Hello, good people. This feature is the second part of Anthony Around Town’s highlight of motherhood. Five mom’s offered to share their stories, experiences, and perspectives when it comes to raising children in the Elko area. We’re going to finish hearing from our contributors: Brittany St. Germain, Cynthia Shedd, Cherish Guitar, Catherine Valdez, and Fawn Reyes Bailey.
The first thing we asked these moms was about their journies as mothers. What’s it been like so far? Smooth? Difficult?
Cherish: My journey as a mom has been like a roller coaster. It has had its ups and downs, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’ve been through the toddler stage twice, and now dealing I’m with a pre-teen boy and a girl who thinks she’s sixteen when she’s actually eight.
Catherine: My journey as a mom has been amazing. My first son was born in 1995, the second son was born in 1996, and my third son was born in 1998. They attended grade school at Southside Elementary School, and it was one of the best schools that my children could go to at that time. One went to Adobe Middle school for a year, and then we moved to Spring Creek. My youngest attended Spring Creek Elementary; they all went to Spring Creek Middle School, and they are all graduates of Spring Creek High School. My children were blessed with wonderful teachers who made my job as their mother much easier.
No matter where you live, being a mom (or a parent in general for that matter) is going to come with those up’s and downs the ladies have mentioned; furthermore, individually, what are their thoughts about going through those peaks and valleys in the Elko area? What is it like to raise a kid/kids in our area?
Cynthia: Being an Elko mom is tough because there are only so many places to take your children. Heaven forbids, it’s a rainy day! This is not my experience, but many moms are solo parenting because of the mine schedule, and this definitely affects parenting expectations, especially in terms of school involvement.
Cherish: Being an Elko mom, that’s a tough one. I grew up in Elko, so I pretty much know what there is to do for kids to keep them busy but, being an Elko mom, you know that your kids will be safe in a community that cares compared to a community that is always on the move in the hustle and bustle. I have always seen Elko as a laid back, busy town, but not too busy.
Fawn: Being an Elko mom… Well, I love it! I was born and raised here in Elko. I have had a career for over six years that I am able to do; I work from home with complete flexibility and earn a great income. So, because of this, I get to be a very involved mother. I have been a PTA mom all through my daughter’s days in elementary school. I am so grateful for the woman that has been brought into my life because of my role as a mother. Our town is so supportive, and women really do want to see each other be successful as mothers, as well as in their careers. I can not imagine raising my daughter anywhere else. She is able to see how amazing our community is on a daily basis.
Being a mom matters. We’ve been preaching on and highlighting this. However, even though a woman may know this in her heart, discouragement may still creep into her head. What kind of encouragement would you contributors offer to all of the current and future mommies out there who may read this?
Fawn: Being a mother is very challenging. It also brings out the best in you; our children teach us the greatest lessons. Our children give us truly the most incredible unconditional love.
Brittany: Stop being so hard on yourself! It sounds so simple, but it’s one of the most difficult things to conquer as a mother. We want to make sure that they are always happy and that they have everything they want in life. We want them to have the best home cooked meals, create things for them to do, and just make sure everything is perfect for them. Ladies, stop. Life happens, and sometimes you have to get dinner through a drive-through or order a pizza. Sometimes your kids will watch TV or play on their Ipad so that you can take a shower or a bath in peace. Maybe you breastfeed or bottle feed, it doesn’t matter. Your baby is eating, and he or she is healthy. We have to stop tearing each other down for our parenting choices, and we have to stop tearing ourselves down for our own parenting choices. Your kids think you rock and that you’re the best thing since sliced bread. Sit down and take a deep breath, mama. You’re kicking butt.
Indeed you are, moms! Keep it up; our community needs you! Thank you again to our five fabulous contributors. Moms encouraging moms is a great thing!
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