The intention of this series is to showcase a number of individuals with children primarily in elementary school and younger (But I will interview some mamas of older children too!) I will not be sharing names or photos. Why is this you ask? The purpose of the series is to bond together with our similiarities instead of using our differences to compare each other. Comparison can be the devil when it comes to parenting. I want to try to eliminate factors that would make us doubt ourselves. Please enjoy reading these interviews every Friday over the next few months!
LET’S FACE IT, THIS MOM GIG IS HARD! WHAT DO YOU FIND TO BE THE HARDEST PART?
Lack of sleep. I never imagined I’d still be waking up most nights with one or the other girl SEVEN years later. Uncle!
LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE. WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MAMA MOMENT YOU CAN LOOK BACK ON AND LAUGH ABOUT NOW?
My sisters in law hand us down kids clothes, and I decided to put my 3 year old in a “dress” that one of them had so generously handed down. When we got to the restaurant, my sister in law said “did you know that’s a nightgown!?” Oops.
WHICH MOMENTS IN PARENTING MAKE YOU FEEL THE MOST VULNERABLE OR UNSURE? WHAT RESOURCES DO YOU TURN TO IN ORDER TO FEEL BETTER?
Discipline, because I’m never sure if we’re doing it “right”. I always feel like we’re either too strong or too wimpy, and either ineffective or (worse) harmful on our child’s psyche. I try to model our discipline off other moms I see that seem to hit the right notes, but I still often come up short in my own eyes.
WE ALL HAVE BAD DAYS, AND SOME ARE WORSE THAN OTHERS. WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO COPING STRATEGY TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE REALLY ROUGH SPOTS?
WE ALL NEED HELP TO MAKE IT ALL HAPPEN. WHAT TOOLS DO YOU USE TO HELP ORGANIZE YOUR FAMILY? (APP, PRODUCT, ETC.)
A dry erase weekly calendar in my kitchen so my husband and nanny can see what’s on tap for the week.
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE ANYONE HAS EVER GIVEN YOU ON BEING A PARENT?
No one knows your kid better than you, even your doctor. If something’s not right, pay attention and get answers that satisfy you.
Here I share blog posts from other writers that I’ve read that inspired me as a mother. Read a good one here.