Journalist Mothers on Their Parenting Tremendous Powers


My superpower teaches my baby how to get into the groove. The latest adorable video clip of my 10-month-old wife making the rounds among friends and family shows how she rocks the 80s comic strip “Walk the Dinosaur” by the band Was (Not Was). Although she cannot walk yet, the girl can dance and she has an ear for music; That’s why I make it my business to encourage them not just to appreciate the Beatles, Motown, or even Cocomelon, but to hug the cheese and toss the jam out, regardless of the source of the music. Whenever the rhythm beats, I hope that she will join in – and that an open mind will lead her everywhere. – Melonyce McAfee, managing editor

Since becoming a mother, I have seen little signs of illness in my daughter. Things I would never have noticed in another person before motherhood. It’s not based on maternal instinct or a maternal spidey sense, but on the very fact that we are around each other all the time. It made me aware of slight changes in their behavior or behavior. This “skill” has made me confident of what to do next and stand up for it in medical situations. I know nobody knows them like me. – Tiffanie Graham, photo editor

I have a perk-up talk with a new mom that I always share when I find out someone is about to be a parent: ignore people who only talk about how hard it is. Parenting is fun, interesting, joyful, and expansive. I think as a culture we overemphasize the challenges of parenting. Why don’t we talk about how parents can make you stronger, happier, more organized, and more focused? I made great new friends through my daughter (other parents, teachers, coaches, students) and most of all I learned so much from her. I think my great strength as a mother was that I always focused on the joy of it, which makes the “work” part of parenting a lot easier. I was a single parent and while it wasn’t always easy, I loved every minute. My daughter is in college now, and while she still needs her mother, she’s this amazing, interesting young woman too, and I feel so lucky to know her. – Tara Parker-Pope, columnist

It’s 7:30 pm and I’m in the bathroom buckling up a jazzy tune and some hastily made up lyrics that I called “The Germ Song”. Our 4-year-old enthusiastically brushes her teeth to the rhythm of my singing and sweeps away all the bad guys that cause cavities. “That’s a sucker,” says my wife from the door. She is impressed and so am I – but not because of my improvisation skills. We are amazed that none of us, for once, had to persuade our daughter to brush. As mothers, we are also chameleons that inhabit other people or characters. We play, yes, but we do something else at the same time: through the bedtime routine; solve our daughter’s fears; or explore the world. – Christina Caron, reporter

As a child I had a cassette of comedic fairy tales; They were mixed versions of classic stories told in the voice of a moose. I’ve learned them by heart, moose accent and everything. Now, I can’t remember when the deadline for my fifth grader enrolling in middle school math class was (or was), when my kindergarten’s T-ball game starts tomorrow, or how many other parents have names. But these silly stories are in my brain – and when I tell them my kids are crazy. Since they were babies, I’ve also danced ridiculously to make them laugh. “Do the ‘Mommy Dance'” they say sometimes. Mothers get a bad rap for not being the “fun parents” of straight couples. But children are weird and laughing with my daughters is my saving grace. In my house, when all else fails, or when I’m just unable to do things, it’s funny when I’m funny. – Farah Miller, editor-in-chief




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