Whole Parenting Family

Skirts, Lent, Women Working

I’m not on my blogging game! I have so many drafts but the interruptions are constant and the time scarce. The baby (toddler, truth be told) got four molars at once so no one has slept much. Work has been insane for my husband so mostly I’m battling many kids on all fronts by evening and can’t inch over to my computer!


Yes, I reopened my Whole Parenting Goods shop with flannel skirts for the deep cold of winter that Minnesota is experiencing. Mostly because I just love flannel and lace. A few are left!


It is a mere two weeks away and Blessed is She has another reflection journal authored by Laura Kelly Fanucci, even more amazing than our Advent one, and that’s saying something. If you want to do something different this Lent, something deeper, something beautiful and hope filled, it’s here. We always sell out so if you’re on the fence, get off it. Laura wrote more about it on her blog. The short of it is that “She Who Believed” is a journey through the Old Testament ladies and New Testament ones, hearing their stories and hearing our own echoing within them. It all ties in with our journeying with Christ toward Calvery. Beautiful and life changing!

Okay, now for the big discussion.

Can we all agree that mothers who work outside the home and mothers who work in the home are all doing their best? I have yet to meet a mother who is determined to ruin her children’s emotional and mental health. I wrote about it extensively last year when I was on the Jennifer Fulwiler show discussing it but it bears repeating. Being a career mom is not an immoral choice. Being a neglectful and unloving mom is. The two are not synonymous.

That wasn’t so hard, was it?

Back to nursing & rocking, my fav evening activity. I *might* even shower later!! Exciting times!



  1. Jenna of Blessed on February 1, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    I love you. This is perfect <3

    • Natural Mama Nell on February 18, 2018 at 11:30 am

      love you!!

  2. Sara R on February 1, 2018 at 3:15 pm

    I think most all of us mothers are doing our best! We aim to raise happy, healthy, loving children. I don’t believe that changes whether you work outside the home or not. I loved your original post on this. I agree that people put too much emphasis on it being a moral choice. I think that’s why a women get defensive on this subject. No one wants to feel attacked on that level about their choices. Lets all just agree that we are doing the best for our families no matter what our choices are!

    • Natural Mama Nell on February 18, 2018 at 11:28 am


  3. Jann Elaine on February 7, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    I guess the question of “doing your best” comes down to “the best for who?”

    I know a lot of mothers who work because they like the feeling of accomplishment, they like the pay, they like their job, they like not having to change diapers all day, they like talking to adults instead of toddlers, they like to feel important, they like vacations or eating out or Prada.
    Working outside the home may be “trying their best” for themselves, but I don’t agree that all mothers are “trying their best” for the children. It’s sounds nice to say but I just don’t think that’s the truth of it, at least based on my experience.
    That’s my experience of mothers in the families I know in the every day world in the large city I live in, perhaps in a small, rural religious community it is different. Not a fan of the “everyone is doing good, everyone is awesome” mentality because I don’t think it does anyone any good.