Thursday, July 07, 2011

Mama models

Look at this. How she has made herself be on the level of the children. She is looking at what has captured their attention. She is explaining the how and why of the science.

I have more pictures from the visit. Pictures of train tracks, post office tents, and fish feeding. I stood back a lot and took pictures, watching and learning from my best friend.

She is the kind of mom I want to be. A mom who finds something to teach in every activity. A mom who cuddles when cuddles are needed, but who also goes to great lengths to learn how to empower her children.

Finding the balance between security and independence for our children is so very difficult.

I'm lucky to have such great mama models in my life. I'm lucky that this one is my best friend.


  1. Way back when I first started hanging out with Susan, I always noticed that she put so much thought into how she wanted to parent her children. She's an amazing mom. And BFF-mom to your kids too! :)

  2. i haven't met her with her kids...but i can imagine. b/c seldom have i had the pleasure of being with anyone so attentive, so present, so engaged.

    you two are lucky in each other. :)

  3. It is I who am lucky - and luckier still that you came to visit! Thanks for sharing your precious children with me and mine. We had a wonderful time, as always.

    Love to you,

  4. She's awesome, for so many reasons.

    But you're in time out, missy. I think you know why.

  5. sister, i hear you. i often find myself just trying to get through the day, rather than taking the time and energy to engage my children. i am not a 'every moment a learning moment' kind of mother. and i totally wish i was.
    i have a lot of admiration for susan, on many levels.
    i love that you two have such a friendship. <3

  6. also: you are an AMAZING mama and friend, friend.

  7. Friends bring out so much—in us, in those we love.

    Susan is a wonder and you are a great friend. Thank you for opening this window.