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					               Breakthroughs and Connections:
               A Monthly E-Newsletter from the desk of Patti Ashley

MAY 21, 2007
                          “The world can only value mothering to the extent that women everywhere stand a
                          so….We should no longer allow a mother to be defined as ‘just a mom.’ It is on he
                          built. We should no longer allow any women’s voice to be drowned out or disregar
                          women, and as we teach our sons, husbands and friends to hold them in the highes
                          mothers whose shoulders we’ve stood on and the daughters who will one day stand
                          May 2003 O Magazine

                          As another Mother’s Day has passed, I want to acknowledge all mothe
                          do in order to raise healthy, whole children. Parenting is the most imp
                          do, and at the same time it is the most misunderstood. There is no re
                          parenting, and yet just about every other job today has some certifica
                          attached to it. Why is it that we feel that mothers are just supposed t
“Don’t be                 And why is it that when we seek out parent education and support, ot
satisfied with
                          that there must be something “wrong?”
stories, how
things have gone
                          I have spent 27 years working with hundreds and hundreds of mother
for others.
Unfold your own           my psychotherapy and mentoring practice to helping women feel more
myth.” Rumi               Most women don’t want to make known how difficult parenting is beca
                          as if they have failed. My workshops and discussion groups are design
                          what we are feeling as mothers. Unfortunately, what I have found is t
                          America are feeling overloaded and inadequate, but are afraid to adm

                          Guilt, frustration, confusion, constant worry and wondering-- “Am I do
                          These are common place in America. Even though we are one of the w
                          the world, we rank third lowest in public policies for families, we have
                          population involved in the judicial system in some way, and we have a
                          high school drop out rate. I could continue on with the statistics of ho
                          fairing in regards to family support, however my point is that we are r
                          issues we need to address in order to adequately support mothers and
                          sure that we as mothers feel the pains of the world and wonder how to
                          children. That is where our instincts lie. The ways to make this chang
                          am afraid remain silent in the fear of not really knowing how or where
Upcoming Events:          then conclude that they themselves are not good enough. They want
                          children, but refuse to look at the lack of support from our culture, be
  1.   Moms at MoJos      wants to talk about it.
       Begins again in
       September at       Saturday night I sat with a remarkable group of women who are launc
       MoJos Coffee       organization “committed to the creation of a world of balance and inte
       House in
                          life is considered sacred.” The Global Culture of Women Project is
       Lafayette, CO.
       Mark your          around the world tell their intimate life stories. What an opportunity f
       calendar:          for all beings. I encourage you to look at their website: www.globalcu
       Sept. 9, Oct. 7,   consider helping in anyway that you can.
       Nov. 4,& Dec.
       2                  I also am optimistic about other organizations that are striving to mak
                          world of women as mothers. Of course, the one that is closest to my
  2.   New                Center Network in Hempstead, NY. I worked with this fabulous grou
                          years when my children were young, and I have deep respect for the
       Mothering          mothers. Check out their new website: www.mothersoughttohaveequ
       Beyond Image
       Oct. 12 & 13 at    Another amazing group in Boulder that is actively working for social ch
       the Niwot          globally is Mothers Acting Up. This is a community group that mee
       Inn—a cozy         make the world a better place for children and families. www.mothers
       bed and
       breakfast-         Moms Rising has recently made some noise in Congress and in the m
       check it out!!!    website www.momsrising.org ---and be sure to look at the other grou
       www.niwotinn.      as resources on their site as well. You might consider ordering a copy
                          Motherhood Manifesto, and hosting a house party to watch it with othe

                          Any voice that we can have as women is crucial to bringing balance to
                          speak what is true and no longer give lip service to how wonderful mo
                          Pinkola-Estes’ writes about this voice in her poem How to Silence a Wo

                          “When someone says: ‘I put up with it and you will have to put up wit
  “No ordinary work                        Announcing Mona Vie
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                          Taking care of ourselves is the most important thing we can
                                                When we thrive, our children thrive!

Patti Ashley,              “The acai berry is one of the most nutritious and pow
Ph.D., L.P.C.
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