How Important Your Women Friends Are

mindy“… I had my husband and my kids and I sort of forgot about how important having a lot of good women in my life really is….”

My name is Mindy Bhuyan. I have three kids, (13 year old girl, 11 year old boy, and 7 year old girl) also a puppy chocolate lab.
When I was six, I wanted to own a monkey. If my six year old self could give me advice, she would say :  Don’t forget how fun it is to climb trees, ride bikes, and play in the dirt.

Join Mindy on My Mommy Manual’s Discussions page where she and the other WAG Women will be sharing what WAG has brought to her life… “I feel very safe with this group of women. I could do anything or say anything and it would be okay.”

How to Let Your Kid Come Out to Play

zumwaltMy name is Allie. I am a very happy and proud mom of two little fraggles (a 5 year old girl and a 2 year old boy). I like to think that I am a good Mom (making many mistakes and learning valuable lessons along the way) but the jury is still out on whether I do my job well—time will only tell. My kiddos may get me the T-shirt that claims that they have “The Best Mom in the World” (they are slightly biased) but I will wait to see if they are still saying that when they are thirty-something.

When I was six years old, I am pretty sure I wanted to be a boy. That probably sounds like a psychiatrist’s dream to say something like that but, whatever!!! Boys were good at everything, they could go topless anywhere, and they did not have to wear big, annoying, bows in their hair.

I wish I could say that my six year old self would say something so profound to me–full of wisdom and and life changing but probably not.  Most likely, my six year old self would tell me two things that would go something like this: “You have a big old honkin’ piece of broccoli in your teeth” and “Remember that I am still in here somewhere and I LOVE it when you let me out to play.”

Join Allie on My Mommy Manual’s Discussions page where she and the other WAG Women will be sharing what WAG has brought to her life… “I can be myself. Exactly who I am!”

How to Laugh with Friends

monnieMy name is Monnie Brodbeck and I am the mom of two loving, happy girls, Hannah (age 6) and Lydia (age 3) and a sweet golden retriever named Tenakee.  My husband, Steve, and I are a team as we play, work, laugh, and explore as a family. We all enjoy the outdoors and find joy in adventures of all kinds. When I was six, I wanted to ride my horse everyday and play outside.

I lived on a horse ranch in South Dakota where I played outdoors everyday, creating imaginary games and playing with horses, dogs, and cats.  If my six year old self could give me advice, she would say, “Keep it real.  Be all that you want to be and love your happy life. Have fun and laugh with friends!!” Monnie is the force behind the Original WAG, a group in which a woman can experience “adventures” and all the personal growth and empowerment that come with them, with the support and the security of her girlfriends.

Join Monnie on My Mommy Manual’s Discussions page. where she and her WAG Women will be sharing how and why she started her WAG, “As moms and as women, we need things that are all about us. It really is an opportunity to celebrate together, to explore and to learn and to have a good time.”