I first met Kim at the Story@Home Conference in Utah earlier this year. I had never laughed nor cried so much in the same hour as I did in her class. Kim shared not just experiences of her childhood, but shared them in a way that made me connect with her, and think of my own upbringing. Her sarcasm and down-to-earth perspective of life makes me think, “no wonder she’s a professional storyteller”!
How long have you been a mother? I have been a mother for 26 years!
How does your mothering abilities compare to your mother’s? I was way more open with my kids than my mom was with us. Her generation was taught that children are seen not heard. I allowed my children to sit with adults and hear deep discussions. I believe children understand much more than we credit them for.
What was the most embarrassing moment of being a mom? When I took my firstborn for a walk in her stroller…with 2 feet of snow on the ground. An older woman looked at me like I was crazy and told me I shouldn’t have the baby out in that weather. I was so embarrassed! I was a new mom and I was so excited to take walks with her that I didn’t think twice about it.
If you had a “day off” how would you spent it? Alone, with some books, in the mountains with no cell service! Pure quiet.
What is a staple that gets you through the day? Laughter
What would you TRULY want for a Mother’s Day gift? To have all the women, in my family, together in the same place, with a great meal and hours to talk. No men allowed.
What has been the biggest shock in being a mom? – something that you weren’t prepared to deal with? That the ‘happy always” life you envisioned and dreamt for your child seldom happens. If it did, they would be soft and unprepared for life. So now I embrace the bad moments and treasure them for what they teach.
What is the most rewarding aspect of being a mom? My daughters are all grown now, and we are very good friends. Open , honest and willing to say sorry. We like hanging out together and they actually WANT to hang out with me. That is the biggest compliment a parent can get.