Today, I’m talking with Annette Pimentel. She’s a mother of six children and an author of children’s non-fiction literature. Today we’re talking about how she learned to embrace who she is to be an authentic mother and to use her strengths and talents to create a culture in her home that allows her to fully be her as well as to use her strengths to solve problems.

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Key Points from this Episode:

  • Knowing the story of why you made a decision during a hard time helps form who you are.
  • Being a mom doesn’t mean you can’t be authentic to yourself. Sometimes the best solutions we come up with are the ones that come from our core of passions and talents.
  • The things we care about can be the center of your mothering. Those things can become your toolkit for being a mother.
  • It takes creativity to truly be who we are and still solve those parenting problems, but they are the most authentic.
  • Become friends with the librarians! They are an amazing resource and love seeing people who care about books.
  • Books and stories (and the conversations you have about them) can help you maintain closeness with your children as they grow older.
  • Check out books and read them before you read them to your kids if you think they might have a viewpoint that is uncomfortably different from your own so you can think through things you can talk about together.
  • Stories about everyday people who can change the world are amazing. You don’t have to be a famous person, or even particularly smart. You don’t have to be rich. You just have to feel passionately about something and you can change the world!
  • The family routines can allow your family to feel safe even when circumstances change. Your home becomes the safe haven when life around gets crazy.

From the Episode

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Connect with Annette

Website: www.annettebaypimentel.com

Twitter: @AnnettePimentel

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