After my first child was born, I quickly learned one of the pieces of sage advice offered in this month's feature for new moms sleep when the baby sleeps. Because if I didn't, watch out. Now I look back and think, boy, I thought I was tired then. Those days are a cakewalk compared to now.

After my first child was born, I quickly learned one of the pieces of sage advice offered in this month's feature for new moms sleep when the baby sleeps. Because if I didn't, watch out. Now I look back and think, boy, I thought I was tired then. Those days are a cakewalk compared to now.

But new moms, take heart. You don't need to do everything. Your most important job is taking care of the baby, and taking care of yourself. How about a girls' night out? Our article will help you plan the perfect night with friends, and give you many reasons not to feel guilty about it. A night with the girls or your spouse will help you remember who you are beyond your baby.

We'll also give you ways to nurture your family's spirituality, no matter which religion you practice (or don't). Some of these ways are surprisingly simple, like gardening. And yes, we have info on that in spades (ha ha). Planting a family garden is a surprisingly simple way to reconnected with your family and Mother Earth, and just might save you a little money in the process.

The article on Easter Seals National Child Representative Shannon Saunders Eaton will make you laugh and cry. This young lady has looked beyond her own challenges to help others in need. Her perspectives on life will surely give you pause. Please continue to support our fundraising efforts by purchasing future issues of this magazine in Kroger stores.

If you think about it, all of our features will teach you ways to slow down and take care of you and your family. Kids are only kids for a short while. Pretty soon they'll be grown and out of the house and you'll wonder what to do with all that free time.

Yes, raising a family can be quite complicated. But as a friend of mine recently said, "In between the complicated, find the pleasure."

Happy Mothers Day!