A ROOM FULL OF WOMEN
Women. Get us into a room and we can talk for hours. About relationships, about faith…about motherhood! There’s always echoes of laughter and nods of appreciation, sighs that say, “At least I’m not alone in that!” Gasps that say, “No way!”
The first Resolution Ladies Forum was not only an opportunity to learn about communication skills, branding and etiquette from 3 ladies who were great to listen to, but also a chance for me to share my experience thus far about my journey into motherhood.
I talked less and listened more. I yearn that nowadays, to hear people out, get their perspective. After speaking briefly about trying to figure out my work-life balance (yeah, I’ll be talking about that for some time to come!), I opened the floor to hear from others about their own experiences. The highlight for me was when Roselyn, a pleasant, tough talking woman said she has 6 children 😳 and later said if she could change anything about the relationship she has with her teens, its that she would listen and bond more with them when they were little.
Lessons upon lessons in one short session. And a great idea for a new blog post too from one concerned parent – how do we balance the use of technology with our little ones? How much access it too much? How do we monitor what they’re watching? That’s a WHOLE other post.
There was talk of working late hours and having to go home to cook a warm meal, trying to understand why a six year old son wants to change schools, hoping to get through the first few years of working while raising a young family.
But the most gusty take home for me was from Ann, a mother who says that from the day her little one was born, she decided that the two of them had their own lives. Sounds complex? Almost controversial? I interpreted it this way; if we are never able to continue with our own ambitions and our own downtime, it’s not healthy for the kind of relationship we should be building with our children and, for those of us who have them, our partners. Another blog post? I’m on it!
In a room full of women, we laughed and learned. Looking forward to our next session!