somemother

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23. My Husband is a Key Part July 31, 2011

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ESTABLISHING YOURSELF (a few details that help somemothers know what they have in common with you).

I am 39 years old.

I am married.

I have 2 children. Here are their ages/genders: 5-year-old girl, 2-year-old boy

I work full-time, but from home.

I am upper-middle.

I live urban.

I own.

I completed undergrad.

I am straight.

Of note about my ethnicity and/or cultural background: Your basic whitey with a dash of Native American.

 

NOW, TWENTY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU

  1. The most significant aspect of my upbringing.  Divorced parents as long as I can remember. Both parents are extreme opposites.
  2. My best advice to mothers about to enter the stage of child rearing that I just went through. Don’t forget how freaking cute they are, when you’re super frustrated at their incredible lack of self-control.
  3. Something that concerns me about my children. I worry about my children learning empathy. A LOT.
  4. My absolute worst mothering moment (so far). Let’s see, I cut my 3-month-olds toenail too far and it never grew back. That same child now knows that “f**k” is what you say when you’re really, really, mad. She’s 5.
  5. What annoys me most about other mothers. The inability to put yourself — sympathetically — in another mom’s shoes unless she shares your dogmatic  beliefs.
  6. I am happiest when I’m surrounded by my happy family.
  7. I am saddest when I worry about my family.
  8. My biggest fear is that any one of them, at any time could be taken from me.
  9. I am ashamed of my anger at my kids when they embarrass me in public.
  10. Something I need to forgive.  My own mother for not teaching me that kids should be allowed to make mistakes. (And adults, for that matter.)
  11. Something I wish I could say to someone. “I swear to god, my kids are not usually like this.”
  12. Something I have never told anyone. I’m really scared my daughter will marry the wrong person.
  13. Something I am trying to change about myself. Oh god. Let’s see. Patience, and my weight. In that order.
  14. My biggest accomplishment.  Teaching my daughter how sexism works, but still putting a positive spin on men and women and how they work together. That’s right, in pre-school.
  15. I wish Supernanny, Jo Frost could live with us three days out of every month.
  16. Something my relationship with my mother has taught me about parenting. That while perfection should never be a goal, it should always be a consideration. 
  17. Something my relationship with my father has taught me about parenting. Even the biggest f**k up has kids that love him.
  18. How I would describe my faith life. Pure as the driven snow.
  19. Something I hope will be different for me by this time next year. My pre-schooler will stop acting like a teenager.
  20. Something important about my story that hasn’t been captured by the questions above. My husband is a key part of my health, my happiness, and my children’s happiness. 
  21. BONUS: A question you would like to see added to this list that readers can respond to in the comments. I’d like to see moms answer the question: When did you decide you were ready to have kids? I decided about three months after I met my husband, and not one second before. I hate that that sounds a little bit like I need a man, because it’s more about me not trusting men, then my dependence on men. But basically, I wasn’t going to do it alone. And thank god I found the right person to do it with. Otherwise, honestly, I never would have.
 

22. The Love of Family July 30, 2011

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ESTABLISHING YOURSELF (a few details that help somemothers know what they have in common with you).

I am 53 years old.

I am married but sometimes am a single mom.

I have 1 child. He is 12 years old.

I work full-time.

I live in a small town which is very near a larger city.

I rent a town home.

I completed graduate school with an MA in English.

I am straight.

Of note about my ethnicity and/or cultural background: I am an American with German ancestors.  My husband is Igbo, which is a tribe in Nigeria.  And my son has a little of both of us.

 

