This woman of grace has known me all my life. She exemplifies love, and is a voice of constant faith and encouragement. Today, Mom Dee sprinkles us with refreshing wisdom as she talks about celebrating individuality, reflections on the aspects of parenting she enjoyed the most, and more. Mom Dee, thank you for allowing us a glimpse into your life in words.
How many children do you have? 3
Are you a mom of girls, boys, or both? I have three daughters who are now adults and have children of their own. I feel double blessed in that I am a mother and a grandparent, which is a whole different world of giving privileges and feeling privileged.
What aspect of parenting do you enjoy the most?
The part of parenting I enjoyed the most was the process of watching the child become an adult.
As a parent, you will witness showing them what to do, then making commands or telling them what to do, then in humility asking and making requests of them. But if you live long enough, the last juncture is when you can only give advice to them and maybe they will listen.
How did you avoid playing favorites?
I learned verbal praise and validation from my family of origin and I kept that treasure in my toolbox.
As I became a parent, I felt it important to appreciate each child for the unique characteristics that they brought to my heart and our home.
I used verbal praise and validation as a way to celebrate each child. I asked God to help us to provide an arena for who they were and would become. I took every opportunity to celebrate their individuality, and as I modeled that, I encouraged each of them to participate in the art of uplifting and praising each other. The Bible speaks of each of us as unique and fearfully made.
How do you accept your children for who they are?
Once I understood the definition of individuality, I learned to protect against making selections, having a preference, or allowing others to destroy the special little Gems God entrusted to me.
I think favorites are for things. Children are too splendid to select a favorite.
I am all the more grateful for the women (like Mom Dee) who have chosen to join me on this journey of transparency and support – ESPECIALLY in addition to the life adjustments and loads we are all experiencing in the midst of COVID-19! I can’t thank you enough.
Connection and support are vital to our growth and survival as humans and as Women. I have met many Mothers (myself included at one point) who are going through the trenches and carrying loads solo. This has often led to depression, loneliness, isolation, and such guilt and shame in “not measuring up”.
My prayer is that the women who lay eyes on “Our Life in Words”, will be encouraged, enlightened, and all the more hopeful.
For the Moms,
This series is for the Moms! In honor of Mothers, this May will be chock-full of real stories of Motherhood from Moms of all ages, in all stages. Join me as I feature different Moms (on a weekly basis) who will so graciously be sharing their life in words.
If you missed the previous feature, catch it here! Stay tuned for more stories of triumph, valleys, and faith.
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