Saturday, April 3, 2010

Expert advice

I was thinking this morning about my blog post about chicken coops, and especially the part where I touted a belief in following my own instincts when it comes to parenting and running a household in general. I wrote about how I rarely consult the experts.

I realized that I had given myself a little (or maybe a lot) too much credit. There is one expert that I consult quite frequently.

This is my mom.

You may also call her Nurse Jacque or TechnoMom.

I rely on her a lot. She is always my first call when my son is running a fever and I need some guidance or just a little comfort.

She recognizes when I'm being silly about something and helps me be smart, without making me feel like I was being silly in the first place. 

She's my official Weight Watchers buddy. (She's lost more than 35 pounds, and she's still going strong.)

She's really smart with computers and her Farkle score is unbeatable.

She's an expert seamstress and a wonderful cook.

She's genuine, and brave enough to reach out to people. She's a wonderful example of friendship and caring.

She has molded the way I feel about being a mother. She has always been a very tender mother and grandmother. She is very nurturing and empathetic.

And maybe that's the reason I don't feel the need to consult the other experts. If I can raise my children to know that they are loved and capable, the way that she and my dad did, I will be happy.

But I'm sure I'll have some more questions along the way.


Kristina P. said...

Wait, is your mom the blogger TechnoMom?

Emily said...

No. Is there really a blogger called TechnoMom? That's funny. My husband gave my mom that nickname about 8 years ago, but she has never officially adopted it.

MandaJ said...

what a nice tribute to your mom. Aren't mom's the best? And the older I get the more I realize how awesome she is!

Jacque said...

Wow! What a bonus I get for signing in to Google Reader tonight! I love you Em. I love being your mom.

Brady & Josie Martinez said...

She is a great Aunt too!

Brady & Josie Martinez said...

She is a great Aunt too!

JeejandDinda said...

She's a sweetheart. I loved the conference talk about mom's and daughters.

Liz Brown said...

Ya know - She is the first person I run to for anything and everything as well! Even when we weren't living in her basement, I called her for cooking questions, kid bumped their head questions, relationship advice, all of the above!

You have a wonderful mother and I'm so happy to be part of your family!!!