One night a few years ago…when I was having a rare and wonderfully deep sleep, I had a vivid dream. In my dream I was Mary Poppins. I wore the hat, carried that fantastic magic purse and was strolling along using the umbrella as a walking stick. Suddenly, I–or me as Mary Poppins–found herself signing up to study Pediatric Medicine online. I woke up with a jolt and sat up in bed, horrified. You see, dreams will sometimes mean something to me. I find God will use dreams to direct me, share thoughts, or reveal my emotions to me. In fact, a few years before I had prayed that God would start speaking to me in dreams. And He had.
Now I was petrified. Here I was with three young children. Had I missed my calling? Was I supposed to become a pediatrician? How could I have missed this? How would I accomplish this? There was simply NO way. It was 4am and I was wide awake, my heart racing. I just could not wrap my heart around the “how” of this. How would I quit what I was doing and spend 4 years in Medical School? When I was a young child I had dreamed of becoming a doctor…but that was so long ago. After a few minutes of frantic thoughts my spirit began to settle down, and after about 20 minutes it began to dawn on me that maybe this wasn’t a dream about me becoming a pediatrician. Relief flooded my heart. Okay…this dream is more symbolic in nature. That works for me. In fact, that just feels right.
So…I spent a few weeks sitting on that dream and ruminating on it, much like a bird sits on an egg or like a cow chews the cud. And before long a very beautiful, clear and–most importantly–fitting vision emerged. Mary Poppins was THE superhero nanny. She saved the day. She knew all the answers. She knew the right questions to ask. She was like a doctor for moms and dads who had challenges with parenting. She provided prescriptions for problems. Answers for questions. THIS is what I needed to create online. A place where moms and dads can come and find simple, easy, practical and quick answers to their parenting problems. Voila!
When this puzzle coalesced in my mind, I immediately knew I had to call this online community Mommy Medicine. It sounded great. And it was going to be prescriptions for moms who had specific questions and problems related to all things parenting. I was so relieved that I would not be studying Pediatric Medicine for years!! This would be so much better!
So, what will you find on Mommy Medicine?
Ironically, you won’t find much about actual medicine. But you will find lots of practical tips from many moms who have “been there” and “done that”. How Do I Get my Baby to Sleep Through the Night? How Do I Get My Kids to Eat Their Veggies? What Do I Do if My Child Throws a Tantrum in the Grocery Store? These are just the beginning…
If you don’t find a question that is answered, please reach out and ask us the questions. We will find a mom–or two or three or four–who have the answers and will get them out there for you to benefit from. Mommy Medicine is a collective effort, a community of moms (and dads) helping other moms (and dads). Please be sure to reach out with your ideas, your input, your questions and your comments. We look forward to walking this parenting journey alongside you!
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