My Perfectly Flawed Motherhood Simplified Interview

I recently had the honor of being interviewed by Katie O’Brien, who is an amazing life coach for moms, on her Motherhood Simplified interview series spotlighting real moms across the country. It was the first time I participated in a live interview of this kind and I was a little nervous because I wasn’t sure what she would ask. The result was eye-opening. How often do you have the chance to speak from the heart and then watch it back? 

As you can imagine, I have watched it a few times. While I think I did a good job (definitely outside my comfort zone), I do take issue with one thing I said. Yes, I’m about to take issue with my own viewpoint, or rather how I chose to express it verbally (this is why I am a writer). I said that one of the reasons we have bad parenting days is because our kids are imperfect just like us. I also said that they are flawed like us. While I believe this general sentiment to be true, I do want to qualify my statement because “flaw” is not the best word I could have used. Flaw has such a negative connotation and really a flaw is only considered a flaw in the eye of the beholder. To me, flaw could easily be interchanged with the word “individual.” Our children are imperfect humans who are each unique individuals and cannot and will not always act the way we imagine they “should.” We are humans raising little humans and the struggle of that relationship is sometimes difficult. Yes, we will always love our children who are so perfectly flawed. But, the flaws make us who we are. We are all where we are in life because of our “mistakes” and because of our individuality.

So, yes grinning and bearing it is part of parenthood. Yes, there are days you simply have to get through. Yes, we will make mistakes in parenting and have moments when we throw our hands up in the air and just hope for a new day. But, this is all part of the process. This is the imperfect journey we all take when raising other perfectly imperfect little humans – flaws and all.

Here is my perfectly flawed and unedited interview about me and my views on motherhood. Watch it and let me know what you think? Did anything resonate with you? How do you achieve balance?

About 

Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2006 started a child care business. In 2012, she launched Tiny Steps Mommy, a lifestyle and parenting blog that quickly gained a following and connected her to an expansive group of women-owned businesses. In 2013, she started a digital marketing consulting business that focused on growing community in an authentic way. Through those connections she was inspired to open Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space that also offers onsite childcare up to three hours per day. It is where like-minded professionals pursue their business goals with the extra level of support parents desire; a place where you "bring your kids to work." She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community. She has been published on The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode and Pop Sugar.

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  1. Great interview Nicole! I agree that we are all individuals – including our children – and it’s important to remember that they are going to make mistakes (and that we need to let them). Parenting is certainly an adventure, especially when you have multiple children because there are so many personalities in the mix. As the mom of three I wouldn’t trade it. I love seeing each of my children learn and grow. Helping them discover who they are and bringing out the best in them is one of my favorite parts of motherhood.
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