Let's Talk about Motherhood
Family & Parenting
By Debbi Spiegel
Published: October 12 2012
No matter what your kids call you, you are a Mom.
Webster's Dictionary defines the word mother as a woman in authority; specifically: the superior of a religious community of women. A more accurate definition would be one person who does the work of twenty, for free (chef, chauffeur, bank, you get the idea!). But we gave birth to the children which should automatically allow us to be protective or over-protective.
The feelings that you have for your child evolve over the years as they grow-up. But a mother is a mother. My Grandmother is an amazing 102 year-old and her baby recently turned 80. It makes me laugh when I hear some of the things that she says to him -
"Wear a warm jacket, it is cold out."
"Don't drive too fast in the rain."
"Call me when you get home."
Mothers have been portrayed so differently on television over the years. They were always the anchor of the small-screen family. From June Cleaver, Wilma Flintstone, Carol Brady to Roseanne. Each mom provided love and advice in her own way. I have heard myself quoting some of them as well as my own mother.
Social media has also changed parenting. Answers are available 24/7. If you have a question in the middle of the night about nursing your infant or dealing with an unruly teenager. There are so many online communities where you can be anonymous. One of my favorite sites Scary Mommy also has a Facebook page, Pinterest boards, Twitter feed and App. There is also an old fashioned book that I borrowed from the library. The common theme is that parenting doesn't have to be perfect. Through trials and tribulations of living it with laughter and plenty of tears (mom's not baby's) this is a place to discuss everything from fussy babies, to biggest pre-baby regrets to nightmare mother-in-laws.
Long Island parenting creates it's own unique challenges. Let's start our own Confessional area, a forum where us moms and dads can spill our juicy secrets, fears and more. It is theraputic to know that others are dealing with similar issues. Laughing about problems can put your own life into perspective.
Put on your seatbelt and join me on this wild ride of parenthood!
Want to share your parenting stories, or get advice from other local Long Island Parents? Head over to the LongIsland.com Family & Parenting Forum to share your experiences, or chime in!