Learning Leadership

Sometimes as a mom I feel like I am being led around by my day, moving from one thing to the next, putting out fires. I have a feeling of being behind or unproductive. Sometimes at the end of the day I am not able to come up with one thing that I did that seems of value. Have you ever felt this way?

I feel that I need to learn more about leadership. Leadership in parenting and particularly in mothering. I wasn’t raised in a traditional home, with father and mother leading the way. I was raised in somewhat of a survival or crisis mode for a large portion of my growing up years, and because of this, I feel unsure as to how I am supposed to properly function as a mother. I am unsure how to lead, be the example, be the mentor.

I strive to teach my children my religious beliefs and to teach them the value of work and education. I try to teach them to love each other and serve each other and to look for ways to serve others. I try to live what I teach, as I know that actions speak louder than words.

It is a strange thing to be in the middle of raising children and realize that I still have so much to learn.

I recently read an article on Meridian Magazine that helped me to see a vision of what a difference I can make with the little things I do everyday.

The Happiest Place: A Dangerous Woman

This article really helped me feel the importance of doing the little things as a mother. Reading stories, singing songs, teaching a child to make cookies, etc. All of these little things are ways that I can be a better leader and mother and have a greater influence over my children.

I began reading a book last night by a woman named Nicholeen Peck. It is about family government, and as with any new system begun in the home, it has to start with the parents. It starts with me, changing my behavior in order to help my children change their behaviors.

I will continue to share what I learn as I strive to live with more direction in my mothering and leading my family.

I am excited to learn more and be a better mom. I am excited to learn and practice living, really living and enjoying life with my family!

Please share any experiences with your motherhood leadership journey. I would love to learn from you!

2 Responses to "Learning Leadership"

  • I love this blog!!! You are a woman after my own heart! It is so hard to keep leading out; to keep improving. It takes work, but that’s why we are here right?

    I can’t wait to hear what you find as you read the book. The book is meant to help free parents and children from the bondage of emotions and anxiety. I hope it does so for your family as you make the principles your own.

    You may be wondering how I found you blog. Every once in a while I search my name for fun. Today, I found this when I did. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and fears and for your dedication to being a vailiant mother in these turbulant times too.

    Nicholeen Peck

    1 Nicholeen Peck said this (July 13, 2010 at 4:46 pm)

  • As usual you have shared some great insights. Mothering Leadership is quite tricky because it is a combination of heart and intellect or some might call it intuition and knowledge or the Spirit and common sense. I think most women are talented at combining the two when making decisions in leadership roles. Unfortunately, half of that feminine combination is not often valued. I still remember my mom telling me I couldn’t go to a certain activity because she didn’t “feel right” about it. It wasn’t very convincing at the time, but now I know what she was talking about because I have felt it. Once when my teenage son was going through a tough time the Spirit was telling me to take a certain action, but my husband thought differently. It took some time for me to be confident enough to insist, but it was a decision that changed my son’s life for the better. I would love to hear more of your thoughts on the book and your experience.

    2 Dianna Kearney said this (July 17, 2010 at 11:27 am)

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