“You were so relaxed you didn’t even seem nervous.”
That was the comment from the host after the podcast. Little did she know, I practiced conversations and answers to made up questions in my head a million times in the weeks leading up to the interview. I checked the time zones twice to make sure I had the correct time for our zoom meeting. I picked out my outfit days in advance. I colored my hair (believe it or not, this is not my natural color – I think silver is my natural hair color now). I waxed my face and whitened my teeth! Wow – what I had to do to get ready for a podcast! But I think she meant that the conversation flowed naturally. From my perspective, it definitely did. I think that when you talk about something you are passionate about, something you love, something you live, you can speak with ease.
Children have been my life for at least 25 years. I have always connected with kids and have always loved their honesty and wit. I love their curiosity and their compassion for others. I prefer to sit at the kids’ table during family events because they are funny and like to laugh, while adults tend to dwell on problems and negativity. Kids want to share their hopes and dreams, all while still being accepted by those around them. Kids are what I know. I can comfortably talk to them, learn from them, and engage with them. I like to problem-solve with them and hear their thoughts on life. I know that children thrive on structure and routine, just like adults do. We talked a lot about structures and routines during the podcast, specifically how children need to know what to expect. Our kiddos need to know the schedule for the day more than we think they do. They need to know the plan.
On the podcast, we shared stories about our kids and our own parenting faux pas. We talked about how we, as parents, needed our kids to be on a routine as much as the kids needed it. We discussed the repercussions of a diversion from the routine and how we would pay for it later in the evening. For example, if we let our kids skip a nap, we ended up with cranky babies that night. We talked about the importance of asking for help when we needed it. And, we talked about how parenting is extremely difficult but gets easier each day.
It is my passion to help parents raise their children. It is my hope that my work inspires parents to help one another.
What I have learned: It does take a village to raise our children. It is okay to ask for help.
Check out The Kentucky Momma Podcast - Consistency and Scheduling