ESTABLISHING YOURSELF (a few details that help somemothers know what they have in common with you).
I am 34 years old.
I am married.
I have 3 children. Here are their ages/genders: female 6 1/2, female 3 1/2, male 1 1/2.
I work full-time.
I am middle.
I live suburban.
I completed high school.
I am straight.
Of note about my ethnicity and/or cultural background: Of Polish decent.
NOW, TWENTY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU
- The most significant aspect of my upbringing. My father was the one I went to for everything.
- My best advice to mothers about to enter the stage of child rearing that I just went through. This too shall pass. No matter how bad things seem in a few weeks you will be onto a new stage.
- Something that concerns me about my children. My eldest has fine motor skill problems that are causing her problems at school.
- My absolute worst mothering moment (so far). Last night when I gave my daughter a black eye while I was playing keep away with her doll.
- What annoys me most about other mothers. The competition and judging.
- I am happiest when I am with my children.
- I am saddest when I am away from my children.
- My biggest fear. That my children will hate me when they grow up.
- I am ashamed of hating my kids in the moments the house is total chaos.
- Something I need to forgive. I can’t be perfect.
- Something I wish I could say to someone. Don’t judge me because I do things differently then you.
- Something I have never told anyone. I gave my child a smack once when I was overwhelmed (lack of sleep had a lot to do with it and a child who still wasn’t sleeping at 4 a.m.).
- Something I am trying to change about myself. To let go of my need for perfection.
- My biggest accomplishment. The birth of my 3 children.
- I wish I could stay home with my kids while providing for my family.
- Something my relationship with my mother has taught me about parenting. You can fix relationships that weren’t perfect growing up.
- Something my relationship with my father has taught me about parenting. Children are the most important thing and that relationship is very rewarding.
- How I would describe my faith life. It’s there but it’s more like Christmas and Easter than every Sunday at church.
- Something I hope will be different for me by this time next year. That I can be home more with my children.
- Something important about my story that hasn’t been captured by the questions above. I am the dairy queen, I have been nursing for 6 1/2 years non-stop through 2 pregnancies and 1 miscarriage. I’ve tandem nursed twice, nursed my eldest until 4 and still nursing the youngest 2.
- BONUS: A question you would like to see added to this list that readers can respond to in the comments.