Let’s face it, parenting isn’t easy. In our pressure-packed world, moms and dads often feel their parenting is being judged if their kids are not moving in lock-step with their peers. It’s easy to compare our kids to their peers and feel lost as to why our child’s development is different. The truth is that every child is unique and is motivated by different passions and interests. Recently, Carla Eades reached out to me and shared a story about her son’s reading journey (which we are proud to say, that journey included Homer, the learn to read program for kids). For this week’s #CelebrateRealMoms post, we’re applauding Carla for her bravery in talking about her struggles as a mom to support her son in a world that often values achievement over growth. Thank you Carla.
This past week we celebrated International Women’s Day. Maybe it’s because we each have young daughters at home who are becoming more aware of what it means to be a girl in the 21st century (with all its peril and promise), but we’ve noticed over the past few days that people are paying more attention than ever to Women’s History Month. Local museums have mounted new exhibits honoring the contributions of women to our artistic heritage. Bookstores are filling their front shelves with biographies of extraordinary women. The children’s section of the library has gone all out with a special display of picture books that celebrate girl power!
Today, we want to #CelebrateRealMoms and International Women’s Day. Homer honors all women who have bravely stepped out of their comfort zones, shown courage, created vision and allowed space for sensitivity, progress, and greater understanding. Becca Wilson, our guest blogger, is a dear friend of mine, a business leader, an avid reader with an excitement for adventure and getting outside, and a smart, caring community-minded woman. Most of all, she is a real mom, just like you and me, doing her best to grow her small people into wonderful humans. She and her husband, Will, manage Tennessee Cheesecake, a wholesale dessert manufacturer located in Lebanon, Tennessee and are parents to two amazing and beautiful little girls, ages 3 and 6 months.
I’m Jess, a mom of two children, and a true believer in lifting up other moms, celebrating the brave steps we take together to make a positive impact on the world. When we celebrate each other’s victories, we make movements. We make progress.
Today, we’re launching our #CelebrateRealMoms series. Every Wednesday, we’ll choose a #RealMom doing amazing things and feature her work, her struggles, ideas, victories.
For our first post in the series, we’re highlighting Kate Celauro. She’s a Nashville mom with a two amazing little boys who attend school with mine. Like us, she is passionate about literacy and loves writing, reading with her kids, and traveling. She also recently decided to do some brave things with her writing. National Read Across America Day takes place tomorrow, and it seems just right to feature Kate and her children’s book, Bartleby, as we prepare to read with our kids tomorrow.