I remember the first mommy mentor I ever had. Her name was Megan and she lived in the neighborhood that I moved into when my first son was 6 months old. Megan was about my age and had two beautiful girls. Her oldest was about 3 and her youngest was about a year old at the time. I was struggling with working and being a mom to one measly newborn and Megan made it look easy. She juggled work, motherhood and anything else that came her way with ease. The thing that I liked most about my mommy mentor was that she did not judge me. Instead, Megan took all of her wisdom and shared it with me. She was always there to help me if I needed it, to offer advice when I sought it, and to make me laugh when I was crying. And boy did I need it for those first few years. Megan was the person that told me about all the nifty gadgets that I needed to have and informed me that half the crap I registered for in my baby shower was not needed. She was the one that told me about all the great places in town to take my baby and on occasion, would help me get there. Megan was one of the wonderful women that made me a confident mother to my newborn. Here are some of her pearls of wisdom:
- You can have cheesy eggs for dinner...every night
- NEVER take your baby/toddler through the gift shop at the zoo because you are setting yourself up for a lifetime of pain, expense and stuffed animals
- It is ok to subscribe to People Magazine. If you ever get free time, it is the only thing that will make sense in your sleep deprived state
- Yes, you CAN give gummies to a two year old
- Yes, it is also acceptable to bribe said two year old with those gummies to get them into their expensive Halloween costume
- Let the two siblings fight it out, they will probably survive
We have all had a mommy mentor at some time or another. No one of us completes this journey on her own. Since we are all working moms, I hope that you will share your wisdom and what you have learned along your journey with a new working mom. Vow to be a source of support for a fellow Proud Working Mom today. In the meantime, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my mommy mentor for all of the things she did for me! Thanks Megan, love you!
Julia Romanow is a proud working mom and Editor in Chief of ProudWorkingMom.com. This was originally published on August 22, 2013.