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24. There is No Better Teacher in the World Than a Parent August 5, 2011

Filed under: Story — somemother @ 11:12 pm
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ESTABLISHING YOURSELF (a few details that help somemothers know what they have in common with you)

I am 64 years old.

I am married.

I have 2 boys, 43 and 32.

I work at home.

I am middle upper.

I live in a rural area.

I own.

I completed undergrad.

I am straight.

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


  1. The most significant aspect of my upbringing.  I lived in 7 addresses the first 11 years, both Midwest and Texas.
  2. My best advice to mothers about to enter the stage of child rearing that I just went through. Be respectful to your children when they have children.
  3. Something that concerns me about my children. Nothing. They are great parents.
  4. My absolute worst mothering moment (so far). When my older son was 2, we took him to a park. At some point in the afternoon, I let him get out of reach and he decided to run away  straight for a cement lock with no fence.  A bystander realized I could not get to him before he fell and ran to scoop him up and bring him back. The potential was terrifying. I didn’t let him get out of reach the rest of the afternoon.
  5. What annoys me most about other mothers. Nothing, unless they hit their children.
  6. I am happiest when I have my grandchildren with me.
  7. I am saddest when it has been a long time since I’ve seen my grandchildren.
  8. My biggest fear. Not getting to finish my goals.
  9. I am ashamed of not figuring out how to get close to my mother.
  10. Something I need to forgive. I need to forgive myself for not being a perfect mother.
  11. Something I wish I could say to someone. To my roomie, who died of breast cancer, leaving behind 3 young children, “I miss you.”
  12. Something I have never told anyone. I think my feet are perfect.
  13. Something I am trying to change about myself. Losing that last five pounds.
  14. My biggest accomplishment. Learning how to fly.
  15. I wish I was fluent in Chinese and French.
  16. Something my relationship with my mother has taught me about parenting.  Babies cry; it’s ok.
  17. Something my relationship with my father has taught me about parenting.  There is no better teacher in the world than a parent.
  18. How I would describe my faith life. You are what you do.
  19. Something I hope will be different for me by this time next year. Financial results will let me reach a big goal I’ve been working on for five years.
  20. Something important about my story that hasn¹t been captured by the questions above. I love to write.
  21. BONUS: A question you would like to see added to this list that readers can respond to in the comments.  What advice would you give grandmothers?

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