Rebel Mama  reb.el.ma.ma (noun.)

  1. A trail-blazing, no-nonsense, multifaceted woman who happens to be the mother of one or more children.
  2. A woman who endeavors to expand the generally accepted, traditional definition of motherhood.

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Still looking for a little clarification?  Well keep on reading and discover the 16 things that make a mom a #rebelmama.

  1. She recognizes that being a mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an aunt, a girlfriend, a professional, an artist are all part of being a woman and she prides herself on the effort she puts into being the best she can be at all aspects of womanhood.

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  1. She has her own unwavering signature style.

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  1. She recognizes the importance of loving herself and takes the time to do things to honour both her body and soul.

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  1. She adores her child(ren) and wants their lives to be rich with experiences and filled to the brim with love.

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  1. She is social and cherishes her time spent with her family, her partner, her friends, and her child(ren) equally.

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  1. She stays true to herself in every decision she makes.

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  1. She buys herself her own damn flowers.

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  1. She pursues her interests and dreams (even though scheduling time for dream chasing is a bloody nightmare).

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  1. She has an insatiable curiosity about the world around her.

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  1.  She believes in women supporting women and abhorres cattiness.

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  1. She refuses to blindly follow parenting trends and instead chooses to blaze her own parenting trail.

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  1. She is independant (sometimes to a fault).

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  1. She looks at being a mother as a welcome extension to the woman she was before her children, not a complete transformation into a new being.

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  1.  She would rather have a conversation about ideas than one about people.

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  1. She refuses to judge other mothers because she understands that everyone’s life experiences inform their parenting practices and no two can be exactly the same.

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  1. She is always on the lookout for fellow #rebelmamas with whom she can share her woes and victories and hang onto for dear life as she navigates the uncertain terrain of motherhood.

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I’m lucky enough to have a pretty extraordinary amount of #rebelmamas in my life – a couple of whose photos I’ve included in this article.  But to all my rebels out there (and I know there’s lots of you), keep doing what you’re doing! You’re my kinda gal.