Recently, I read a story about how the admittedly introverted Shonda Rhimes, the force behind prime time television hits, such as "Grey's Anatomy," and "Scandal," decided to start saying "Yes" to everything, including her three children. She even wrote a book about it, "Year of Yes." I was inspired by Rhimes to write my own "yes" story, too, about my son and the huge power of such a small word.
I remember hearing stories of friends who were born on or very close to Christmas day and the pity from others. The questions were never-ending, "Does your family combine your gifts?" "Do you get cake?" "When do you celebrate?"
We both had been anticipating the day for a few weeks. He would come home and wiggle his tooth and I’d jokingly give him ideas to pull it out. “We could find a sting and attach to your tooth...” For a few days, I think he was eating at least three apples a day.
I’m a single mom, and I work a low-wage job, but I know I am not alone because two-thirds of low-wage workers are women, and many U.S. households depend solely or heavily on the income of a working mom. I’m here to share my #NoShameParenting story on how judgement runs thick for me and thousands of women like me.
A funny, but really awesome thing happened a few months ago when I stood on stage in front of a crowd of strangers and shared my motherhood story. I finally found my voice. After years and years of being a freelance writer and having that scary dream of standing in front of people in your underwear, well, yeah, basically that's what LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER was for me, a great lesson in finding your voice in the middle of that terrifiying dream. Please journey through me with to discover how LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER helped me find my voice.