The perfect gift for a new mama?

New mamas don't often get a gift for themselves, it's all about the baby. And yet becoming a mother is one of the biggest life changes you can experience. It's challenging, and wonderful, and confusing, all at once.

Mums need more than baby-grows and rattles, and luckily we have just the thing to suggest...!

Save 90% on the New Mama Welcome Pack

We want to spread the word about an incredible 90% sale offer on a unique gift pack especially designed to nurture and support mamas in those early stages. It even includes mamas' reward charts from us...!

For the next four days, we’re teaming up with Catherine Redfern and the 60 other lovely contributors to the New Mama Welcome Pack to spread the word about a huge reduction on the price of the pack (yes, it's 90% off!) between 2pm on 30 September and 2pm on 3 October 2014 (that's UK times).

becoming a mother is challenging, wonderful and difficultSo if you know a mama-to-be, and would love to send them an encouraging and inspiring treat throughout the first three months of brand new motherhood, crafted especially for them, don't miss this opportunity.

Once you’ve purchased a gift voucher, the lucky recipient can sign up to receive the kit any time.

So you'll be giving your mama friend a gift she truly needs, at a price you can afford (it's £29).

But that's not the only good you'll be doing...

Buy it now (using our link)

Buying the kit will  help mothers and children worldwide:

If you buy a New Mama Welcome Pack via our link, you’ll also be supporting Story of Mum (because as a participant-affiliate we’ll get £20 from each sale). So thank you!

Save the Children logoBut even more importantly, as well as our work here nurturing the mothers of the world, we want to make a positive difference for suffering children everywhere, so...

If you buy a kit during the sale, we’ll give £10 of each £20 to Save the Children.

This will help to support their work caring for children in more than 120 countries including the UK, as well as providing vital support in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other war-torn areas.

So, to recap... your £29 purchase of the New Mama Welcome Pack will:

New Mama Welcome Pack - superstar!* Help your friend through one of the most difficult and incredible experiences of her life

* Demonstrate what a great friend you are ;)

* Help Story of Mum to continue our work encouraging mothers to beat bad mummy guilt, boost confidence, get creative and carve out vital mama me-time

* Help children around the world via a massive donation to Save the Children.

Buy it now (using our link)

And if you've still not decided that this is A VERY GOOD THING...?

We have some extra goodies for you!

Winning at Bad Mummy Bingo

We want to make this a one-off unbeatable offer, and raise as much money as we can for great causes during the sale.

So we're also going to throw in some extra goodies...

These are all yours FOR FREE if you buy a welcome pack via Story of Mum during the sale period:

- How to be a Gold Star Mama (an e-book of Mamas’ Reward Charts to remind you of the amazing little things you do every day)

- 2 printable Gold Star Mama cards - one for a special mama who needs cheering up, and another with a reward chart for a new mama

- Your very own printable Bad Mummy Bingo cards (a reassuring laughter-filled game, admitting the things we do that make us feel like bad mummies, and realising that we're not alone...!)

DIY Mamas' Retreat Kit- a tiny print-and-make mini-book stuffed with advice shared by lovely mamas recently for our New Mama Mantra activity (hot off the press later this week...!)

- a special DISCOUNT CODE for our DIY Mamas’ Retreat Kit that will give you £20 off if you buy before 5 October (making the DIY Mamas' Retreat Kit an absolute bargain at just £15!!)

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE - to get these extra goodies and ensure your contribution is donated as described above, you need to buy your New Mama Welcome Pack using THIS LINK. You'll also need to forward us the email that you receive after purchase (entitled “New Mama Welcome Pack How to access (save this email)” so that we can issue the extra goodies to you later that day, and donate to Save the Children.

Buy it now (using our link)

This sounds amazing, but you'd really like to know more about the pack...?

What's in the new mama welcomepack?

It includes moving video messages, powerful stories, practical tips, motivational advice, relaxing meditations, helpful and hilarious ebooks, printable art, and guilt-crushing pep-talks, and a virtual ‘high five’ for your ‘little’ (actually huge!) daily achievements.


