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Welcome to Happy Mom Guide

In Be Happy, Motherhood by Punita Rice

Being a mom is the greatest blessing and gift. But it can also be hard. Joy as a mom is also a natural part of being a mom, but being a HAPPY MOM, in an ongoing, active and intentional sort of way, can take effort! If you’re new here, first, you may want to read WHY it’s important to be …

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Skincare as Self-Care

In Self-Care by Punita RiceLeave a Comment

Since becoming a mom, my definition of self-care has changed. Before kids, self-care could involve entire days (or weekends) devoted to my interests or overall well-being — which might have taken the form of reading books, traveling, shopping, going out, gaming, or any number of fun (if occasionally mindless) activities. But after kids, while free time does still exist (as a …

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Technology and Mindfulness

In Self-Care by Punita Rice

Does the ease and speed of modern technology decrease mindfulness? That is, does it inhibit us from communicating meaningfully and thoughtfully? Back in the day, when we had to write letters to friends who lived far away, or make infrequent long-distance phone calls to family in other countries, we likely put more thought and care into how (and what) we …

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3 of the Best Baby Carriers

In Family, Motherhood by Punita Rice3 Comments

A few days ago, my husband and I were out on a walk with our two kids — our toddler was walking (okay, meandering somewhat aimlessly) alongside us, and I was wearing our younger son in a baby carrier (a Fidella Fly Tai, for the record, though I have a number of baby carriers, including the LILLEbaby Complete, and multiple …

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On Having a Baby During your Doctorate in Education

In Motherhood by Punita Rice

Recently, a newly pregnant student in the same Doctorate program I graduated from reached out to my friend Dr. Alexandra Murtaugh. (Alexandra previously shared advice for moms here, here, and here). The student was reaching out for guidance in navigating our program through her pregnancy and with a new baby in tow. Alexandra shared some great words of wisdom with …

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Empowering Moms by Nursing in Public

In Motherhood by Punita Rice

About two weeks ago, I saw neighbor of mine sitting outside on a bench in our community nursing her infant. Publicly. Proudly. Then, last week, for the first time, I nursed my younger son in public myself (without a cover). This was my first time truly nursing in public. I did so using the two-shirt method (top shirt gets pulled …

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A Good Birth – Processing Childbirth

In Pregnancy by Punita Rice

A few months ago, I visited Daedalus Books (a giant book warehouse, and maybe one of the coolest places in Maryland, that sadly, closed down recently), and came upon a book called “A Good Birth” by Dr. Anne Drapkin Lyerly. It was convenient that I came across this book, because as we were getting ready to welcome our second child, one of the things …

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5 Benefits of Being a Working Mom

In Family, Motherhood by Punita Rice

There are challenges that come along with parenting, regardless of whether you stay at home full time, work at home, or work outside the home. And plenty has been written about the challenges that come with being a working mom (here’s a post by Taryn Watts about the challenges of being a working mom, and here’s another by Ashley from …