Category Archives: community

How Are The Parents?

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What would community be like if instead of only asking: “How are the Children”, we also asked: “How are the Parents?”

After all, we can’t expect flowers to turn into fruit if we don’t water the roots.

Research (and common sense) show that when the needs of parents are met, the whole society thrives.
This important advocacy issue is the subject of a lighthearted interactive show that will take place during the Ithaca Commons Reopening Celebration, on Saturday August 29 at 2pm.

This program is a collaboration between Yael Saar, the Founder of Mama’s Comfort Camp, Ithaca’s largest mom’s network, John Simon, Ithaca’s beloved singer songwriter, and Diane Hamilton, a fantastic local children’s yoga teacher.

The show will (sing and) dance around many profound questions:

What if we focused on meeting needs rather than chase impossible expectations?

What if it was easy to ask for help and actually get it?

How can we Re-Village community?

How can we build organic support bridges between community members so that by doing things that are easy for us we could offer relief for others without adding stress to our own lives?

And how can people who are not currently raising children interact with families in ways that support and delight everyone involved?

And what do you know, we can ask these questions in a way that will keep grown-ups and children of all ages singing and clapping along.

So come join us!
We will have some delightful guests share songs and stories about things that bring the best out of all of us.
You can let us know you are coming on the Facebook event page right here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/590727717734158/
(but this is a street performance, so no RSVP is required).

We will kick the show off with a FlashMob dance to the song: We Are Family! by Sister Sledge.

The moves are easy enough to learn on the spot, but you can get ahead of the game by learning the steps with these videos:

The whole dance:

Step by step:

We did this once before and it was a blast: This is what the Ithaca festival Flashmob looked like:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IidLsTlv7S4

This will be great fun, and even more fun with you there. The Grand Reopening of the commons festivities will go strong all weekend long. come find us on the family stage on West MLK street on Saturday at 2pm.
Please share this invitation, your help spreading the word goes a long way.

 

PS: are you a member of our facebook group?
Mama’s Comfort Camp is a free and unique support forum. We are thousands of mothers from all around the world (over 1000 from the Ithaca area) connecting via this private facebook group to offer loving peer support online and mutual assistance locally. Together we normalize the challenges and celebrate the joys of this roller-coaster ride called motherhood, all in a safe space free from judgment, protected from unsolicited advice, and steeped with respect and kindness. In Ithaca we enjoy a vibrant and responsive network of local moms helping each other out. We hold free monthly support meetings, fun gatherings, and classes.
Free and open to moms of kids of ANY age: from moms of newborns to grandmothers and every stage in between.

You can ask to join the group at https://www.facebook.com/mamas.comfort.camp

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Goodies for you! Bathroom humor coloring pages

How often do you go to the bathroom as soon as you notice have to pee? Right. Same here. So we made these coloring pages for you. You can color them,  put them where you can see them, and give yourself permission to pause, and go pee, knowing that sisters from around the world are… Continue Reading

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Enchanting heart songs: 3rd annual Valentine’s Day Song Circle.

Can a song be sweeter than chocolate, last longer than a greeting card, and show more love than a dozen roses? With Valentine’s day almost upon us, Mama’s Comfort Camp dares you to chant a love song. This doestn’e have to be instead of more tangible tokens of love, but it could very well be.… Continue Reading

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A Personal Climb out of Darkness

This is a guest post by Mama’s Comfort Camp Den Mother Aryeal Jackson. She is sharing her story with us in support of her event Climb out of Darkness 2014. A fundraiser to benefit Postpartum Progress and raise awareness for maternal mental illness. Details can be found at http://postpartumprogress.org/climb-out-of-the-darkness/. Aryeal blogs athttp://wavesofsynchronicity.weebly.com   “The voice… Continue Reading

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Mother’s Day: The WHY and the HOW

The WHY: The HOW: WHY+HOW = True all year round. Have a great Mother’s Day. And I invite you to treat yourself to this 3 minutes ritual we shared last year: The Self Kindness Pause (complete with a meditation to listen to and poster you can print). Much love, Yael     Continue Reading

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The problem with the Oxygen Mask analogy, and the Right to Retreat.

Subversive Self-Care: The problem with the Oxygen Mask analogy, and the right to retreat. Did your mother model self-care for you? Most of our mothers never practice self-care, so we don’t see it as an option until much later than is good for us. And nobody teaches it in college, though we really would benefit… Continue Reading

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A song of unconditional love

I Always Love You Lyrics : Yael Saar (John helped). Music: John Simon (Yael helped). It’s hard to be your age So much you just can’t do So much you just can’t reach So much that’s not allowed It’s my job to guide you, and try not get in the way I hope you will… Continue Reading

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Comfort Carnival to celebrate our 2nd birthday

We are so excited to offer a family carnival to celebrate our group’s 2nd birthday! This is a real event, in the real world, not an online gathering. Our headliner, John Simon is a walking comfort pill, you got to hear the man. In addition to John we have a wonderful lineup of performers of… Continue Reading

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The Self-Kindness Pause

I have a little something for you: a tool you could use to create a pocket of comfort for yourself. It comes with permission and encouragement to take a moment just for you. I’m going to start with a question, and answer it with an invocation: Self-care is hard. And it’s easy to feel guilty about not… Continue Reading

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Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health at Postpartum Progress

I am honored to be included in the  5th annual (FIFTH!!!) Mother’s Day Rally for Moms’ Mental Health at Postpartum Progress. Katherine Stone will feature 24 letters to new moms, one posted each hour on the hour, from great writers who understand the struggle of postpartum mood disorders. This event is so moving: words of wisdom and inspiration that… Continue Reading

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