NOW, TWENTY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU

  1. The most significant aspect of my up bringing. The love of family. My family was so wonderful that if I had to choose to stay at a friend’s house or stay home with my family, the family usually won the coin toss.
  2. My best advice to mothers about to enter the stage of child rearing that I just went through. Enjoy it because time flies.  Keep in mind everything you do or that or child experiences follows him in his life as a part of his personality.
  3. Something that concerns me about my child(ren).  I have spoiled my son since the day he was born.  I am worried about his attraction to stuff. 
  4. My absolute worst mothering moment (so far).  My worst mothering moment was when my son had his first seizure, his first round of tics, and when he was diagnosed with diabetes.  Each event crushed me.  What more can a little boy take?
  5. What annoys me most about other mothers.  Advice given as a put down and judgmental.     
  6. I am happiest when. I am happiest when I watch my son lovingly interact with my husband.
  7. I am saddest when.  I am saddest when my son is in pain or distress with his medical issues and learning disabilities.
  8. My biggest fear.  My biggest fear is that I will die before I have my son ready for life on his own.
  9. I am ashamed of.  I am ashamed of nothing.
  10. Something I need to forgive.  I need to forgive the person who took my family farm.  Even though it has been 16 years, I am not ready to forgive.
  11. Something I wish I could say to someone.  I wish I could tell my boss to stop being so paranoid and throwing me under the bus.
  12. Something I have never told anyone.  I have a memory from when I was very young when I was in our neighbor’s house and I recall me being in his bedroom with the neighbor’s son, playing on the bed and the man had no shirt on.  I can’t remember much about what happened after that.  When I was older I learned he had some really unusual sexual habits.
  13. Something I am trying to change about myself.  I am trying to lose weight.  I have been on a diet my whole life.  I swear I was born 50 pounds.
  14. My biggest accomplishment.  Getting my masters degree and being the first person in our whole extended family to get a post-graduate degree.
  15. I wish. I wish my son was well and did not have learning disabilities.
  16. Something my relationship with my mother has taught me about parenting.  Kindness and love are the most powerful things a mother could give.
  17. Something my relationship with my father has taught me about parenting.  There comes a point that you have to let your children go on their own, but the parent will always be there if needed.
  18. How I would describe my faith life. I am an explorers of many faiths, and hold onto the commonalities that exist between all of them.
  19. Something I hope will be different for me by this time next year. I hope we have a new home that we own.
  20. Something important about my story that hasn’t been captured by the questions above. I am an author and have a blog.  I love technology and am a gadget freak.  I take pride in who I am, regardless of my flaws.  Some day, when it is the right time, I want to move to Africa.
  21. BONUS: A question you would like to see added to this list that readers can respond to in the comments.  What are your special interests?
 

21. Corny But True July 26, 2011

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ESTABLISHING YOURSELF (a few details that help somemothers know what they have in common with you).

I am 38 years old.

I am married.

I have 2 children (3 & 6).

I work part-time.

I am middle class.

I live urban.

I own.

I completed college, went to University too.

I am straight.

Of note about my ethnicity and/or cultural background: Canadian – English/ Irish/ Scottish

 

NOW, TWENTY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU

  1. The most significant aspect of my upbringing. My basic needs were met but I never felt wanted or loved.
  2. My best advice to mothers about to enter the stage of child rearing that I just went through. Each stage, good or bad will pass.
  3. Something that concerns me about my children. Worry my youngest has a chronic health condition that has not been diagnosed.
  4. My absolute worst mothering moment (so far). I have slapped a hand – hard. I am not proud of that, but I am more ashamed of screaming at them, I mean lost it and terrified them.
  5. What annoys me most about other mothers.
  6. I am happiest when my kids are happy.
  7. I am saddest when I forget to enjoy them and am too focused on completing the “tasks”  (dinner, pjs, teeth bed).
  8. My biggest fear. That my children will die before me or that my husband or I will die before they are grown.
  9. I am ashamed of my weight, losing control and scaring my kids.
  10. Something I need to forgive.  See above.
  11. Something I wish I could say to someone. I am sorry for letting you down.
  12. Something I have never told anyone.  I am worried about my marriage. Worried about money.
  13. Something I am trying to change about myself.  See #9
  14. My biggest accomplishment.  My kids, corny but true.
  15. I wish my husband and I could re-connect.
  16. Something my relationship with my mother has taught me about parenting. Don’t be so angry all the time.
  17. Something my relationship with my father has taught me about parenting. Be there, show up. Time is more important than money.
  18. How I would describe my faith life. I believe in karma. Do unto others as you would have done unto you.
  19. Something I hope will be different for me by this time next year.  Better weight management, better money management, have my marriage back on track.
  20. Something important about my story that hasn’t been captured by the questions above.
  21. BONUS: A question you would like to see added to this list that readers can respond to in the comments. Do you feel you are a better parent than your parents were?
 

20. I Just Want Them to be Better Than Me July 24, 2011

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ESTABLISHING YOURSELF (a few details that help somemothers know what they have in common with you).

I am 29 years old.

I am married.

I have 6 children, 3 I birthed,1 that’s in heaven and 3 that I inherited. All girls 17,16,11,5,&2.

I stay home.

I am working class.

I live urban.

I own.

