Parenthood, Actually: Share Your Story

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Bleeding HeartsWe'd like to do something to celebrate the launch of the Family Section here at BlogHer. In fact, we'd like to do something to celebrate our family readers! Since Mother's Day is right around the corner, we thought we'd celebrate you and the moms in your life!

Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 8 this year. For some, the day is just another day. For some, it is an important celebration of their own mothers. For some, it is a day of heavy grief. The truth is that thoughts about Mother's Day can vary from year to year; it can be harder the year after a loss than the year after welcoming a new child into your home.

We want to acknowledge all of those nuances -- the happy, the sad, the hard, the funny, the unexpected. We are asking readers to submit their stories that celebrate motherhood and parenthood in an actual way -- the ick, the mushy-gooshy, the hair-pulling, the life lessons, the everything. You don't have to be a mom, but it has to be about some aspect of motherhood (example, you can write about your mom or grandma or a random mom moment you witnessed). They don't have to be sticky sweet; sharing your journey through the hard stuff is a way of celebrating your mom strength.

We will then Spotlight feature one piece per day on the Family Section here at BlogHer. We will link back to your site and share a little blurb, directing people to head to your blog. On Mother's Day, we'll round up and link back to all fourteen of the pieces that were published on site, their blogs and post a Linky on site for everyone to link to either their best piece that celebrates motherhood or their Mother's Day piece for this year. That way everyone gets some link-love and some recognition for a job that isn't always celebrated! (You can also feel free to link out to a fellow blogger's amazing piece.)

You can either write something new on your blog or submit something you've already written on your blog (try to keep it within the past 12 weeks). To submit, please email with the subject Parenthood, Actually and a link to your post. (Please remember that with only fourteen slots available, not everyone can be chosen. We're looking for a wide and varied response show the wide and varied experience of parenthoodhood.) Starting Monday, April 25, we will start the daily feature.

I'm looking forward to reading all of your great submissions and learning what parenthood actually means to you. Let's make this two week celebration one to remember, shall we?

Family Section Editor Jenna Hatfield (@FireMom) blogs at Stop, Drop and Blog and The Chronicles of Munchkin Land. She is a freelance writer and photographer.


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