“In a world, where you can be anything…. Be Kind”
They say once you become a parent your entire life will change…… and boy, they weren’t kidding. I’ve been a bonus mama for almost 5 years now, but we didn’t have our children together until last year. It still amazes me how much as a person I have grown and changed since the birth of our daughter. Obviously, there’s the normal changes you go through as a parent like putting your children’s needs before yours. However, I’m talking about the real emotional and worldview changes you grow through.
Before my daughter, I was a full time teacher and my view on how to raise children reflected that of a very similar worldview to my public school teaching peers. I wanted to make sure my stepson was “ready” for being an adult, ready for his career, and most importantly, ready for college or trade school. We spent a lot of time focusing on academics when he was younger including making flashcards.
Hold on just one second…. FLASHCARDS? What on Earth did I do to this poor kiddo?
Now as a parent with her own children and no longer working in the public schools, I’m a changed woman and more importantly a changed mom. Now, I no longer focus on what our children will do as a career when they grow up, but instead on what kind of humans we are raising. All I want for my children and yes, this includes my step son, is for our children to be KIND. Being kind really is the most important thing we can do as humans.
Look for more future blogs coming shortly on how we plan to raise our kind littles. <3
I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.