I completed high school and cosmetology school.

I am straight.

Of note about my ethnicity and/or cultural background: brown.

 

NOW, TWENTY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU

  1. The most significant aspect of my upbringing.  I meet my dad when I was 7, and raised by my mother.
  2. My best advice to mothers about to enter the stage of child rearing that I just went through.  Get all the help you can get, never turn down help, sleep or over think being a mom.
  3. Something that concerns me about my children.  Will they learn to be strong responsible people. I just want them to be better than me.
  4. My absolute worst mothering moment (so far). Having ppd (post partum depression). It robs you of the fun you “should” be having, not rushing their independence .
  5. What annoys me most about other mothers.  Lack of discipline or the fear of being stern with children in needed situations.
  6. I am happiest when I’m watching a good movie and eating good food.
  7. I am saddest when I’m alone for too long. I feel neglected and abandoned.
  8. My biggest fear.  Being a complete failure, failure is ok if you have at least tried everything in your power.
  9. I am ashamed of my family, aunts, uncles, etc…
  10. Something I need to forgive.  I’m ok with forgiveness, it took some time but I have plenty to do than to think of all the wrongs that have happened to me.
  11. Something I wish I could say to someone.
  12. Something I have never told anyone.  I would need to write a book about this.
  13. Something I am trying to change about myself.  Live more in the moment, be less hard on myself.
  14. My biggest accomplishment.  Being a wife, mother, home owner and hood daughter. All things I didn’t think that I was worthy of.
  15. I wish.  I had a bit more money sometimes.
  16. Something my relationship with my mother has taught me about parenting.  You can’t be your kids’ friends while they need instruction. You’re raising your kids who will soon be adults.
  17. Something my relationship with my father has taught me about parenting.  Invest! Never withdrawal myself from my family.
  18. How I would describe my faith life.  Strong! I’ve had a pretty turbulent life, and it has built my character and although things have hurt, it taught me survival.
  19. Something I hope will be different for me by this time next year.  That I would be more of a “doer” and not a ” sayer or a wisher”.
  20. Something important about my story that hasn’t been captured by the questions above.
  21. BONUS: A question you would like to see added to this list that readers can respond to in the comments.
 

19. I Think I Did Alright July 21, 2011

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ESTABLISHING YOURSELF (a few details that help somemothers know what they have in common with you).

I am 32 (almost 33) years old.

I am not married but have been with my “better half” for almost 7 years.

I have 2 daughters ages 16 and 4.

I stay at home with my girls but I also go to school full-time.

My family would be considered upper-middle (I think).

I live in a suburb right outside a major city.

We own a home we had built about 4 years ago.

I completed high school and put off college (well I went on and off) but now I am back to it full-time.

I am straight (but sometime I think it might be easier if I had another woman to understand).

Of note about my ethnicity and/or cultural background:  I am white but my “better half” is African-American and my youngest daughter is bi-racial.

