Since researching and writing Fearless Feeding, I appreciate the role of motherhood more than ever. Mother influence is powerful. Mothers guide their children, and while this may feel daunting, I point this out to help you appreciate your power and influence, and enjoy your role. It’s truly special.
I enjoyed taking the opportunity to highlight special moms in my life last year, and I’m doing it again this year! I am not in the same place from a year ago (are any of us?), and so much has changed over the year. At this time last year, I had just closed my private practice in Nashville, had been house hunting at least 6 times in CT for our impending move, was trying to sell my house in Nashville, had completed 5 speaking engagements in 5 different states on the topic of childhood obesity and feeding, and was busy finishing the final draft of Fearless Feeding (which was published 2 weeks ago!).
One of the mainstays in my life are the influential moms I have had the pleasure to know and be surrounded by–I’d like to take this moment to highlight a few of them:
My Mom: My mom gave me my sense of fun, the drive to communicate, and a love of food. She always had dinner on the table every night, on time; cooked tasty meals; and took her time to eat with pleasure and enjoyment (you were ahead of your time here, Mom, and sorry for teasing you about being the last one at the dinner table!); for trying a new recipe every week (most of which were liked by all of us)—you were a great feeder and role model. Thank you for shaping my view of food and meals and your persistent faith that everything will work out—I am truly grateful.
My Sisters: My sister Karen, used to start dinner at 3 pm and I thought she was coo-coo! I now see how it helps the evening flow at a relaxed and easy pace. Karen is a great planner and puts a lot of thought and detail into the family meal—she is an inspiration for all home cooks. My sister Angie, shows me how to take life one day at a time, and keep it light, funny and enjoyable.
The Grand-Moms: Both my MIL (mother in law) and my dad’s wife are adventurous with my kids in the kitchen and this has rubbed off (on my kids too). They both value fresh, wholesome food and back up our food philosophy when in our home–a priceless stance for grandparents.
My Old Friend Moms: These are my best buds from college and post-college, who knew me “back when”– I was a naïve mid-Western girl, fun-loving, and a free spirit (I still am, but oh so many responsibilities now and not so naive!). A special shout-out to my dear friend Karla, who just had her 3rd boy at the ripe age of … ahem… mid-to-late forties. You go Girl! My sorority sisters who manage amazing things with family, work, and still manage to keep in touch and have fun.
My Newer Mom Friends: My life today has been further enriched by my “today friends”—these are the women that help me get through the day, help me with my children (especially when I’m single parenting) and provide a model for how to do it all… and still stay nice. I am especially happy to meet new mom friends in my new town, especially my new yoga, book club (s), and golfing friends.
My Colleagues: I am thankful for the professional connections I have made over the years, especially my Fearless Feeding co-author Maryann Jacobsen, my literary agent Lauren Galit, and the women of Jossey-Bass, our publisher. I am fortunate to know Chere, who reminds me of my most important role–mom. And, I am lucky to be influenced, supported and inspired by such a great group of professional dietitian colleagues!
Moms are the backbone of the family, and maybe even our country.
I am patting you on your back today—to say thanks for the role you’ve played in my motherhood and life experience. We all experience and influence each other—my hope is that we take the time to appreciate one another, hold each other up, and help each other out.
Happy Mother’s Day!
Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: May 9, 2013
Updated on: February 13, 2016