Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Mother Mentor

Merriam-Webster Online defines a mentor as "a trusted counselor or guide."

When we use the word mentor, we usually think of someone we learn from in a professional setting: a professor, athletic coach, internship supervisor, etc.

Though we learn about our future professions, navigating an office setting and other professional facets from these individuals, we also learn how to be an all around decent human being.

Recently, I've been thinking about one of my latest mentors, my university PR internship supervisor, and what she has taught me. Aside from being an office and professional role model, she's also been a mother role model.

Disclaimer: Children surely are not something I want now and I'm not sure I ever want them, but my mentor makes me know the type of mother I want to be.

1. She calls her children her dudes.

2. Her dudes read about Batman and Iron Man, but they also learn about every day superheroes like Albert Einstein and Martin Luther King, Jr.

3. Each weekend they venture around Detroit visiting its gems: the Heidelberg Project, Hart Plaza, the Detroit Tigers, urban mini golf, local parades, pop-up yoga classes, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Michigan Science Center and Palmer Park among others.

4. To round them out, she makes sure they enjoy traditional suburban and rural kid activities too: camping, hiking, bike riding, street hockey, catching frogs, skipping rocks, etc.

5. Their interests include hockey, baseball, comic books, superheroes, being outside and architecture. No, the last item isn't a typo. Her younger dude's favorite Detroit building is the Penobscot Building, which was also his Halloween costume.

Also, her dudes have little interest in playing videogames.

6. She talks to her dudes like adults. They're only 4 and 5 years old, by the way. The first time I met them, she introduced us as if we were all adults.

7. She spends as much time as possible with her dudes, but she isn't afraid to take time for herself. Also, her dudes (and their dad) get her the best "me time" gifts. They sent her to an all inclusive spa for mother's day.

My mentor does everything in her power to make her dudes well-rounded, open-minded individuals.

Keyword: Individuals.

Her dudes are only 15 months apart but she makes sure to spend one-on-one time with each dude and allow them to do separate activities.

If or when I become a mom, I'll always think about my mommy mentor and her dudes.

What parts of life have your mentors impacted?

Until next time...

Rock out, kiddies!

- J

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