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Jonah!

What are some of the greatest struggles you face as a mother raising your children in the world today?

The biggest challenge is not having a time machine at my disposal, so I can go to work each day, which I love, and then zip back to the morning and redo the day with Jonah.

Being 100% present when I am home with Jonah and not getting distracted by the million other things that are pressing in my mind.

What advice can you share with other mothers who may be facing similar challenges?
Get down at your child's level, so you don't loom like a giant above them. Act silly, roll around and laugh! They love it and it is GREAT stressful relief for bizzy bizzy mamas!

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Thank you for that advice. When I was a married working at home mom, it was my daily routine, but as a single mom, I find it challenging and only think about it in the middle of the night. When my son comes home, we only have time for homework, dinner, and bed. I make up by sleeping in the same bed with him so I can share dreams and my inner spirit with him. I long to have that time again, and I have been struggling for nine years to get it back. But it seems I have been altered, single motherhood does make you two more people. You become more of a provider than a nurturer, although I do nurture but I have not the energy to be playmate as well.

Thanks for the sharing,

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Challenges of parenting

I have a beautiful little three year old boy. Wow! He really is the love of my life, and I have been looking to be teaching at his pre-school for the past several months and been able to spend my days off with him as well. We have a wonderful relationship, but it is so so hard to keep the world at bay. My husband and I struggle with culturally different child raising practices (He's Kenyan, and I am African-American although I have lived in Kenya a lot).More than that, he is a young Black boy growing up in America, and neither my husband nor I experienced that since my husband grew up in Kenya. The world keeps sneaking into our world, despite our new president, my community is full of joblessness and every day I have to use my faith more to assure me that we will be able to hang onto what we have as the money becomes less. Every day, I see more people in our community struggling with addictions and oppression and more and more and more Black boys falling through the cracks, and my son is full of joy and gaining a burgeoning independence, but I don't know how to arm with all that is still ahead.

So I enjoy the moments that are being three, sleeping with him and listening to his cute little snores, watching him use his jembe (hoe) to dig in our garden, singing and dancing and getting messy, baking and reading stories about Anansi the spider and so much more. He still tells me "Mama, I love you all the way to the moon!" I hope he always will.

Tell me sister-friends, so many of your are struggling with so much oppression as you raise your children- what sustains you?

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