Motherhood is a beautiful experience. In fact, it can be so gratifying that many women forget the pain of childbirth and have more children. However, babies are not born with an instruction manual telling us how to feed and raise them. It is important to be prepared for this big step in our lives and learn as we go.

Your experience as a mother can help other women who have yet to become mothers or mothers-to- be who fear the responsibility of motherhood.

Feel free to write your experiences the way you wish. You can use your own ideas, or use the questions below as a guide. In the event you use a question, you should only answer that question. You may also answer several questions in separate entries and allow us to choose the best one for the book. Whatever your preference, only a maximum of 2,000 characters will be published.

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What did you feel about being a mother before becoming one yourself?
What was your greatest fear about becoming a mother?
What was the first thing you thought upon seeing your son or daughter for the first time?
How do you juggle your career and being a mom?
How does your experience of being a mom compare to that of your mother or grandmother?
What was the most difficult part of your pregnancy and labor?
What has been most difficult for you in caring for and raising your child?
Did you breastfeed your baby? What was this experience like?
How does your spouse or partner share parenting responsibilities?
In what ways has society helped you to be a better mother?
Have you ever felt frustrated as a mother? Why or why not?
Have you ever felt that you were an accomplished mother? Why or why not?
In your opinion, what is the most beautiful thing about being a mother?
In your opinion, what is the saddest thing about being a mother?
What is your funniest story about being a mother?
What do you think of your mother now that you are a mother too?
Why would or wouldn't you have another baby?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a mom?
What would you say to people who want to have children but cannot?
What would you say to people who do not want to have children?
What would you say to people who abuse or mistreat their children?
Have you ever regretted becoming a mother? Why or why not?
What useful tips did your mother or grandmother give you about being a mother?
Name three things that you want for your children.
What things do you still have to improve in order to be a better mother?
What mistakes have you made as a mother that you hope you never make again?
Which methods of discipline have worked best for you?
What message would you like to give your children?
What is the best advice you could give to your children?
I want to tell my story my way.

Your story or anecdote will be published under a pseudonym or your real name followed by your age, city, state or province, and country in parentheses. Example: Meagan Stuart (age 32, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA). It is your choice to use your name or not. However, for administrative purposes, you will need to give contact information. This information is kept confidential. This information will not be published or shared with anyone under any circumstance, unless you instruct us otherwise in writing. See Participation Requirements for more information.

100 Plus TRUE STORIES: I'm a Mom is a book that will be published under the Cambridge BrickHouse Books (CBH Books) label. This book will form part of the 100 Plus TRUE STORIES series. The objective of this series is to collect and share life experiences so that readers may identify with and/or learn from them.

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