A: I live in Los Angeles, California. Every mother is a working mother ? but currently I do not clock-in to a job that earns a salary. I have always been interested in music, poetry and digital media, video production, and graphic art. I am passionate about education, pan-african culture, history, health, and my faith.
How has becoming a mother impacted the pace and direction of your life?
A: It has totally taken the focus off me and directed it towards my children. With every decision I make they are at the forefront of my mind.
From the articles you’ve contributed, it’s clear that you have a passion for education. Where does that come from? Why do you find education to be so important?
A: I have a Masters in Education and have 8 years of experience in the classroom teaching middle and high school. Most of that experience has been at schools where children have been kicked out of their traditional school because of behavior and/or academic problems. In California we call these continuation schools, in other areas I have heard them referred to as alternative schools. Although I often had some very advanced students and a few that were right on grade level, most of my students were extremely far behind. I am talking about 17-20 year old students who read at a 3rd-5th grade level. My passion for education comes from working in public schools and seeing how much work needs to be done.
How do you carve out time for yourself in the midst of marriage and motherhood?
A: Ha Ha. That is one thing I have not mastered yet. Sometimes an evening or early morning meditation helps. But this is one area I need to get better at.
What is your biggest parenting challenge right now?
A: Modeling patience for my daughters. They are both toddlers and demand a lot of attention. It can sometimes feel overwhelming, but being patient and modeling what patience looks like is my goal.
Who is your child-rearing support group?
A: My family and friends.
What is the most important value, ideal or philosophy that you want to impart to your children?
A: To love yourself, and rely on that love regardless of how the world treats you.
What advice would you give to a new mom?
A: Know that everyone will have an opinion about how you raise your children. Expect that. Don’t let it bother you when opinions manifest into unsolicited advice and criticism. It will happen. Sometimes advice can be helpful, but most people do not know how to give advice without sounding condescending or putting themselves on a pedestal while shaming your parenting skills. Pray for them and be the best parent you know how to be.
Angele is a wife to a wonderful creative husband, mother to two beautiful intelligent daughters and a lover of art, education and laughter. She is the creator and author of ABC remix.