Here's a taste of just some of the humungous list of goodies it includes (you can find out about all the rest over here)

New Mama Welcome Pack - contributors

* Stop being your own worst critic with Krystal Trammell (video and ebook)

* Get from chaos to calm in 7 days with Lisa Grace Byrne (7 day video course)

* Help your physical recovery – naturally with Laura Schuerwegen (ebook)

* Define your new identity in a way that suits you with Sonia Singh (article)

* How to craft a home full of love to suit your new family with Maya Hackett (printable planner)

* Three simple ways to take stunning photographs of yourself with baby with Vicki Knights (video)

Get things done when baby doesn’t want to be put down (EVER!) with Renee Duffin (ebook and 5x video training)

New Mama Welcome Pack - videos

* Ask for help guilt-free: and get it! with Jessica Cary (video)

* Recharge your batteries during nap-time with Laura Sturdy (audio meditation)

* How to use maternity leave to reconsider your work and career goals with Soozi Baggs (video)

* Why you’re not alone with all those feelings you’re having with Lucy H. Pearce (Moods of Motherhood ebook)

* How to adjust gently with Steffie Vandierendonck (3x videos and article)

* How to have compassion for yourself with Morgan Day Cecil (article, meditation, printable artwork)

* 6 tips to kick back, stay close to home and relax in the first three months of mamahood) with Kathy Stowell (video)

New Mama Welcome Pack - contributors* Safely stretch your glorious body with pilates by Natalie Garay (2 videos)

* Stay healthy and fit after baby with Dr Haley Harvey (ebook)

* Why you're not a terrible mother by Ann Charles (article)

In addition, the New Mama Welcome Pack is beautifully illustrated with beautiful artwork and photographs from 16 artists and photographers. 

Most importantly of all, the welcome pack helps you find your own way to be a mother – not the way someone else tells you to do it.

Here’s the all important LINK to buy your New Mama Welcome Pack, get all the extra goodies, and help mothers and children worldwide.

Buy it now (using our link)

Just make sure you buy before 2pm UK time on 3 October.

PS This is the only product that I've ever been an affiliate for - I'm proud to be so because I really feel it helps new mamas get a running start into motherhood at such a challenging time.

OK, I'm ready, I'd really like to BUY IT NOW.

Make Date news and more!

Ooh we had fun making fortune-tellers and sharing how we recover from the bad days at this month's Make Date. 

Make yourself a Feel-Good Fortune Teller like this one from @thisiswiss

Read my storify over here (for some reason I can't embed it here, sorry!) and share your own cootie-catcher with us in the gallery.

And in other spirit-lifting news, my recent blog post The Contradictions of Bliss is now part of a lovely little ebook of posts put together by lovely Kathy Stowell of Bliss Beyond Naptime. You can read it or download it over here, and there's even an audio version if you want to listen while jogging (well, you never know...!)

What's more... it was also featured by the lovely Siobhan on the fabulous new website Post 40 Bloggers (because, yes I am older than 40...). 

We'd love you to share your ups and downs with us in a cootie-catcher over here.

Join our next #somum Make Date this Weds!

Join us this Wednesday 10 September on twitter from 8.30-10pm UK time (find your time zone here)

Join a #somum creative Make Date on twitter with Story of Mum

What sort of stuff did you love making as a child?

I used to love making paper fortune tellers.

Even though I'd filled them all with words I wrote myself, somehow I was always surprised when I opened one up moments later to find a lucky 'fortune'.

Well this month we've decided to reinvent them as a fun way to combat those bad days we have as mothers: Feel-Good Fortune Tellers.

Let's fill our grown up mama fortune-tellers with lovely things we'd say to a friend who was feeling bad.

And when we're feeling bad, and we open up our fortune-teller, we'll hopefully be reminded to treat ourselves with that same kindness.

Will you make one with us?

Make a Feel-Good Fortune Teller with Story of MumWhat's a Make Date?

It's a chance for mums to get together on twitter and tweet while we attempt to do something creative - like doodlingtaking a photowriting poetrymaking stuff or even squidging plasticine.

We give ourselves some creative me-time and connect with other lovely mums. We do it every second Wednesday of the month and we would love you to join us. New friends are always very welcome.

You don't have to be a clever crafter, an artist or wordsmith. We're all about having a go regardless of talent or experience. Most of all, it's about getting together and having fun.

If you just want to chat, that's completely fine. If you just want to make something and lurk and never tell us you're there, that's fine too. We're just happy you're making time for you. 


Soul nurturing for mamas: 

We're hosting a Sunday Morning Mama's Retreat on 21 September and we'd love you to join us. As of today, there are only TWO precious places left, so please do jump in and book yours now. You deserve it, you really do, and we'd love to see you there.