My URL.  http://whatnowmomoftwo.blogspot.com/

NOW, TWENTY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU

  1. The most significant aspect of my upbringing.  I would have to say that I was the baby of the family and therefore spoiled rotten.  I had my parents together married happily for 16 years, and since the divorce (after the initial fighting) they have always been willing to get along for the kids.
  2. My best advice to mothers about to enter the stage of child rearing that I just went through.  The best advice I can give to any mothers is as hard as it seems, enjoy every moment good or bad because the moments go by way too quickly. (I know, my daughter just started driving.)
  3. Something that concerns me about my children.  The only thing that concerns me is that my oldest daughter tends to be shy, and withdrawn.  I would like to see her become more outgoing and confident in herself.  I want her to achieve every dream she has and let nothing hold her back.  My concerns for my youngest tend to be less dramatic, I would like for her to calm down slightly so that her attention span has the ability to catch up with her intelligence.
  4. My absolute worst mothering moment (so far).  Oh gosh there are soooooo many!!!  But to pick one it would be I lose my temper (which happens way to often) and yell/scream at my kids.
  5. What annoys me most about other mothers.  When  a mother thinks their way of parenting is the only right way.  Or when another mother of a high schooler thinks less of my daughter because I chose to have her at a young age.
  6. I am happiest when  I am spending time with my girls and they are happy.  Or when by myself on a beach having a drink and reading a good book (this doesn’t happen nearly enough).
  7. I am saddest when my girls are sad! or when the skies have been gray for a long time (think winter in Michigan)…I NEED sunshine.
  8. My biggest fear. Height…I firmly believe there is no reason to ride a rollercoaster.  I have no idea why people enjoy being dropped 30 stories and then going upside down!!!
  9. I am ashamed of. There are times that I am deeply ashamed that I had a child at 16…something I have to work on every time someone new finds out.
  10. Something I need to forgive.  I am a grudge holder…I regret this and really am trying to change this.
  11. Something I wish I could say to someone.  I wish I could tell me more what I think and not just hold it in (I know this doesn’t sound like me) but I bite my tongue A LOT.
  12. Something I have never told anyone.  I have never told anyone that I up until I met my “better half” I had hoped that my oldest daughter’s father and I would get back together. (I have no idea why this would be such a bad thing.)
  13. Something I am trying to change about myself.  I would like to become more dedicated and have more willpower.  These are 2 things I work on daily.
  14. My biggest accomplishment.  Being a single mom (for 10 years) and doing it well.  We always had a home, food, and clothing so I think I did alright.
  15. I wish. I would win the lotto (don’t we all).  No really I just wish that I am able to raise happy, healthy girls who become anything their heart desires.  (I hope I like their chosen profession LOL)
  16. Something my relationship with my mother has taught me about parenting. Patience is a must….I definitely need to work on this.  My mom has the patience of an angel (it really bugs me sometimes..).
  17. Something my relationship with my father has taught me about parenting.  Always stand behind your kids no matter what the situation.  My dad has always been there.
  18. How I would describe my faith life.  I’m not a religious person…but I do believe there is a “higher power” just not sure what/who it is.
  19. Something I hope will be different for me by this time next year.  Oh please let me stick to a diet and exercise program…
  20. Something important about my story that hasn’t been captured by the questions above.  I really am a boring and mundane person….the most excitement my life has right now is anything coming out of my 4 year olds mouth (you never know what she will say)
  21. BONUS: A question you would like to see added to this list that readers can respond to in the comments.  If you could go back and teach your parents one thing about parenting what would it be?
 

18. Be Careful What You Wish For July 19, 2011

ESTABLISHING YOURSELF (a few details that help somemothers know what they have in common with you).

I am 41 years old.

I am single.

I have 1 child, a boy and he is a brand new 6 yr old.

I work full-time to pay bills and be a mom but my soul slowly melts just a little bit everyday in my chosen career. My current female boss is a bully and I have to put up with it in order to get my level up then I can start looking for a better place or hope she retires sooner…

I am lower middle not sure really (I make enough to live check to check with no savings but have a mortgage, food and clothing and bit for of $ for my son to enjoy some fun times and for me to help keep my hobby going . So I am not sure what that makes me…normal ?

I live urban but would love to live rural.

own but only by the hair of my chinny chin chin..or at this point the moustache that has started to poke out.Shhhh you can only see it in the bright sun depending on the tilt of my face. I have remortgaged again to pay lawyer bills. 

I completed highschool and spent a year at 29 taking a micro computer business course because when I went to school we had smoking room not a computer room.

I am straight.

Of note about my ethnicity and/or cultural background: Ukrainian..Canadian Ukrainian of the prairies.

