What surprises you most about being a mom?
What surprises me most about being a mom is the continuous learning curve that comes with raising children. I mean, do we ever get it completely right? Some days I think I have it together, but other days I think I don’t know anything at all, Even in trying times, I try to remember that every challenge passes and the relationships we build in our families are more important than present disappointments or frustrations.
Who has been impactful in your journey as a mother?
I have noticed that mothers sometimes experience a crisis of confidence when it comes to raising their children. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and wonder if the right decisions are being made especially when challenges arise. There are experts in medicine, child development, psychology, and teaching who can offer professional opinions; but mothers really do know best. “Knowing best” doesn’t mean mistakes aren’t made, but mothers’ unique connection with their children qualifies them to be their primary decision-makers. No multi-degreed professional can take the place of a loving mother in a child’s life.
What continues to inspire you in your motherhood journey?
I am inspired by my own daughters just beginning their motherhood journey. There is nothing more joyful than watching your own babies become mamas. What an adventure! I am awed by what they already intuitively know, and their strong connection to their babies. I am inspired by my new role Nana! I’m learning an entirely new aspect of mothering, drawing upon the example of my own mom who is an amazing Grandmom to my children. I am inspired by intergenerational exchanges that bless and connect generations of great women who teach and inspire each other.