Your future holds many fabulous feel-good moments...

Mama guilt gremlins? Meet The Self-Carey Godmother

What happens when you think about taking time out for you...? Do you have gremlins and a fairy godmother trying to make your decision for you... or is that just me?

What happens when you think about taking time out for you...? Story of Mum

A couple of weeks ago, a friend texted to say that she and another friend were heading off for a long-awaited spa day. There was a special promotion on, could I join them...?

Well, sadly, here's how the voices played out in my head...* Am I the only one this happens to??

Work gremlin: “Lucky for them. But if I'm not with my kids, I really have to work. It’s the only chance I have to take advantage of my parents visiting this week to provide some VITAL summer childcare…”

Bargain seeker: “But wow that’s a bargain. That is really very reasonable for a WHOLE spa day with a 25 minute massage thrown in." 

Work gremlin: “But I really have to work. Working MATTERS. It’s how I provide for my family. It’s how I move my life forward with urgency and purpose. It’s how I pursue my dreams.”

Undeserving gremlin: “And actually there’s only so much nice stuff I’m allowed to do. Today I went to the beach with my family and we swam and played and had a really nice time. I don't deserve any more treats for a long long time.”

Work gremlin: “I should have been working then too. Because being a mum isn’t REAL work. Not even on the really bad days. But especially not when I ENJOY it.” 

When mama guilt gremlins met my self-carey godmother - Story of Mum

Undeserving gremlin: “Yup. Because there’s an actual official limit to how much fun I should have as a mum. And the house won't clean itself.”

Work gremlin: "Yes indeedy. I need to stop enjoying myself and get PRODUCTIVE. Ignoring my To Do List for a day will make me feel even MORE stressed.”

Self-carey godmother: “Still, it's funny how I run mamas’ retreats and know full well that making time for me would make me work better, dream better, mother better, BE better… and yet here I am, questioning a spa day...”

Work gremlin flicks through emails: “Hippy nonsense.”

... so with all that going on in my poor tired mama head, I decided to sleep on it.

Sadly, even the interventions of my increasingly frustrated self-carey fairy godmother might well have fallen on deaf ears in the end…  were it not for my enormous love of a bargain...!

And so… I had a blissful day.

Chatting with friends. Looking out at the sea. 

Swimming. Steaming. Being massaged. 

When my mama guilt gremlins met my self-carey godmother - Story of Mum

Eating. Drinking prosecco.

Laughing. Resting.

Nurturing and strengthening me-time.

I deserve it.

You deserve it.

It’s so easy to get lost in all the reasons why we don’t deserve time to look after ourselves.

To tell ourselves that we don’t need support and time out as mamas.

That there are always more important things we should be doing.

But there aren’t.

Motherhood is a massive, challenging and valuable job. We need to take a break now and again. More than now and again in fact.

And so - refreshed and rested, I’ve laughed raucously with my kids as we've played and created together over the holidays. I’ve shown them how to look after themselves.

And I feel connected to my friends and self again.

Listen to your self-carey godmother

I feel valued. And valuable.

(And in my paid work? I've knocked out budgets in record time too...)

We all have a fairy godmother looking out for us. We just need to listen really hard for her voice when the gremlins come calling.  Because they shout - and she whispers.

Plus, there’s no shame in enlisting all the help we can get to remind us that we deserve looking after – be that our love of a bargain, a caring friend, this very post, or whatever works for you.

And next time...? You’re all invited of course.

So this month, we’re coming together to make some creative mama me-time and record where our eyes have lingered today – in doodles and words. (I've had great fun doodling in this post too!) We’d love you to join us. Come play with us over here.

We're also hosting a Sunday Morning Mamas' Retreat on 21 September if you'd like to join us in person - we'd love to have you.

* You have my blessing to perform this post in a variety of ridiculous voices in the privacy of your own home ;)

More Sunday Morning Mamas' Retreats Announced

Join a Mamas' Retreat with Story of Mum: Soul nurturing for mamas

Soul nurturing for mamas

We loved our last Sunday Morning Mamas' Retreat so much that we've decided to host a lot more!

...and so we're thrilled to announce that tickets are now on sale for our next half day retreat on Sunday 21 September: Book yours below.

Join a Sunday Morning Mamas' Retreat with Story of Mum

UPDATE: 21 September SOLD OUT - to join our reserve list, email [email protected]. Sign up for  our newsletter and selected blogs to find out when tickets go on sale for October.

