When thinking about inspiration to share as to who inspired or inspires me, my mom was an obvious choice! She was a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) who cooked everything from Chinese to African food. Our clothes were always impeccable, the house was always immaculate and she made sure she volunteered and was always there for us. Super Mom is an understatement, she would always make sure she was very involved in all areas of our lives and to me it felt a bit invasive, often prompting me to tune out….
She would place blankets on the floor for us to crawl, cook 3 – 4 dishes on one meal because we all liked different things! She would take the meat out of 20 crabs and give it to us to eat with a side dish so we would not have to break the crab; she would always sew buttons and anything else which needed fixing; she constantly hammered our conscience with what was the right thing to do and why we should not stray from that path….take that action, with an undergrad small town teacher degree, she taught me and made me who I am.
Guess what? I often catch myself “copying” her parenting style. I am super involved in my son’s education, sport, music and personal life to guide him and make sure he is on the right path. My choices are continuously influenced by my own childhood and the choices my parents made and their words and advice given to me. I’m also sure my son “tunes out” often but I know, the same way it happened to me, I am planting a seed which will feed the roots to his amazing journey here!
Today when I look in the mirror, I am proud of my parenting, business, personal accomplishments and in all my steps and decisions I see a little bit of my mom’s voice in it. I see myself growing old and looking more like her and the mirror reflects more than just my features, it reflects the unshakable foundation and influence, my mom’s wisdom has had on me; which to this date, continues to shape who I am and what I do!
After reading this post, do you feel inspired, but need support to grow and be the best mom you can be? Do you think you have what it takes to help a mom in need? I wanted to share that I recently found out Johnson & Johnson and its partners support global motherhood with programs that meet the needs of moms and babies in the U.S. and around the world and I wanted to invite you as a seasoned or new mom, to get involved in raising awareness about global motherhood by using your social networks for social good!
PS – If you’re attending the LATISM conference (in Houston, TX, on October 26th – 28th, 2012) please stop by the Johnson and Johnson suite!