Calling All Moms!

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mentor_momsMary Hasson, Executive Vice President of the wonderful Phases of Womanhood website recently contacted me regarding a special project she’s working on.  Mary shared,

“I am writing a longer piece for Laywitness on “mentor moms,”  focusing on the idea that  moms who are beyond the baby years have time and wisdom to share with their younger counterparts. Many churches in evangelical circles have established programs that bring younger moms and older moms together in those kinds of relationships.  In the Catholic circles I know of, these relationships seem to establsh themselves more informally or organically.

I would love to hear from your readers on two points:  If they are younger moms:  Would they be interested in a mentoring relationship with an older mom and, if so, what qualities would they look for? I’d love to hear their stories of moms who filled that role or how they found a mentor.  For older moms:  Are they open to sharing their time and wisdom?  What do they feel they have to give? How would they begin such a relationship (suggesting it to a younger mom or wait to be asked)? Again, I’d love to hear stories of the mentors in their own lives or how they have become involved in mentoring younger moms (however informallly).”

Can you help Mary with what promises to be a great article for moms?  Email her directly at [email protected] to share your thoughts on this important topic.

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

2 Comments

  1. I can’t tell you how much I have needed a mentor mom for the past 2.5 years. My mom lives out-of-state and I have no family here. My husband’s mom passed away. I needed help so much. It’s gotten easier now, but in the beginning I was completely sleep deprived and I just needed to have someone visit me and talk, maybe bring a meal and care about what was going on.

    Qualities of a Mentor Mom:
    -Good listener
    -Likes to hold the baby
    -I don’t need to her babysit, but at least if she could please watch the baby while I take a shower that would be so nice.
    -Explain stuff about children’s developmental stages from her experiences of being a mom
    -Pray with me and for the baby.
    -Explain how marriages change and evolve after baby
    -Remind me that it won’t last forever. One day I will sleep more than 5 hours a night.
    -Go out to tea or shopping without the baby. Maybe let baby have some daddy time.
    -Attend baptism and fill in if Godparent’s can’t be there.
    -Maybe it would be nice to have a “God Grandma”, since they have the wisdom

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