What do we do at a Sunday Morning Mamas' Retreat?

It's soul nurturing for mamas...

It's time for us.

It's time out. To breathe. To make. To talk. To be heard.  

So we’ll be doing some gentle yoga with the lovely Leif Olsen, getting creative with Pippa Best of Story of Mum, and chatting with other supportive mamas (whilst eating cake and sharing a bring-and-share lunch…)

Most importantly, you’ll have precious space to hear yourself think.

No special skills or equipment required. You don’t need to be ‘creative’, or to have done yoga before. After a lovely heart-warming morning, you’ll leave feeling reconnected to YOU.

We'll provide the yoga mats, creative stimulation and the relaxation

You just need to bring yourself and the knowledge that you need some precious time for you.

Join a Mamas' Retreat with Story of MumWhat about food? We’ll provide tea and treats (probably cake…!).

To keep costs down, we’ll have a bring and share lunch at the end – so bring something simple and tasty to share from 12.30 – 1.30. 

Where? At Leif’s studio, Garbo House, Bread Street, Penzance

How much does it cost? £25

When? 9.30 – 1.30, Sunday 21 September 

Places are strictly limited to 12, so it won’t be a scarily big group – just lots of lovely mamas coming together to nurture ourselves and support each other.

Join a Mamas' Retreat with Story of Mum

You’ll leave feeling refreshed, supported, purposeful and happier.

Let us know if you have any special dietary requirements when you book your ticket, and we’ll do our best to meet your needs when we’re making cakes!

For terms and conditions, head over here.

Visit the Half Day Retreats page to find out more and hear from some lovely mamas about what we do on a half day retreat, and why they love to come.

When are the next retreats?

Join a Mamas' Retreat with Story of Mum

Join a Mamas' Retreat with Story of Mum

Come and join us on:

Sunday 21 September 2014

Sunday 26 October 2014

Sunday 30 November 2014

January 2015 date TBC

Sunday 8 February 2015

Tickets go on sale a few weeks in advance of each session.

Don't miss out

We often offer special early bird deals for Story of Mum members, so make sure you've joined us over here and signed up for 'selected blogs' to find out...!

What do mamas look at most of all...?

This month's #somum Make Date was all about where our eyes have lingered as mothers... Where have your eyes lingered today?

On our phones, on our computers, the TV, traffic and the mess. But also on our children, friends and partners, on the people that matter to us most of all.

“The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” - Henry David Thoreau

When we pause to look, we see beauty around us, especially in nature.

So this month, we pictured our kids, and described what we saw them doing - and oh there was such joy in these responses, reminding us of what we love most about them!

We talked about memories of our own childhood, our own mothers and more. We doodled and we looked and we shared. We'd love you to join in and add your own doodle over here.

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” - Michael Michalko

The contradictions of bliss

Today, I'm delighted to participate in The Mama Bliss Is Blog Tour hosted by Kathy Stowell of Bliss Beyond Naptime.  The Mama Bliss Is Blog Tour is helping to spread the word on the importance of mothers to tend to their self-care and creative practices first and foremost while contending with overwhelm in healthy and creative ways.

The contradictions of bliss - Story of Mum

It’s only since becoming a mama that I have experienced true bliss.

An all-consuming tingle of joy, a sense of being right where I am supposed to be. Completely present in the moment.

And it’s only since becoming a mama that I have experienced despair.

An all-consuming exhaustion, a feeling of failure, inadequacy and pain. Impossible tears.

How is it that those stories sit side by side so comfortably?

Does each give greater potency to the other?

There is bliss in moving away from despair. In learning that I cannot fail when I trust my instincts, that good enough is good enough, and pain will pass.

There is bliss in the moments where I let myself be.

As I step deeper into motherhood, I try to count the successes more than the failures.

And when I struggle, I try to slow myself down.

I move away from the computer screen. I look at something close up. I focus on nature, on the magic of my children’s growth. I take a moment to remember where my eyes have lingered today.

I doodle. I dance. I smile. I stretch. I let myself rest. I hold a precious memory of bliss and remind myself that this will come again.

There is a moment from the challenging early days of motherhood so precious I can call myself back there with a breath:

What is bliss? with Story of MumMy son and I lie on clean sheets under a cream waffle blanket striped with sunshine. There are things to do, so many things to do, but I am finally allowing myself to rest with the baby who hasn’t slept all night.

