How many kids do you have and how old are they?
I have two children, a 12-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son.
2. What is the best part about being a mom?
Besides the hugs and kisses (which are few and far between now with my 12-year-old!), I think knowing I’m shaping and guiding little people to grow up to love God and live lives of purpose. (That’s the plan anyway!)
3. What’s the hardest part?
See answer under previous question! ;0)
4. What has happened to you as a mother that you never expected?
How fast they change. I wasn’t prepared for that. It seemed like overnight, they just transform from one stage to the next. One day, my daughter worshipped princesses, the next she hated pink and wanted to wear camo gear. It has made me slow down and appreciate each day with them more.
5. If you could give a new mom one piece of advice, what would it be?
Relax. You won’t get everything right and that’s okay.
6. What our values and belief’s in raising your children?
I think first and foremost, I want to instill in them a love and obedience of God. If I do that right, everything else kind of falls into place. I think the biggest thing I work on is giving unconditional love. Allowing them to speak their minds (respectfully) and fail sometimes. I spent too much time early on in parenting expecting perfection and it just killed relationship. Loving them and guiding them through their (and my) inevitable mistakes is the philosophy I try to follow now.
7. What was the biggest change that happened once you had your first baby?
Sacrifice. It couldn’t be about me anymore. Marriage certainly did that to some extent. However, having a helpless little person dependent on you for everything makes you really put your ego on the back burner.
8. What is your favorite part of the day with your kids?
Bedtime, but not for the reasons you think! ;0) Truly, it seems like they are just sweeter and more vulnerable and communicative about their feelings right before they fall asleep.
9. Do you have a favorite age?
Not really. I love each age and the lessons and growth it brings to both them and me.
10. What do you and your kids do for fun?
I play a lot of Wii with my son. We also go to the beach and a lot of baseball games together as a family.
11. How do you feel about kids and television? Do your kids watch TV?
Yes, they do, but neither of them care alot about TV. During the school year they have limits …90 minutes of total media time (which includes computer, TV … anything with a screen.) During the summer, we’re a little looser with time limits simply because there is so much unstructured time to fill. However, I’m still very careful about the content they view.
12. What’s your #1 mom tip?
Don’t put pressure on yourself to be “supermom.”
13. Where do you blog at and what do you write about?
My blog is “Coming Clean: Confessions of an Imperfect Parent” at http://parentingconfessions.com
. I blog with humor about my own struggles as a parent and what God and my kids are teaching me through real-life everyday experiences and challenges.