In My Defense by Odeta Xheka

Apparently, my life story seems to make sense to the world only if viewed through the prism of my motherhood—the rest of me, or what I feel is my whole being, gets relegated to unfulfilled potential. The creator in me keeps a purposefully irregular schedule, craves solitude, must fade out of reach in order to work. The mother, the daughter, the wife doesn’t have a minute to herself.

Read In My Defense originally published by MUTHA MAGAZINE here


I'm Tired of Hearing Self-Care is The Antidote to Mom Burnout by Odeta Xheka

What about the pressure of it all? You tell me! Just, please, don’t say all I need is a quiet afternoon to myself (I’ve had that), a good book (I’ve read lots of them) and a chat with a trusted friend (done and done). I need more that well-meaning but fundamentally non-essential advice to fight my mom burnout.

Read I'm Tired of Hearing Self-Care is The Antidote to Mom Burnout originally published by HER VIEW FROM HOME here


A Body to Die For by Odeta Xheka

As a mom (in possession of a bod), I take umbrage at the notion of a mother’s body reduced to this level of superficial yet vicious in-fights between those who show off their tight stomachs as a sign of hard work and superior self-discipline, and those who proudly exhibit their out- of-shape body as a sign of self-acceptance and personal growth. Bodies are not meant to be viewed as some sort of moral compass. Bodies are bodies – amazingly functional machines that allow all of us to experience life.

Read A Body to Die For originally published by THE MOPS Blog here


The Sacrificial Mother - The New Global Icon by Odeta Xheka

On the brink of turning forty, an artist by profession and a jack of all trades by necessity, a poet and a picture book creator, a disenchanted wife and an engaged social crusader, a daughter and a mother, an avid reader and a good baker, how do I want people to see me? Which facet of my multidimensional persona do I choose to put in front of them as worthy for further examination? Unfortunately, the choice has already been made. No matter what else I am (decent at chess) or aspire to one day become (a voyager of distant lands), to the world I am first and foremost a mother.

Read The Sacrificial Mother - The New Global Icon originally published by BLUNT MOMS here


Mamma Mia by Odeta Xheka

Is there a parenting mode far superior to the rest? If not, how should one go about figuring out the best way to mother her brood? I, for one, have given this a lot of thought.

Read Mamma Mia originally published by TODAY SHOW Parenting Team here


Tonight's the Night by Odeta Xheka

If you feel you are failing miserably at having it all figured out, don’t. Listen to yourself. Don’t be afraid to feel your feelings. After all, there is no manual on how to live and growing up surely does not abide by age limits.

Read Tonight's the Night amma Mia originally published by TODAY SHOW Parenting Team here


The Least Identifiable Bully: Mom & Dad by Odeta Xheka

Despite the abundance of interest on the topic, there is still yet another dimension of bullying that has escaped the scrutiny almost entirely: accidental bullying. This occurs when a well-intentioned parent tries to positively impact his or her offspring by utilizing an ineffective technique.

Read The Least Identifiable Bully: Mom & Dad originally published by TODAY SHOW Parenting Team here


Encouraging a Growth Mindset Through Picture Books by Odeta Xheka

Picture book art illustrations (increasingly popular even among older and/or sophisticated readers) are ideally suited to foster a growth mindset by presenting children with rewarding opportunities for interpretive discussions. In other words, by allowing children to take ownership of the story, wordless picture books gift readers with the unique opportunity of transforming into storytellers in their own right instead of simply probing the book pages for clues on the author’s intentions.

Read Encouraging a Growth Mindset Through Picture Books originally published by KIDS' BOOK REVIEW here