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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

on being a mama bear and other things

A few things on my mind. Right now. Right this moment:

  • when provoked I can become a very mean and tough mama bear. This week my parenting style was challenged by some people close to me. Personal decisions that I have made for my child were disrespected. I am usually a very peaceful person who chooses to let things slide in the name of keeping the peace but when my right to decide what is best for my child becomes jeopardized, boy oh boy does my inner mama bear come out.
  • my family is so so so supportive and I love them very much.
  • there is no place like home. I can hardly wait to return to my life, my routine, my house, my friends in Hamilton.
  • I will miss my Ottawa friends when I leave.
  • sometimes a phone call to your own mama can make things much better.
  • always trust your instinct. Always trust your heart. Speak up for yourself.
  • never underestimate the power of a coffee date with a friend who will listen.
  • distance does make the heart grow fonder and can make a girl go crazy.


  1. i think women trust on their instincts a lot more when they become mothers, hence you find you're meaner when provoked than ever before. i believe it's a natural instinct to protect your little one. and it's sweet.

  2. Thank you for this. I am a person who tends to believe people when they tell me I am wrong. I know I should trust my own heart more! My sister-in-law went from doctor to doctor when her son contracted scarlet fever last year, they all told her to put him on antibiotics. Her heart told her something different. She finally found an alterntive doctor who showed her a different way, and everything turned out well. However, along the way there were many people basically accusing her of being an irresponsible mother. It was a very hard decision for her. I myself would have given my child the antibiotics, because the risk would have been too big for me to handle that my child has lasting heart ailments, and if something had gone wrong I don't think I could have handled the guilt. But I always told her she should listen to her own heart, because I think deep down most mothers know what is best for their baby.
    I am glad you are a fierce mama-bear! You are an amazing woman, and mother, and I know your heart will always guide you in the right direction.
    Love, Dawn

  3. every baby needs a mama bear. good for you for standing up for what you want for your family. :)

  4. Good for you Johanna. My mantra is, "my baby, my rules." also, being 5000 km away helps. :)

  5. Hear, hear. Stick with your gut, mama bear!

  6. Your baby, your way. Good job Mom. Do what you feel is best for your baby.

  7. Oh Jo, It's so much tougher when it's someone close to you doing the criticizing. Making decisive choices for your children is hard enough without all of the unsolicited opinions. I find I question myself enough, I don't need everyone else second guessing me!


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