One of those friends is a girl I met when I was in 6th grade. We were pretty close. When we met last month it was as if we had never been apart. She has two adorable children ages 3 and 4.
While we were watching the kids play we were able to have several deep conversations and most of them centered around our children and struggles we have as mothers. Near the end of our time together she said something that was surprising to me. She told me that I had encouraged her with a lot of what I had to say. I don't think I can convey adequately what this meant to me.
(c) Anne Taintor
Thank you Women's Lib for ruining the psyche of so many women who are passionate about their families.
As I was saying, my friend's comment really struck a chord with me. My thinking afterward went something like this, "I have four children. My oldest one is is 14. I have dealt with strong wills, boundless childhood energy, trips to the ER, and many other things. Maybe, just maybe I have something to share with other moms."
(c) Anne Taintor
Ok, I admit I've thought of this before. Who doesn't think now and then that they have advice to give. Honestly, I've considered it many times, but somewhere in the back of my brain a little voice says, "There are so many women out there who could probably say the same thing better."
Well, not anymore. I want to be encouraging. I want other moms to know that their kids aren't weird, or bad for being inquisitive and energetic. I want them to know that loud children can be embarrassing, but can also come up with some really amazing insights. I want them to know that it's normal for kids to burn off energy by turning into that hyper cat from the cat food commercial now and then. I want them to know that children are incredibly smart and that you have to stay one step ahead of them at all times. I want them to know that anyone can teach their child, and that homeschooling is not limited to super moms, but to anyone who is called to do it.
More to come.