Raising Three

Well, then. Hello, I suppose.

There are probably millions of mommy blogs out there, literally. There are communities full of mommy blogs of various degrees of success. There’s a blog for every potential experience that people could ever want to discuss with others who have been through the same things.

And then there’s this one.

I don’t have answers. Frankly, I don’t even know many of the questions I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to be asking. I don’t really have advice, either; I’m a first-time mother to a toddler. We haven’t hit school years yet, let alone teen years. I’m very aware that it would be absolutely ridiculous to begin to offer theories, advice, or support on difficult children.

What I do have to offer you, dear Internet, is simply myself.

It’s true a parent’s job of raising a child is generally considered complete around the onset of adulthood, but I don’t think anyone is ever done being “raised”. When we become adults, we become our own responsibility – be that at 18 or after college or the first time we are really, truly, out in the world with just ourselves and our heads and our hearts to guide us. Our parents lay the foundation, but we have to continue to build upon that foundation.

Our mistakes and failures become our own, but so, too, do our achievements, milestones, and general progress as developing human beings.

We have to continue what our parents started. We have to ‘raise’ ourselves. We have to constantly challenge ourselves and our beliefs and our knowledge base. We should never abandon attempts to become a better person, a better human being overall. We must continue to grow and change.

I’m a lot of things, and I have a lot of labels. Some labels I’ve grown out of; some labels I didn’t even know I wanted until after they’d been stapled to my forehead. I’m going to be telling you a story, piece by piece, of those labels, and how I got them. I’m going to share with you not only how we’re raising our daughter, but how we’re raising each other and ourselves. I’m a parent of one, raising three – our daughter, my husband, and myself – to be better people.

…So, uh, favorite this blog, or whatever it is y’all durn kids do. And share it on that Bookface.

-Mama Mags