Getting “Comfortable” with Motherhood


I recently attended a panel discussion at Bloomingdale’s entitled, “Momhood Through The Years.” The intention was to capture the panelist’s fashion style through varying points on the spectrum of motherhood – from new mom to empty-nester. The discussion ranged from their advice on juggling the work-life balance to their favorite fashion-forward look (we were at Bloomies after all!). 

While they all were at different stops on their journey through motherhood, they all voiced one must-have. Comfort. 

Each mom started their description of their preferred look with comfortable. And while comfort meant something different to each (one woman actually was comfortable in 4″ heels!) it was equally important to all of them. I stood there looking at six completely unique women/moms/employees asking for the same thing – to feel like they can be themselves. 

See, that’s what I took as the definition of comfortable. They weren’t suggesting they wanted to run around in sweat pants (although that does have my vote for new office attire) they were simply wanting to feel good in their own skin.

The woman at the end of the panel, the empty-nester, resonated with me. There she was, “done” with the chaotic times of mothering, and all she wanted was to be comfortable in this next phase of her life. Although we’re at opposite ends of the parenting continuum, with her kids in college and mine still in diapers, she showed me it never gets easier, it just gets different. 

My comfort today will probably not be my comfort of tomorrow. But as long as I am comfortable with my own style, be it outerwear or parenting, I may just find a little inner relaxation in this never-ending remarkable journey through momhood.

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Angela Bosco is a native of Westchester. She chose Briarcliff Manor as her home after too many hurricanes in Florida and too many people in NYC. She’s mom to her son, Blaise (2016), who’s energy she simultaneously envies and fears. She shares a love of adult beverages with her husband Michael who, like her, is in the spirits industry. A self-proclaimed expert multi-tasker, you can find her on the Hudson Line cramming podcasts, emails and breakfast while penciling in her eyebrows and trying not to spill coffee on her seat mate during her morning commute to the city. On her free time she struggles to choose between doing yoga, reading NY Times best-seller’s or watching all things Real Housewives: the latter usually wins out. In her 20s you could hear her asking when her life would begin- now in her 30s you’ll find her reveling in it-chaos and all.