How It Got Started
Hi, my name is Shanika Green, and I created this space and the Ministry of Mom membership community for working moms just like you. Because I know what it’s like to try to balance it all on your own, and there’s nothing like a community of other moms who truly get you to help make the experiences feel more normal.
I’ll never forget when my son was in kindergarten and I ran into some health complications. I was a single mom, stressed enough as it was, and then had to have open heart surgery to save my life. I was only 25 years old. No one tells you how tough motherhood can be, and they certainly don’t warn you at the hospital before sending you home that taking care of a five year old while recovering from open heart surgery isn’t going to be a breeze.
When I went to my support system, I heard the same sentiment again and again. They said I should be grateful to be alive. While their sentiments were well intentioned, the guilt poured in.
It’s not that I wasn’t grateful, I was! But couldn’t I also be physically and mentally exhausted? Couldn’t I be physically present but mentally somewhere else and need a little help navigating that situation without feeling like I was being selfish or ungrateful?
I founded the Ministry of Mom because it’s everything I needed from the time my son was born to the time I was recovering from surgery, and even now as I’m raising a teen. It’s a space to share without feeling shamed. A space to not only not feel judged, but also to have other moms say, “You’re not alone, I feel that, too.”
What started as a Facebook group where we shared recipes, stories, and parenting tips, has evolved into a real community of support and togetherness. We are young and new moms, we are not so young and experienced moms, and we even have some grandmothers among us. Because the need for support from other moms never goes away. Especially when you’re balancing your career and motherhood simultaneously -- we need all the help we can get. And let me say it loud and clear… it’s okay to ask for help, and you deserve to feel heard and to have help building the tools to navigate this life.
There are plenty of free resources on this site, but I invite you to join our Ministry of Mom membership for a nominal fee and enjoy these exclusive benefits for members:
Weekly lives with life hacks and tips so you have more time to take care of yourself,
Recipes that are budget and time friendly so you can make meal prep fun and full of variety without adding stress or attempting overly complicated recipes or ones that will break the bank,
Guest mentors and speakers covering everything from finances and budget to fashion, mental health, homeschooling, and imposter syndrome,
Guest mentor Q&As so you can pick the brains of our guest mentors and understand how to apply their tools to your exact life circumstances,
Monthly member spotlights and birthday gifts to make you feel special and a true part of our community, and
Quarterly gatherings and annual brunch meetups starting in 2022 to build community, network, and truly become friends with the fellow moms you see on Zoom every month.
Similar networking groups for women can cost upwards of $50-100 per month. Some even charge additional fees for trainings and resources.
With the Ministry of Mom membership, you’ll have access to all live trainings, all recorded trainings, all resources, swag discounts, and more for just $30/month.
I know sometimes as moms, we put everyone’s needs ahead of our own. But I’ve seen the effects of making that a habit -- it ends in resentment, regret, and feelings of failure. I believe that because we have so many responsibilities as moms and professionals, we have to choose to put ourselves and our needs first. Just as we’re told on an airplane to put our own oxygen mask on before helping others in the event of an emergency, we need to fill our own cup so that we have the energy to fill those around us.
When you join the Ministry of Mom community, your cup will be overflowing and you’ll be well equipped to fulfill your multiple responsibilities without guilt, without resentment, without regret.