I can't say that this morning I'm feeling like anyone who should be publishing a parenting blog, since I've now lost my cool at TWO parties where my child 1) refused to share and 2) ran away from me, out of sight, thereby taking at least 10 years off my life each time, meaning I'm outta here by 57.
But I guess that's the reason for the blog - when I first became a mother, I was drawn in by this idea of a mindful, peaceful, constantly serene ethereal mama being who would chuckle and shake her head in amusement while gently correcting and guiding her daughter through her development. Once a year, I am that mother. Usually after a long bath.
Overall though, that image of mothering has undone me and in the early days left me feeling complete inadequate. Of course it would - trying to be an entirely different human being is impossible. I am just JJ - temperamental, passionate, a Scorpio, an over-thinker, and an undisciplined control freak (which means bossy).
I never really defined a mission or a purpose to this blog. Tentatively, I'd say it's to create a space of non-judgment for mamas and papas raising their children in a bit of a complicated world where parenting is made even more complicated by the tendency to polarize, divide, and rip one another's heads off for the different choices we make.
So to that end... who wants to guest blog!??? I've always squirmed at being the only voice in anything: work, personal, or this writing endeavor. So propose to me a "feel good" topic, maybe a "feel good" tool you've developed, or how you followed your inner compass to get through a tough developmental phase, or how you nurtured yourself as a new parent... E-mail me at jj in queens at gmail dot com and propose! Diamonds welcome.