Brave Moms

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A baby holding his mother's face. Motherhood is bravery.

To be a mom is to have a kind of bravery that is unique and different from other types of bravery. It is a bravery that is instinctive and inherent and will protect at all costs. It is a bravery that prompts a mother to do anything and everything for her children.

I have seen this bravery in so many moms in my inner circle, and it has me in complete awe. It is a bravery that is not chosen but is just pure love and dedication to the little people who depend on us the most. To see that type of bravery reflected in our children and how they have all stepped up to be more courageous than they should be at their ages is inspirational. We are living in a world vastly different than the one we had during our childhoods, and navigating motherhood in this new world is strange, beautiful, and terrifying all at the same time.

With this month being Mental Health Awareness month, it is important that we, as moms, check in with ourselves and make sure that we aren’t always just putting on the brave face but also taking care of ourselves.

Bravery comes in all forms. Sometimes just waking up each day and putting one foot in front of the other is enough. Give yourself the credit you deserve. None of us can be the perfect parent, but showing up every day for our children, even when we feel like we can’t, is the definition of bravery.

You are brave. You are enough. The things you do and the actions you take everyday matter.

Every challenge makes you a better mom. So continue with your bravery, and be content knowing you are doing the best you can for your children, and in their eyes, you are perfect.

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Melissa was born and raised in Fairfield County. She currently lives in Stamford with her husband and their three children. She works in Fairfield as a children’s mental health therapist, which is a dream job for her and brings more joy and fulfillment than she ever had in the corporate world. She spends most of her free time outside of mom/wife/therapist duties, on her Peloton, browsing the aisles at Target, online shopping, or enjoying nights out with her girlfriends. You can also find her on Instagram @the_storied_mind where she creates posts in the hopes of helping others and breaking the stigma for people to reach out for help in terms of their mental health.

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