I am focusing on that tiny hand in mine, so fragile and so strong. On the cool breeze carrying seagull calls across the quiet. On the warmth of a soft body snuggled in under my chin, toes tickling my tummy.

I am my baby and my baby is me. All is well. And my heart swells and I cry with joy, and am so glad to feel it all. 

Now bliss comes in watching my laughing children run, swing higher, become braver and bolder.

The arrows from my bow. And an unbearable pain at letting them go. A fear of loss that brightens their aliveness. Like the taste of rain on the stormy day when you have just lost a dear friend. 

And bliss comes in moments I’m away from my children. Staking out precious time for me. To rest, to create, to be nurtured. Their absence blissful, because they are there to return to. 

Motherhood is raw and smooth, painful and beautiful. It is vital and exhausting, magical and miserable.

A fully embodied life that accepts contradictory companions. Joy and loss.

This, is bliss.


This month, we’re coming together to make some creative mama me-time and record where our eyes have lingered today – in doodles and words. We’d love you to join us. Come play with us over here.

Join our #somum Make Date to doodle and chat!

Join us on twitter on Weds 13 August from 8.30 - 10pm UK time (find world times here) to share where our eyes have lingered today, connect with other lovely mums and doodle together. It's my favourite time of the month!

Join our #somum Make Date on twitter to share where our eyes have lingered

Where have YOUR eyes lingered today...? 

Recently I've been asking myself this question each night before I go to sleep.

Where have my eyes focused? And along with them, where has my attention truly been today? 

Too frequently, the images that first pop into my mind are my phone or my computer, too much time spent looking at these instead of seeing what's happening all around me...

And yet each night I find I'm also reminded of the incredible beauty and expression of my children.

Images of their faces come back to light up my thoughts and remind me to appreciate them anew. 

We experience precious little moments like this every day.

Yet we don't often pause and truly see them.

Look at all the women - Cathy Bryant for Mothers Milk Books

So at this month's #somum Make Date, our activity is to doodle an eye and describe the first few images that come to mind when we ask ourselves where our eyes have lingered...

When you've doodled, share your creation in our I Have Watched gallery.

If you'd like some inspiration, you can read about some of the things my eyes have lingered on over here.

You can win stuff too!

To add to the fun, we have some lovely eye-related goodies to give away!

First up is a generous gift from lovely Teika at Mothers' Milk Books - their new collection of poetry from Cathy Bryant: Look At All the Women, the cover of which is also illustrated with some beautiful eyes, care of talented Georgie St Clair.

Lu and Ed Mon-stor gadget case

Second up is a one-of-a-kind one-eyed monster/mobile phone case from lovely Lu and Ed (as I got sent an extra one by mistake as part of Oh My Handmade's fabulous #makermail...).

You can choose from blue or yellow (as shown here), and I get to keep the other one!

To enter to win these goodies, all you need to do is add #somum to your tweets during the Make Date and we'll choose the winners randomly at the end of the session.

And if you've never joined us before, you might be asking...

What is a #somum Make Date?

It's a chance for mums to get together on twitter and tweet while we attempt to do something creative - like doodlingtaking a photowriting poetrymaking stuff or even squidging plasticine.

We give ourselves some creative me-time and connect with other lovely mums. We do it every second Wednesday of the month and we would love you to join us. New friends are always very welcome.

You don't have to be a clever crafter, an artist or wordsmith. We're all about having a go regardless of talent or experience. Most of all, it's about getting together and having fun.

If you just want to chat, that's completely fine. If you just want to make something and lurk and never tell us you're there, that's fine too. We're just happy you're making time for you. 

See you and your big beautiful eyes there, mama!

Where did my eyes linger today?

Last night I sat down to write this blog post and the first thing I typed was... 'I have spent too much time looking at my computer today'. Hmmmmmm.

So I got off my computer then and there, (well, not quite an immediate immediately, I may have instagrammed a photo of it first...)

Where have your eyes lingered today? with Story of Mum

But that's the joy of asking myself this question at the end of the day: Where did my eyes linger today?

It shows me where my attention has really been - what my eyes have really focused on - and sometimes I don't like what I find.

But the best thing about the question is that I can change my answers.

I can shut down my computer and start looking again.

So today has been another crazy-catch-up-on-work-while-I-have-childcare-post-holiday day, and I've been on my computer a lot again.

But this time, yesterday's question reminded me to look up now and again. And finally to put my computer away when there was something more vital to look at - my children.

