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?
The most challenging for me right now is navigating how to teach our kids to be true to themselves, to be kind, to be honest and to be good citizens. Our oldest is in kindergarten, and she is learning about friendships and how difficult it all can be. I can’t be with her 100% of the time, and I struggle with how do I teach her to stand up for herself and be confident and avoid the not-so-good people and activities out there that I know she will encounter. What can we teach her and tell her now that will set up a lifetime of making the right choices? The world is hard. Peer pressure is strong. People aren’t always kind and not everyone makes good decisions, and while I know my girls will encounter this, I want them to know that they can walk away from it and still be proud and have friends who honor and respect their decisions.
LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE. WHAT IS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING MAMA MOMENT YOU CAN LOOK BACK ON AND LAUGH ABOUT NOW?
WHICH MOMENTS IN PARENTING MAKE YOU FEEL THE MOST VULNERABLE OR UNSURE? WHAT RESOURCES DO YOU TURN TO IN ORDER TO FEEL BETTER?
Wondering all the time if the decisions I make for my girls are the right ones. Which sports to sign them up for, and whether to sign them up at all? Which food to send in their lunches? What snacks to give them for after school? How much TV is too much and which shows are ok to watch? Did I choose the right school? Did I say the right thing when my daughter asks “why?” I am not big on parenting books, because everyone has an opinion and they aren’t one-size-fits-all. So, I find that asking the opinions of my family and girlfriends is so helpful, but ultimately talking it all over with my husband to finalize a decision is the best resource for me. We are in this together, because we are both vested in our children’s futures and we are the ones who care the most about our own children. We make decisions together and we back each other up.
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.)
WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE ANYONE HAS EVER GIVEN YOU ON BEING A PARENT?
“You will never have this day with your children again. Tomorrow, they’ll be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift. Breathe and notice. Smell and touch them; study their faces and little feet and pay attention. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today, mama. It will be over before you know it.” (-Jen Hatmaker)
Here I share blog posts from other writers that I’ve read that inspired me as a mother.
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