Guest Blogger

Rachel Stafford

Rachel Stafford

Rachel Macy Stafford is a certified special education teacher with a Master’s Degree in education and ten years of experience working with parents and children.

In December 2010, this life-long writer felt compelled to share her journey to let go of distraction and grasp what really matters by creating the blog “ Hands Free Mama.” Using her skills as a writer, teacher, and encourager, Rachel provides readers with simple, non-intimidating, and motivating methods to let go of distraction and connect with their loved ones.

Rachel's work has been featured in USA Today, TIME.com, MSN.com, PBS.org, The Huffington Post, and Reader's Digest.

Her blog currently averages 1 million visitors a month. Her first book, Hands Free Mama, is currently available for pre-order and hits shelves in January.

Join Rachel on her journey to a more meaningful life at:
Blog -- Hands Free Mama
Facebook -- The Hands Free Revolution

Website:

handsfreemama.com

Blog Posts by Rachel Stafford

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    The Day My Child Became a Giver

    Our family began a Christmas Eve tradition two years ago. Whether we are home or on the road, we put cash into 17 envelopes that have been decorated by my children. My children walk up to 17 people that look like they could use a smile. Out of the 34 people who received an envelope, […]

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  • Hope for the Pressured Parent

    Hope for the Pressured Parent

    After helping my youngest daughter apply sunscreen, I sat in a lawn chair as my children did cartwheels and played ball in the front yard. That’s when it suddenly occurred to me—maybe I’ve been too hard on myself. Maybe I’ve been too hard on my children. And maybe, just maybe, it doesn’t have to be […]

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  • Rushing Our Children Through Life

    Rushing Our Children Through Life

    My child sat down at the picnic table delightedly admiring the heaping sno-cone she held in her hand. Suddenly, a look of worry came across her face. “Do I have to rush, Mama?” I could have cried. Here was my child simply wanting to enjoy her icy treat, but she feared she would have to […]

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  • The Flip Side of a Child’s Weakness

    The Flip Side of a Child’s Weakness

    When my daughter was three, someone told me during a toddler art class that I needed to “toughen her up” because she was too sensitive and “would have a rough life ahead.” When my daughter and I got home, I looked into my child’s big brown eyes that held so much promise and declared, “I […]

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  • Strength and Beauty in Children

    Strength and Beauty in Children

    I will never forget the day I was with a group of girls and they declared my arm the “biggest” one of all. I was only a child, but those words stuck with me and forever changed my self-perception. What I had considered to be an average-size frame was now “big.” Even at my smallest […]

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  • Worry Less Live More

    Worry Less, Live More

    When my child was fourteen-months-old, she had an aversion to shoes and preferred “walking” everywhere on her knees. I worried that she’d still be using this unconventional form of migration to cross the stage at her high school graduation. But alas, my once knee-shuffling child now has no problem wearing shoes and walks on her […]

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