Every year at this time we celebrate the magnificent honor it is to be a mother and the strength every one of Lydia’s House residents display in choosing a new path for themselves and their children. We acknowledge and thank mothers and mother figures for their unyielding loyalty and unmatched devotion to their children. We all know that motherhood is extremely challenging and can often present difficulties that we never imagined we’d face when we first looked at their little newborn faces. Motherhood is not always pretty and it is definitely messy at times. From dirty diapers to runny noses to the moody teen years and beyond.
Recognizing that not everyone has had the same past and an attentive mother who was able to teach the parenting skills needed, Lydia’s House offers parenting classes once each month that is lead by one of our Family Advocates, who is a License Clinical Social Worker. Parenting classes teach participants how to organize their time in their home-life, proper discipline for their children and providing healthy choices when it comes to nutrition for their family. These classes also teach how to set clear family rules, when it is an appropriate age to leave children home alone and to pay attention during playtime for safety (in the streets or surrounding areas). Emotional health and other resources are also discussed with their instructor and amongst the mothers.
We take on the task of bringing new life into the world and making that life one of meaning. From the minute our children are born, we are mothers. It doesn’t pay well and the hours are pretty long but it’s the best job in the world and we’re immeasurably blessed to be able to wear the title.
Happy Mother’s Day
Editor’s Note: This month of April, we are proud to present our blog written by Lydia’s House in-house Chaplain, Carolyn Held.