The Pranayama breathing exercises I learned in the few yoga classes I went to are starting to prove to be really useful. They help restore my emotional and mental balance in this harried and frenetic world known as single motherhood. Because I’m basically going at it alone, I need all the help I can need- both physical and virtual.
In the virtual aspect, I have found something to hold my hand and ease the parenting weight off my shoulders. Because I Said So: Life in the Mom Zone by Annie Oeth, which was published in April 2014, has become my go-to book whenever I feel the pressure of parenting taking its toll on me.
In this book, solo mom Annie presents various stories of laughter, tears, worries and fears which are all associated with being a parent. Each story tells of how mothers manage to find strength, love and humor even in the direst of situations.
Here’s an excerpt from the book:
KIDS IN CHURCH
There was a time of retribution like no other in my growing-up years. It was when church let out.
At no other time in no other day did more children get more beatings, spankings, whippings and whatnot than after church.
Now let me preface this by saying our parents were not the “spare the rod” types. If you loved your children, the thinking back then was you would get to the seat of the problem. Rapidly. There were no time-outs back then. We kids would have loved those.
I am not an advocate of spanking children because I think there are more effective ways of communicating right and wrong than hitting. That sentence would have been laughed off the street in the South circa the early 1970s, though. And if one was to call one of those hiney-warmings child abuse, then I guess a whole town’s worth of parents would have been locked up. [Read more...]