What has new motherhood been like for you?
This winter we -- Stephanie Sprenger (www.stephaniesprenger.com) and Jessica Smock (www.schoolofsmock.com) -- started a collaborative blogging project called HerStories: Tales of Friendship because we were fascinated by women's experiences of friendship. Reading women's stories, we quickly became inspired by the power of women's relationships and by how these relationships evolve during different points of women's lives.
Jessica is a mom to a toddler son, former teacher, researcher, writer, and current doctoral candidate in education whose research interests relate to parenting and gender. Stephanie is a mom to two young daughters, freelance writer, music therapist, and early childhood educator who has been writing about parenting and motherhood for her blog and other outlets for years.
As mothers with young children, we realized that we both wanted to know more about why our friendships and relationships had changed since we became new mothers. And we wanted to know if other women had similar experiences. Motherhood is such a powerful force in many women's lives, and we want to hear other women's stories of how new motherhood has affected their friendships, emotional lives, and marriages.
If you are a woman who became a mother for the first time within the last five years, we invite you to complete our survey. We thank you so much for sharing your experiences. We know that it takes time from your busy lives, and we appreciate it greatly. In the coming months, we hope to create a book project from these stories and perspectives. All surveys will be kept anonymous, and we will not share your name or contact information, unless we are given explicit permission to do so.
Please contact either of us at email@example.com or go to our HerStories website (www.herstoriesproject.com) if you have any questions. Thanks again!