Mom 2 Mom is a recurring post that will feature influential Moms who are making strides in their careers and communities while managing the tests and trials of motherhood. We’ll discuss parenting, careers, and work life balance all through the eyes of today’s featured mom, Kurllenne Martin. As the winner of the My Simple MOMents First Birthday contest, Kurllenne is today’s featured guest. We met through our love for students, and we have shared giggles together ever since. Kurllenne is days away from turning 40, a loving wife, and a mom to a teenage boy, Trey, and a preteen girl, Kya. She is a middle school teacher who is passionate about giving her students every opportunity to succeed which works well with her dream job, a school counselor. Introducing…Kurllenne.
Do you remember how we met? Let’s tell the story…
Funny story because we met two times. Our first meeting was at my former middle school’s career day. I brought the group of students I was escorting to the classroom you were in. We met, but I thought that was going to be the only time we would see each other. Fast forward three months later and we meet again at a Mother’s Day outing. That’s when I knew you were so AWESOME! LOL! We laughed and connected as mothers, wives, and friends in that afternoon.
I already know this answer, but tell the readers, what is the one thing you are truly passionate about?
The success of our youth. I believe our youth have so much potential and that they can be amazing. Adults have to provide our youth with a way, confidence, and uncover what they love.
How would you describe your parenting style?
I joke that I am a lazy parent. LOL! I want my kids to be independent, and I have built a solid foundation with them, so I am able to step back and let them experience a few things on their own. I provide them with advice, and they can take it or leave it. I think it is important for them to learn from experience. They know my expectations in regards to academics, behavior, and their actions. But seeing my two kiddos grow and come into their own, it amazes me daily.
Share your funniest “guess what my kid did” story…
When my son was in elementary school, maybe 4th or 5th grade, he was taking a shower in my bathroom. I was in the bathroom as well, probably going to my closet, I see him pick up the Head and Shoulders, put some on his washcloth and start using it to bathe with. I tell him that Head and Shoulders is shampoo for your hair. He replies to me. “It says, Head and Shoulders.” I give him this confused look and leave the bathroom, as I was done.
Have you ever thought “I can’t do this” and why?
I definitely have moments when I get overwhelmed with being a mom and want to quit. LOL! With my kids being older, it does not happen as often as when they were younger. When my daughter was born she had a brachial plexus injury and required physical and occupational therapy. It was a lot for me and even with the support of my husband and mom, it was too much for me. The experience definitely taught me how to ask for help and not always need to be a SUPER MOM.
What advice would you give to your younger Mom self?
Things will not always go as planned. Your kids will not be perfect. Everyone is making mistakes with their kids and their life. Be kind to yourself, you are AWESOME! Remember to LIVE every day to the fullest with those you LOVE, and LAUGH as often as you can.
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