Take a shower and other motherly advice

I’ve often been asked to write down my experiences while raising my five children. One of the best compliments I ever received was from a high school friend who commented to another friend that my family likes to be together.  That comment brings tears to my eyes because I have fought long and hard, striving for that goal.

I made a lot of choices that are not typical starting with homeschooling the children for their elementary years.  Before you start calling me a saint or any other glowing term, I want to dispel any illusions that I am in anyway more patient, kind or sympathetic than the average woman.  I’m not. I’m also not organic; I don’t wear jumpers (add silent scream here) and I don’t bake bread.  Even though I live in the Midwest, I was raised in California, and I don’t have an accent.  I like fashion, laying in the sun, and eating in restaurants.  My children’s pants cover their ankles.

I wanted my children to see, learn and experience life first hand so that they would be well-rounded, open-minded, clear-thinking, interesting adults.  I also get bored easily so I’ve done a lot of things and gone a lot of places with my children in tow. The kids are mostly grown now.  I have a college graduate, a college senior, a college sophomore and two high school students.  People seem to like them at least that’s what they tell me.

“Take a shower” will be a series of life experiences and lessons I learned while nurturing/molding/prodding/dragging my often kicking and screaming little people into adulthood.  Why “Take a Shower” you ask?  If you ask my kids what is my first response for almost any problem they will say, “Take a shower!”  I still think it’s excellent advice. Think about it – a shower makes almost anything better. It gives you a new perspective; time to think; it clears your sinuses; cleans your wounds; removes unwanted debris…so many things with such a simple act.

So my first series will be the “Our Nation’s Capital” Fasten your seat belts…

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8 thoughts on “Take a shower and other motherly advice

  1. Eloise, you have a gift for writing and you know your subject well. I’ll be reading your Blog filled with family experiences and I love your humor. I am proud of you. Everyone enjoyed seeing Mike on this year’s force 5 backpack trip. Keep up the good work and enjoy your family.

  2. My kids were always happy to report “homeschooled kids” sightings. How did they know? Mom’s jumpers, ill fitting jeans-flood pants on the kids and bad haircuts…not to mention the “van!” Loved your comments-I can relate. This will be fun to follow your adventures and hear your perspective. You have done good my friend:)

  3. This is great, Eloise! I’m glad you’re putting the wisdom you’ve gleaned raising your five great kids somewhere where those of us still in the process can benefit from it!

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