As a single mother of three children; who recently moved to the Austin neighborhood I needed a community of encouragers for support. I came from a large close knit family that always lived close by and when I moved away from my family I felt as though I was lost and in a different world. I found myself in search of another family. That’s when I discovered A House in Austin and the Musikgarten classes. As time went by and the program began to grow so did the purpose of A House in Austin. We began what we call “Parent Chat”. In this parent chat we as parents (moms and dads) were able to share our stories as parents and to receive information on different styles of parenting.
- Who is there to encourage me in my time of need?
- Who can I talk to? Who will be my confidant?
- Who’s going to tell me that I’m needed and worth it and that I am more than enough?
- Where can I go when I’m in need?
Living in this world in this present moment with so many moments of uncertainties and doubt we need people who can encourage us to keep going and to never give up. We all need a person or a group of people to lift us up when we are down and who allow us to see others when we sometimes can’t see ourselves.
"Life is a hard battle anyway. If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier. I will not allow my life’s light to be determined by the darkness around me.
– Sojourner Truth
We all have purpose even if we are trying to know what it is and even though life has its detours we must walk in our purpose and strive for greatness. When you walk with purpose, you reach your destiny. So when you don’t have a person in your corner to cheer you on and there is no one to tell you that you are more than enough, you continue to inspire, strengthen and encourage yourself. Always seek help, guidance and support from others; that shows your strength and wisdom and that you are able to receive knowledge from others. Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice(Proverbs).
“You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”
– Kahlil Gibran
For the parent that is striving to do their very best remember that you are special to your child and that they need you to be aware of who you are and in their eyes you are mighty and powerful. So cherish the moments you have with your children! Remember that they are a reflection of yourself so be slow to speak quick to hear and slow to anger. Our children are our future and we want them to live a life that is better than the ones we have lived. We want to break generational curses and show our children a better way and allow them the opportunities we were not offered.
“If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down, these women together ought to be able to turn it right again.”
– Sojourner Truth
As a mother of young children it saddens me to hear about the shootings and crimes that are happening in the neighborhoods of Chicago. Over 50 children were killed in senseless gun violence this year alone. This has affected us all, from the 7 year old child who was gunned down less than a block from my home who was visiting her grandmother and the 2 year old child that was riding in the car with his mother who died from gun violence. What do we do as parents to keep our children safe? That’s a question we all would like to know the answer to, especially since most of the children were being kids and playing outside of their homes. We as parents must start at home with our children and when you see something that isn’t right take the time out to correct it. Now is not the time to be quiet, now is the time to be loud and stand for what is right and to speak out about what is wrong. Don’t allow your children (young or old) to be a part of the problem. Teach them to love and to show love to one another. Teach them to respect their elders and other people’s property. Teach them the “Golden Rule” Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. As parents we have to stand in the gap for our children. They deserve to be able to ride in the car with their parents and visit grandma without worrying about being gunned down or snatched by someone. Our children deserve our best so let’s give them what they deserve, parents who are aware of who they are and safe environments to learn, explore, and grow.