So... I'll try that blog post again.

Where have my eyes lingered today?

I close my eyes and go with the first images that come into my head.

I try not to judge them or choose what might read 'best' (although I do allow myself a little poetic license with the order below...)

Where have your eyes lingered today? with Story of Mum- On my computer - endless budget spreadsheets and email searches.

- On my phone - on email checks, twitter checks, facebook checks, instagram scrolls, and yet more emails. Wasting time on deleting spam.

- On the sun glistening on the calm sea as I walk back home from meeting friends. Birds swooping from the sky down over the sea and back again, the tanker on the horizon, the Mount, the perfectly proportioned railings along the promenade.

- On the constantly filling and emptying and filling again sink, the washing up bowl and the dangerously stacked drying racks. The ever cluttered surfaces, and the wrung out dishcloth that wipes them down, over and over.

- On my daughter's back, her ridiculously long hair snaking down over her bottom, her brown summery legs, her confident walk. The colourful plasters proudly displayed on her arms.

- On the grass in the playpark, glimpses of giggling hiding girls in the rustling tall-leaved bushes, whispering and not wanting to be found.

- On my son's beautiful face, his profile as he watches a movie, his concentration and incessant delight as he follows me around the kitchen singing me his new song about traffic lights picking on a motorbike for being the smallest vehicle on the road.

These are the things that have made up my day. Lucky eyes.

Where have your eyes lingered today?


This month's activity is I Have Watched - we'd love you to join in and doodle where your eyes have lingered today.

Come play over here or join us on Wednesday 13 August from 8.30-10pm UK time on twitter for our next #somum Make Date where we can play along together and maybe even win an eye-related prize!

Mothers of Innovation

Mothers are innovators. It makes such perfect sense and yet the words, together, feel so unfamiliar.

Mothers of Innovation - the inventor of the paper bag was a woman.

As mothers, we innovate every day. We come up with inventive ways to survive tantrums, new stories to engage our kids' imagination.

We deal with constant change, we are constantly learning and failing and trying again.

Every day brings something different. Every day our child is a new version of themselves, and we innovate in response.

Mothers are amazing inspiring creative resilient world-changing innovators. But we don't normally see ourselves like that...

Which is why it was so inspiring and refreshing to attend the Mothers of Innovation conference in London last month, and to be surrounded by incredible mothers sharing stories of how they are changing the world for the better. 

Right now, you might be growing a person, nurturing, loving or missing one. However you are mothering, you'll be innovating. And you'll be telling stories.

Karyn McCluskey talks at Mother of Innovation about solutions to gang violence

The stories we tell shape our children.

They can shape the world if we dare.

At the conference, we heard from the indomitable (and I don't use that word lightly!) Karyn McCluskey about how she was able to take a completely new approach to violent gang crime, reclassifying it as a health issue.

Which gave her the resources she needed to bring huge numbers of rival gang members together in one place - a city court, surrounded by police and helicopters - to hear stories.

To hear the stories of the surgeons unable to operate on children with cleft palettes because they were so busy operating on the 'Glasgow smiles' and violent injuries of gang members. 

To hear the stories of police so busy dealing with gang crime that they had little time to focus on other crimes affecting their community.

To hear the story of a brave mother who had lost her own son, and who stood up and told them what that really felt like.

Karyn Mcluskey - mantra for innovators

And they wept in response. Because they all had mothers. And they wanted them to be proud.

And they were scared of what their mothers were most likely to feel instead.

As the stories came to an end in the court that day, Karyn gave out a number to call for help to leave their gangs behind - bringing all the different support services together to provide one clear system. 

That number was a chance to give the gang members new identities, new lives,  reconstructive surgery, tattoo removal, whatever it took to stem the tide of violence - to stop it at its source instead of just dealing with the constant tragic effects.

For the first time, she gave the gang members a choice. Something they had never been given before.

Almost 600 gang members have started new lives since the scheme started. That's at least 600 fewer mothers experiencing the horror of loss, 600 mothers feeling proud again.

Now that's what I call a Mother of Innovation.

There is very little a mother won't do when powered by the love for her children - it's an incredibly powerful force. Let's harness it to change the world, and start by sharing our stories.

You can read the full Mothers of Innovation research document packed with inspiring stories here.


If you're feeling like you're not enough right now, first of all, know that you ARE. Second of all, you might like this month's activity: I Am Enough.

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