- "My emotions were all over the place. I felt off-center, like I couldn't breathe. At the same time this was happening, I saw several beautiful celebrities in magazine spreads who'd just had babies and looked slim and fit mere weeks after giving birth. I thought, they're taking time for themselves, why aren't I? It really motivated me. I wasn't ready to conquer the physical yet because I knew the emotional had to come first, so I started doing energy-balancing work called Flow Alignment and Connection. You lie there on a massage table and essential oils are rubbed all over you. The goal is to find blocked energy points and to work on those areas. It's very subtle but extremely powerful. It made me feel renewed and peaceful. I felt like a person again."
-- Nicki Francis, 36, stay-at-home mom, New York City, mother of Jamie, 1
- "As a stay-at-home dad, I sometimes feel like I'm in a second-class position. People often assume I don't know what I'm doing as a father. I make a concerted effort to take it in stride, and I feel like a daddy activist in my own way. My coping strategy has been to just focus on the relationship between me and my children. I continually remind myself that the evidence is right in front of me, so I take my cues from my kids. If my children are happy, then I know I'm doing things just fine. I've also gotten back into yoga in a consistent way since becoming a father, doing it every day during the week. I seriously needed to chill out. Yoga gives me some time for myself, when I don't have to worry about my daughters. And it's perfect for helping me to focus, relax, and stay balanced."
-- Mahlon Stewart, 34, stay-at-home dad and physical therapy student, New York City, father of Veronica, 4 1/2, and Beatrix, 4 months
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Copyright © 2003. Reprinted with permission from the September 2003 issue of Child Magazine.