Today is the first day of my blogging adventure! I have no idea where this will take me or what I will discuss or even if there is anyone out there that is interested, but I am ready to take up the challenge of writing.
So here goes, my first step:
I am first and foremost a mom to two amazing teenage girls. I am also a wife and partner to my best friend. I am also a teacher, a job I came into late in life, but have realized it is not a job but a career and one I am very proud to be a part of.
My real reason for starting this, is I have recently changed my life, I lost my father to skin cancer last year and through that experience realized I have just been a watcher in my life and it was time to become an active participant. I took control of my inner self and my outer self. I have since lost over 30 pounds, become more assertive and a much better parent. I also decided I want my girls to know what all I have done to help them be the fantastic women they are today and will continue to be. I have been approached by several people asking “how did your girls turn out the way they have” I have always just quoted Julie Andrews “Somewhere in my youth or childhood I must have done something good”. But now as I think about it I think I know a little more. My parents, of course, have had a lot to do with how I am with my girls, but most importantly I think it has really been the girls themselves that taught me what they needed. What do I mean? I mean that I think the key to good parenting is to listen. I don’t mean nodding your head as they tell you the latest drama, I mean really listening for what they are really trying to tell you and to be there when they don’t take your advice. Never ever saying I told you so!!!
Our family is open, some say too open and as I go through this journey of looking back on my girls’ life and our parenting I hope to discover and show why I feel that the openness is what makes our family strong!
I hope to also learn more about myself and welcome any help as I know I still have lots to learn! I don’t pretend to have all of the answers only the answers that have worked for us.
So let the Journey begin