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“He’s going to get bullied,” I was told. If I allow my son to continue to cry the result would be bullying. And while I usually have a lot to say, I was speechless. It infuriated me that already, as toddlers, it was expected that I teach my boys how to NOT have any feelings that are considered anything other than “masculine.” Unfortunately, that has not been the only time that cultural gender norms have already played a role in the lives of...

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“It’s time to go to sleep. Goodnight sweetie. I love you” I say for the twentieth time. I say it through a clenched jaw and with tightened fists.I can feel my skin start to boil with rage. We have been to the bathroom at least ten times with no success. He tells me there are spiders in the ceiling vents - validated that fear and got creative with some so-called spider spray. He needs me to sing him our song again. He wants me to lay by him...

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Stuck Together Stick Together: A couples guide to staying together during the quarantine.

“In general, when people live in acute stress, either cracks in their relationship will be amplified or the light that shines through the cracks will be amplified” - Esther Perell

Do you remember the days when you first decided to live with your partner? There is a reason that they used to say that the first year of marriage was the hardest....

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What is this new normal that is happening around us? A new normal that is aimed at physically protecting us from a global pandemic that is resulting in the isolated loss of so many across the world. Necessary steps like staying home, social distancing, quarantining, and flattening the curve, are all in place to guard our own physical well-being. Just one problem...this new norm is also resulting in another pandemic of emotional unrest....

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Happy May Mamas! Some things change: like spending Mother's Day in social distancing. Some things remain the same: we've got some amazing Mamas in Our Village. This month's amazing mom is Althea! Peep the pictures at the end of the interview to see Althea reaching major goals of getting back to pre-baby weight with the help of our virtual village!

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It was a rainy Thursday afternoon. The morning was made up of obstacle courses, tears, legos, tears, painting, yelling, tears, a stroller walk to let off steam and to see some construction vehicles, and then of course some tears. Rice Krispie treats were mentioned at lunch (no idea where that came from) which led to excessive excitement followed by excessive disappointment after finding out that we did not have marshmallows in the house....

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Mama, you are NOT alone.

What if I’m not a good mom? What if she stops breathing? I need to go check if she’s breathing. What if it’s too cold in the room? No, it’s too hot in the room. Is she buckled in correctly? What if she’s sick? Am I feeding her too much? Why isn’t my milk coming in? I hate breastfeeding. Am I failing? Why is she crying? She’s always crying. I’m not good at this. I feel so alone. Why don’t I like my baby yet? I’m...

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So much change is happening in our world right now. This is true on a large societal scale, in our individual homes, and in our own thoughts and feelings. Am I going to get sick? Will I lose my job? How is this impacting our economy? What is this summer going to look like? When will things go back to normal? There is an unfathomable amount of uncertainty that we each are trying to cope with in our own individual ways.

Our kids are...

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Can we talk about what it means to be a mom in today’s world? Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, a full-time working mom, a part-time working mom, a step-mom, a single mom, a dog mom (yeah, that’s not REALLY the same), you are expected to wear so many hats. Being a mom can be the hottest hat and the ugliest hat to wear. And yet still we wear the hat of a daughter, sister, employee, chef, chauffeur, booboo healer, planner, lego builder,...

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“Stay positive” they say. Okay, sure. It would be great if we could all stay positive all the time, especially during this pandemic. And despite the Coronavirus and social distancing, there are still a lot of positive things happening in the world, in our neighborhoods, and in our homes. But, let’s be real about it, there are a lot of things that also suck. It is essential that we acknowledge and accept the sucky parts just as much as we...

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It's April, y'all! March felt like the looooongest month ever and I take back all the bad things I said about January. Our Village (and the world) has seen a lot of changes these past couple of weeks but our mamas have been rolling with the punches and have stayed as connected as ever!

This is no April Fools joke when I say this mama we are showcasing today is motivational! I planned to showcase her this month specifically to highlight...

