow on Twitter or Facebook. What will you do today to wake up the world? We invite you to share your thoughts, your action and […]

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7 Reasons Not to Run a Half-Marathon and 1 Reason Why I Am

In case you’re wondering, we’re using the term “run” here in lose terms. More accurate would be half walk, half run, but I’m going to claim “run” for the purposes of this exercise. Back in October, as I stared down the barrel of another hated New England winter, I came up with a crazy plan. […]

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