As a millennial parent, one of my most powerful tools has been empathy. I still remember (quite vividly in fact) what it was like to be a kid.
I remember those awkward moments of wanting to talk to my mom about something important, possibly even controversial, and being so overcome with nervousness that I could feel the anxiety wash over my body.
I remember being baffled by adults telling me to “grow up” in one breath, and “stay in a child’s place” in the next.
My goal as a parent over the last 10 years has been to empathize with my daughters’ childhood experience — the now — and guide them to their desired future. It’s empathy that helps me to keep a fine balance on the parent-friend spectrum (I know, there are some of you who don’t even believe kids and parents should have a friendship, but I’m not one of them.)
When I had the opportunity to write for PhillyVoice about motherhood, I wanted to use it as a way to not just share my voice as a parent, but to also share the voice of my eldest daughter, Arionna. After all, she is the one who made me a mother.
There’s no real way to prepare you for my 10-year-old daughter, Arionna. She is a very wise and intuitive little girl. I’m a mother who doesn’t do much sugarcoating with my babies; they’re highly intelligent and I address them as such.
So here’s our first installment of ‘conversations with a kid.’ I hope you are empowered, enlightened and entertained by it just as much as the two of us were. Think about it, share it and then hold your own conversations with the children in your life.
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– Sincerely Syreeta