Here at Tomato Pie, we’re celebrating the release of my biblical historical fiction ebook “Working Mother” by celebrating the working mothers among us. Let’s meet working mother, Laura Nelson!
What’s your name?
Tell us a little bit about your family.
Mother of three, ages ranging from 11-18 plus one small but mighty dog.
Imagine you’re at a dinner party. Someone asks the question, “So, what do you do?” What’s your answer?
I’m a preschool music and movement teacher but I’m also a blogger and speaker.
How do you think God uses your job to help shape you into all He made you to be?
I believe that God gave me the gift for teaching others and that I can use those gifts with my preschoolers as well as with my readers and those that I speak to. By actively using those gifts, I think I become more of the person that God intended when He created me.
What benefits (besides the economical) have you seen to your family that are a direct result of your work away from home?
Teaching has definitely made me a better parent. I see examples of great parenting all the time through the parents at my school. That coupled with the continuing education I complete yearly gived me a better understanding of the developing person at different stages of life. Don’t tell my teens but preschoolers and teens aren’t very different.
My writing and speaking has deepened my spiritual life and made it more present in every part of my life. As a mother, my attitudes and behaviors regarding my spiritual really affect my family. It keeps the conversation going about our faith and how we live it.
How do you balance any guilty feelings you might have in the tension between your workplace and your homespace?
This is something that every mother struggles with-even those who don’t work outside of the home. As my children (and I) have gotten older, I’ve learned to make choices and be at peace with them. The most important thing is to recognize and accept the fact that you can’t do everything. Once you do that, it’s a lot easier to prioritize your time.
What is one thing that you would ask the people in your life to do to support you more?
Be enthusiastic about what I do. That enthusiasm shows me that you care about me beyond my role as “Mom” and that what I’m doing matters.
Are you a working mother? So was (and is) the Blessed Mother! If you enjoyed this interview and would like to celebrate working motherhood some more, please consider getting a copy of my $.99 historical fiction ebook, “Working Mother.”