NOW, TWENTY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU

  1. The most significant aspect of my upbringingThere is 8 yrs between my sister and I and 6 six between my brother so I was not an only child but felt like one. I was sexually abused by an intern when I was 5 at the hospital getting my tonsils out. I remembered when I was 21.
  2. My best advice to mothers about to enter the stage of child rearing that I just went through. Be patient, forgive yourself, don’t dwell on what you did or could have done in the situation just know you will learn from it and address the situation better next time. It’s okay to yell once in a while you are human but it also okay to say sorry to your child too…
  3. Something that concerns me about my child(ren). That I am only in his life half time due to our separation and I have done him a great disservice as a mother.
  4. My absolute worst mothering moment (so far). Oh gosh…wishing I stayed with his abusive father so he wouldn’t be so sad that his parents weren’t together any more. Yelling and seeing his little face crushed just as if I had hit him and it was over something so stupid I can’t remember. From this situation I learned to control my urge to yell and now it really does happen rarely and for a good reason but I have learned to explain why I yelled and to say sorry if necessary.  I am only human… 🙂
  5. What annoys me most about other mothers. Lots of stuff used to annoy me about other mothers but I now realize they are only people who would have annoyed me before, mother or not… so when I meet a neat and honest mom I try to make a friend right away. I don’t have many mom friends because I can’t compete and don’t want to. Sadly for a lot of moms that is what motherhood of a school child is. I am what I am, take or leave it…oh and if you judged because I was a single mom and then you become one later and decide now you can come to my level and be my friend…go F* yourself…yep I said it. While I’m on the topic. I swear …mostly not in front of my kid but sometimes I do so to all those moms that shrink in fear, get over it, my kid knows what a bad word is and is very aware he catches me and lets me know it was wrong ..guess what, we move on and no one got hurt.. .  by the way that is the least of your worries in your child’s life.  
  6. I am happiest when my son is home with me.
  7. I am saddest when he is at his Dad’s and I have pretend I am okay with it. By the way moms who say to me, oh I would love a week away from kids…careful what you wish for.
  8. My biggest fear my son growing up and having his father’s narcissistic traits, gives me shivers really.
  9. I am ashamed of my body. I used to be sexy a size 8 now I’m a part-time single mom with a flappy belly size 12… oh and my messy house..I can’t keep up it seems. I clean when I have time but I am so tired and house by yourself including a big yard to deal with is a lot of work.I don’t want to sound whiney or ungrateful..I am grateful to own a home, just overwhelmed.
  10. Something I need to forgive my body..I had my baby at 35. I didn’t do much to get back in shape and now I have what I have.
  11. Something I wish I could say to someone. I’m someone special too. Just because I don’t mind being alone doesn’t mean I like being alone. 
  12. Something I have never told anyone. My ex hurt me so bad emotionally and physically that I don’t feel worthy of another man’s love…ever that I really am fat, ugly and useless. I can’t take a compliment from another man to this day…I will die alone because I can’t get past his abuse.
  13. Something I am trying to change about myself. Being hard on myself.
  14. My biggest accomplishment. My son, my house, my friends.
  15. I wish my son a long happy accomplished life. I wish my friends the best in their life. I wish had a man just once that was real lover, and a friend who understood I can only be who I am and nothing more. 
  16. Something my relationship with my mother has taught me about parenting. Be part of your childs life, don’t smother but mother.
  17. Something my relationship with my father has taught me about parenting. Don’t hide behind addictions because you will regret it later and never feel like you can make up for lost moments.I forgive you dad 🙂
  18. How I would describe my faith life. I believe in God, life, love. I believe everyone needs to have a faith whatever that maybe but without they are lost. We all need to believe in something because otherwise what’s the point of being. My faith life is simple …be honest and accepting..be real, ask for help, and always say thank you for any help you receive. Acknowledge goodness always..from someone opening up a door for you or when you see someone else do something kind for another person acknowledge out loud or in your head..the more goodness we put out the better our world becomes. Swear words don’t mean you are a bad person they just mean you need to get a better vocabulary.. 🙂
  19. Something I hope will be different for me by this time next year. I will be  happier with my self, life, home.
  20. Something important about my story that hasn’t been captured by the questions above. I am a part-time mom. My son is shared between my home and X’s for 7 days at a time. This leaves me with 7 days to be a single woman…I don’t know how to be that anymore. I tried my first fling for the first time in 6 yrs..sex is not like riding bike.  Oh my! this taught me that I need to spend some time finding out who I am when I don’t have my son. On the flip side I think this week on week off schedule has taught me to be a better mom because every moment with my son is precious. I want to be all that I can be in those 7 days.
  21. BONUS: A question you would like to see added to this list that readers can respond to in the comments. What does sex mean to you now that you have had babies? I can tell you I would love to get it on again but it just feels different now…so how did you get over it or did you?
 

17. I Couldn’t Imagine It Any Other Way July 17, 2011

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ESTABLISHING YOURSELF (a few details that help somemothers know what they have in common with you).

I am 29 years old.

I am married.

I have 2 children. Here are their ages/genders: Boy, 3 years – Boy, 6 months.

I stay home and work a full-time job as an executive director from home.

I am middle-middle.

I live urban St. Louis.

I own.

I completed undergrad.

I am straight.

Of note about my ethnicity and/or cultural background: Caucasian.

