When Alex and I finally got married, we decided we wanted to wait a year before even thinking about having a child.
An LDSBlogs extra by Valerie Steimle
As a writer, I spent a great deal of time teaching my children to write and to do research. I taught them how to evaluate sources and to recognize bias. I wanted them to be intelligent readers. My parents were strict about this. When we watched commercials on television, they asked us what message the advertiser was trying to send us and what methods he was using to get us to see things his way. We learned to identify loaded words and arguments. When we researched a topic, they would show us how to evaluate the source to understand bias and the author’s qualifications to write on the subject. We learned how to find and use a wide range of resources. These skills are useful to me as a writer, as a life-long independent student, and as a human being.
When my first child was a toddler, she decided to have a meltdown in the middle of the grocery store. After all, what’s the fun in having one in private? She threw herself to the floor and began wailing. Irritated shoppers all stared at me or complained, and some started instructing me in what to do. Since the instructions were all contradictory, and some were abusive, they only made things worse. I became almost paralyzed with embarrassment and fear. How was I going to get out of this?
Our Young Mormon Family blogger, Krystal Wilkerson, is on maternity leave. Filling in for her today is our homeschooling blogger, Britt Kelly, who is sharing some words of wisdom for young moms.