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PostPOURtum Thoughts: Moms Share Their Takeaways from 2020

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Photo Credit: Renee’ Saraceni

Though it has been a hectic year, there are many lessons mothers have taken away amidst the chaos. The following mothers share all... while sipping some coffee!

“I am Stronger Than I Ever Thought Possible.”

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Photo credit: Leah Gemmati

“[I am] grateful for sunshine, new beginnings, and lots of family time. I learned I don't do well with unknowns, I need to exercise for my sanity, and I am stronger than I ever thought possible.” – Leah Gemmati, mother of two

“Struggles, Self-Discovery, and Special Time With my Toddlers.”

Jennifer Aline Grahaam

Photo credit: Jennifer Aline Graham

“This year was tough, but it was truly like any other year – filled with struggles, self-discovery, and special time with my toddlers. Quarantine brought forth many changes when it came to routine, but it allowed me to connect with my girls on a more personal level that may not have happened if the pandemic hadn’t come about. I learned I can move forward and be the independent mother, and adult, I’ve always been and always wanted to be. I’ve learned that there are good people out there willing to help and support you when you need it most. 2020 has also taught me so much about patience, my passions, and how I want my future to play out.”

“I Have Come to Terms with Allowing Myself to be Flawed.”

Beautiful Coffee Mug

Photo credit: Alyssa Kurtzworth

“Despite everything, 2020 hasn’t been the ‘worst year of my life.’ I’m about 90% sure my daughter’s favorite color is purple, which is my favorite color, so naturally I’m elated. I usually wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas, but this year I was excited to set up our pink tree early! I did a lot of introspective thinking this year, which has improved my mental state immensely. Through my self-learning adventure, I have come to terms with allowing myself to be flawed. I don’t completely love myself yet, but I’m getting there. I allowed myself to be more open with my father. I shared my story with him, and even though I don’t believe we’ll ever have a close relationship, it’s been a relief taking about 20+ years of pent up emotions and laying them out on the table. There’s no more hurt, misunderstanding, or contempt.” – Alyssa Kurtzworth, mother of one

“I’ve Learned to Let My Kids be More Independent.”

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Photo credit: Jessica Sugg

“[Some positives of 2020 have been] that my husband is able to work from home, Christmas decorations went up early, and I found extra time to wrap Christmas presents. What I’ve learned in 2020 is… don’t allow an election effect your friendship! [I’ve learned] to let my kids be more independent. I tend to help them a lot and I don’t always need to. Oh, and I’ve learned to cook way more meals.” – Jessica Sugg, mother of three

“Worth the Wait and the Stress.”

Christmas Tree and Coffee

Photo credit: Michele Graham

“It's been a long year, but worth the wait and the stress. My husband finally has his own restaurant that brings financial stability - since I'm still furloughed. We moved out of our rental house and bought a beautiful home. The girls are happy and we're all healthy. I'm able to decorate early and purge the worldly stuff I truly don't need. The purge is healthy too. Still crazy stressed, but there’s so much to be thankful for this year.” – Michele Graham, mother of two



 Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, mama of twins, and a passionate freelance writer and author. She writes for Moms.com on a regular basis and has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, and In Good Health Newspaper. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings, and caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.

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  • Jennifer Aline Graham
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