My URL. http://www.bringmommythevodka.com

 

NOW, TWENTY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU

  1. The most significant aspect of my upbringing: I was the youngest of three. I was treated like the “baby” and I therefore acted like the baby. And sort of still do. I get bitchy and whiny when I don’t get my way and I’m always seeking attention from those around me.
  2. My best advice to mothers about to enter the stage of child rearing that I just went through. For those with infants, do what works for you. If you’re not comfortable with something then it’s not going to work. Don’t let articles in magazines or even your best friend tell you how to raise your child. Always follow your instincts. For anyone with a three-year-old, be patient. Find your inner peace. Just when you think things can’t get worse, your child will turn three.
  3. Something that concerns me about my children. That he is learning everything from me. Children learn everything from their parents. I know I’m not a perfect person and it scares me that my sons will pick up my worst traits instead of my best.
  4. My absolute worst mothering moment (so far). Any time I have yelled at my children. I hate losing my temper and always regret it later. There are certainly times that calls for a loud, stern voice; but losing my control and yelling when I could handle it differently definitely bothers me.
  5. What annoys me most about other mothers. When they assume. They assume you make decisions for certain reasons and they really have no clue. Why not ask a question instead of assuming whatever you want. I am a mother that chose not to breastfeed. It wasn’t because I couldn’t or shouldn’t. It was because I didn’t want to. And I’m a firm believer that if I don’t want to do something and I try to do it just because society thinks I should – it’s not going to go well. But leave it to other mothers to question my decision. Anyone else didn’t think twice about my choice, but almost 90% of all the other mothers thought my reasoning was absurd and found the need to tell me.
  6. I am happiest when I get to pee alone.
  7. I am saddest when I feel alone at two o’clock in the afternoon. Every. Single. Day.
  8. My biggest fear. That my children will not be who they want to be because they feel the need to impress others.
  9. I am ashamed of the amount of time, or lack there of, I give to myself. I believe mothers are better mothers when they put themselves first. If you feel good about yourself, then you can be a better mother to your children.
  10. Something I need to forgive.
  11. Something I wish I could say to someone. I don’t want to f**king talk to you! This is mostly for my neighbor who comes to my house every day while my son is taking a nap and I am trying to get work done. But I hear myself saying this in my head to more and more people every day.
  12. Something I have never told anyone. Unfortunately, I can’t really say that I have an answer for this one either. I don’t keep secrets. I’m not a gossip – that’s different. But I can say that I don’t keep anything to myself. I am an open book. Definitely don’t tell me your secrets.
  13. Something I am trying to change about myself. My weight. This is such an obvious answer, but it’s a true one. And I know it resonates with many mothers. We have a hard time excepting our new bodies after babies. It’s sad, but again, it’s true and we shouldn’t deny it. I’m slowing working my way to feeling healthier and hopefully losing a few pounds in the process.
  14. My biggest accomplishment. That I’ve stayed married to the same man for five years. Laugh all you want, but I’m serious. I was what you call a “serial dater.” I think the longest relationship I had before my husband was a year. The rest usually lasted no more than three months. Actually, my husband and I were engaged after three months of dating and married within the year. We moved fast, but we knew it was the real deal from the start. I never saw myself married or with children. I always thought I’d be living the single life in the city. Now I couldn’t imagine it any other way.
  15. I wish I wasn’t a worry wart. I don’t know how to be satisfied. I’m always trying to fix things and I’m certainly the most over-protective mother you’ve ever met. I need to take a chill pill sometimes.
  16. Something my relationship with my mother has taught me about parenting. My mother was my best friend. I found I could tell her anything. I hope to raise my children the same way. It was such a comfort.
  17. Something my relationship with my father has taught me about parenting. Just because your stern and have rules doesn’t mean you don’t love your children. While my mom was my best friend, my father was the opposite. He was the enforcer and made sure I didn’t get into trouble growing up. It was a good balance between my mother and father.
  18. How I would describe my faith life. Not really sure how to answer this. If we’re talking religion, then I have to tell you: I’m atheist. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have faith. It just means I have a different kind.
  19. Something I hope will be different for me by this time next year. Can we go back to the weight thing? Plus I’ll be turning 30 in a few months so I’m hoping I’ll have that different feeling. Like I’m finally an adult. I still feel like a teenager sometimes. A teenager with a never-ending babysitting job.
  20. Something important about my story that hasn’t been captured by the questions above. I am who I am and it doesn’t bother me if other’s don’t like me for who I am. I believe everyone is different, not better or worse from others. We are all unique and we should embrace that.
  21. BONUS: A question you would like to see added to this list that readers can respond to in the comments. What is your most embarrassing moment as a mother?