Living your best life each and every day can be a challenge. We understand that with the stress of relationships, work and even family, you sometimes lose sight of what's important. Stephanie Clark feels your pain and offers some words of encouragement to help shift your attention onto yourself.
Ladies, please give yourselves permission to love yourselves more, says ESSENCE.com blogger Stephanie Clark. "I know that we were raised and taught that our children need to be and should be our number one priority. Yes, they should be a priority in our lives but how we care for ourselves directly impacts how we care for our children..." To read more from ESSENCE.com blogger Stephanie Clark, click here. Read More: bell hooks: 'We Need To Take Self-Esteem SeriouslyDolls and Black Girls Self-Esteem
So, you read the headline for this post and your first reaction or thought probably was, "WTH?" I will admit that I was not surprised to learn that most Americans feel this way about me and the millions of single moms in our country. I was disappointed but not surprised. It's time for us to redefine for Americans who single moms really are in this country. Most single moms, including myself, are hard-working, educated women successfully raising healthy, productive children as well as taking care of our households on our own. Yet, we tend not hear about those of us doing well on our own in the media... Read more: Do Moms Who Spank Make Their Kids Bullies?Fake Jail At Kiddie Playground Angers Local Parents
"Mom, I know you love me, but do you like me?" These words, spoken by her daughter Daphne, stung and awakened ESSENCE.com blogger Stephanie M. Clark, a former marketing executive. They also moved her to action because from them she decided to devote more time to her daughter and also start My Daughter's Keeper, a non-profit organization that works to strengthen relationships between mothers and daughters around the world. Find out how Clark made the journey, from vision to reality. For more from Stephanie M. Clark's blog "The Empowered Woman," click here. Read More: Sista 2 Sista Seminar Empowers Young GirlsYoung AA Women Enlighten Girls About HIV40 Boundary-Breaking Black Women