Friday, February 13, 2015

Be the Change

Over the past few years, I've felt that the support for moms of children older than pre-school is minimal.  For whatever reason, this stage of parenting has felt a little lonely.  For a couple of years, until my youngest had completed kindergarten, I was involved in a Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group and loved it.  When she graduated from kindergarten, I graduated from MOPS.  So, then what?

Well, instead of whining about it, I've decided to be the change.  We don't stop being moms simply because our children are in school or have graduated and left the house or even have children of their own.  Regardless of where life takes my children, I will always be a mom, their mom.  I've learned a lot, about myself and about parenting, in the nearly 18 years that I've been a mother.  I've made more mistakes than I care to admit and repeated several of them.  Don't worry firstborn, I didn't get it perfect with child #3 either.

The change started with the addition of MOMSnext at our church, which I mentioned in my last post.  We've been meeting since September and our meetings have a little different spin compared to what I experienced in MOPS.  Our group is considerably smaller which was a concern of mine in the beginning.  But it has turned out to be a blessing.  It allows us to share a little bit more about what is going on in our families and then take time to pray together.  I've enjoyed my time with these women and have learned from them as well.

The next change is this blog.  I have gone back and forth on whether or not to even keep this site.  Is blogging a good use of my time?  Is it distracting me from something else that I should be accomplishing?  The truth of the matter is that writing is therapeutic for me.  So, keeping it is the choice that I am making, committing to myself to write more frequently, and hoping that some of what I've learned will somehow be beneficial to someone else.

Here are a few topics I intend to explore:

  • Technology with Tweens and Teens
  • Finding Myself at 40
  • In the Blink of An Eye...My "Baby" Is Graduating
I would also love to find someone to write a guest post.  Here is what I'm looking for, a grandmother who is willing to share about finding balance between grandma and mom.  I've seen this in my own relationships and in that of a few friends.  You want the best for your children and grandchildren.  But how do you know when to let go and when to give advice?  I think it's a delicate balance.  If you are interested in tackling this topic, message me on my Facebook page.

-Misty

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