Tuesday, July 10, 2007

SuperMom Revisited: The quest for shalom bayit and peace of mind

I recently wrote a reaction to babylox's excellent "Supermom?" post. At the time, I didn't realize that babylox's post was part of a much larger discussion, started by Mother in Israel with the post, The Truth about the Jewish Superwoman. The topics of this discussion ranged from battling envy and perfectionism, to the practical and philosophical methods used by mothers of many to manage running a busy and well-functioning household.

The discussion in the comments section of BabyLox's post about her observations of some of the ugly realities behind facades of seemingly perfect households demonstrated a pressing unmet need for women enduring difficult marriages to find the support and an outlet to discuss their situations. This sparked Mother in Israel to start a new blog, called "Shalom Bayit". Only a few days old, it is already a vital resource.

In response to the creation of the Shalom Bayit, Rabbi without a cause shared a congregational Rabbi's take on whether a rabbi's personal bias affects his approach to divorce counseling.

In another valuable offshoot of the SuperMom theme, SephardiLady recently posted Approaching Shabbat Calmly in response to my recent post. In addition to some very generous and kind words about this blog, SephardiLady shares her many strategies and organizational tips for reducing the stress of getting ready for Shabbat. Her approach blends routine with creativity.

She likened her family to a team, with Shabbat preparation as their sport. I think her family is very lucky to have her as their captain and coach.

Much wisdom is shared in the comments section to Sephardi Lady's post, too.

Clearly, if you're in search of a SuperMom, the blogosphere is the place to look. That's where they can be found, and where we can find each other.

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Miriam said...

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Miriam said...

I am so grateful for your blog and others like it! Such comfort and support. Baruch Hashem!

Juggling Frogs said...


Oy. And thank you.

RaggedyMom said...

I'm with you, JF - I've been following the discussions and learning a great deal!

socialworker/frustrated mom said...

Hi cool blog glad I found u and u found me.

mother in israel said...

I'm sure you won't let that happen again. :)

Am Kshe Oref - A Stiff-Necked People said...

JF! You've been tagged! :) Check my blog.

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