There was a time, in the distant past, when I knew pretty much everything about parenting.
I was much younger then. I had one young, easygoing child and I thought I had this whole parenting thing figured out.
Oh, those were the good old days! I could judge other people’s children and look down on their parenting skills with a sense of smug superiority.
I would never say anything out loud, mind you, but in my heart, it felt good to know I was right.
That was then.
I’ve been parenting for over thirty years now and to say my attitude has changed would be a radical understatement.
Motherhood is hard. Parenting children is complicated. No two kids are alike and just when you think you have one of them figured out, they grow into another stage and leave you stumped, wondering what to do next.
As my daughter Ashley is starting her motherhood journey, I see all the posts on Facebook and read the questions that she and her friends are asking. I think it’s great that young moms network in a way that we never did and I wish there was as much dialogue when my kids were little.
But here’s the thing. It’s great getting advice from other moms who are at the same stage as you, but I think it would be really awesome for older, more experienced moms to share from a perspective that only time and age can bring – to come beside young moms with words of encouragement and advice.
The problem is, most moms my age and older are not as entrenched in social media so their advice is often not heard. There is a wealth of untapped information out there and I want to change that.
I am beginning a series of interviews with moms and grandmas who have been there – done that and survived to tell the story! I’m reaching out to women who have dealt with loss, disability, pain, rebellion, illness and so much more.
Here’s where I need your help.
I want to hear from you – moms on the front lines right now. What are the questions you have for moms who have been there? What are you dying to ask? What baffles you, frustrates you, confuses you about parenting?
I would love to take your questions and pose them to women who may (or may not) have some of the answers.
Also, do you know an outstanding mom that you think I should interview? Let me know.
You can leave your comments at the end of this post, on the Jenny and Pearl Facebook page, or contact me via email at karenatjennyandpearl.com.
I can’t wait to start the conversation!