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Happy March Mamas! It's really starting to feel like spring out there! Are you bummed we haven't had a good snow or are you team #spring? No matter which side you're on, I think we can all agree that the best part of our blog each month is featuring a new mama! Join me this month in getting to know Susan Bond, our March Motivational Mom of the Month!

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Can we all take a moment of silence for the relief we feel now that January is over?! The “Monday” of the year! With a new month brings us a new mom to love on and this month’s motivational mom is Hina!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

I was googling gyms to join while being postpartum and then I found Fit4mom. Less than a year, can’t remember when I joined. But...

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Happy New Year Mamas! 2019 was a good year for us and we had some pretty awesome Motivational Moms! Join me in welcoming our first Motivational Mom of the Month of the new year, Samantha Baker!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

I found Fit4Mom through Google! I was looking for a way to exercise with my new baby and Stroller Strides came up! I've been attending SS...

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Happy December Y’all! It’s the last month of the year AND the last month of THE DECADE! I’ll wait while you let that sink in for a second.

This month we wanted to spotlight TWO mamas who have shown up and shown out in our Body Back Transformation sessions! Working out with a friend helps keep you accountable and getting a little kid-free time with a fellow mom friend can do wonders for you.

Join me in getting to know our Body...

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Happy November Mamas! One thing I love about FIT4MOM is that no matter where you go, you can find your village. Our November Motivational Mom of the Month can attest to that as she just recently moved to RVA from Denver! Please give a warm welcome to Amanda Pando!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

I have been apart of a FIT4MOM for 3.5 years. I joined my local...

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Where did September go!? It’s like you blink and it’s over! I know I’m in full on Halloween costume mode so I always look forward to October! I also look forward to learning more about one of our amazing moms and this month we have Melissa!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

During the summer of 2016, I went to a class in West Broad Village with Natalie and I had...

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How is it already September!? Hope everyone has had a good week so far getting back into the swing of school again! Take a midday break and welcome this month’s Motivation Mom, Karen!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

A good friend and I did Stroller Strides with our first children (9 years ago!) and loved it! It helped get us back in shape and gave a structure...

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Happy August Mamas! We’re holding on to the last little bit of summer. And one of the ways we’re doing that is with our super fun play groups with water, and ice and sharks...OH MY! Amanda is our Southside playgroup captain and she’s our August Motivational Mom of the Month.

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

I've always heard great things about FIT4MOM from my...

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Can anyone else believe it’s July!? This month’s Motivational Mom started with FIT4MOM in Body Back and has now joined us for the summer in Stroller Strides!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

Fit4MOM was recommended to my by a friend of mine when I was pregnant. I thought about joining over my maternity leave time but I was too overwhelmed by being a new mama....

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Hey Mamas! Please join me in welcoming our June Motivational Mom of the Month, Katherine Agelasto! If you’ve had the privilege of meeting Katherine you know how warm and welcoming she is. She is the definition of motivational as she shows up to Stroller Strides and powers through her allowed exercises...but I’ll let her elaborate on that...

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Our May Mom of the Month is our first client to ever participate in all 3 of our programs! Lulu started with us in FIT4BABY, spent her maternity leave with us in Stroller Strides and has now transitioned to Body Back.

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village?

It was just over one year ago in March 2018, when I was expecting my second daughter that I came across FIT4MOM...

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Happy April Mamas! This Motivational Mom has been with us for close to 2 years! She always has a smile on her face and is one of our most dedicated members to Stroller Strides! Join me in getting to know Stacey Gray a little better :)

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village? I started going to Stroller Strides when Robbie was 12 weeks old so almost two years now…I had just...

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Meet our February Motivational Mom of the Month and NEW Playgroup Captain, Sydney!

How did you find FIT4MOM Richmond and how long have you been a part of our village? I was a member of the Falls Church-Vienna-Fairfax Village until my family moved here in October 2018. The first thing I did after moving was join this Village!

What do you love most about being part of this community? The support of...

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