Sarah and I taped our second podcast today to promote our forthcoming book. Woop Woop!
Afterwards, we stood in the break-room of Studio Americana in our matching black Hole Truth windbreakers and grinned, half-relieved and half-thrilled that we actually pulled it off.
Truth be told, forty-five minutes earlier, we nearly scrapped the Podcast. Let’s just say our vision wasn’t 100% in synch. Sarah wanted to lead with our Mom Cred, and I was clinging to my professional, neuropsychy voice – the one that name-drops about the frontal lobe.
So, there we were, two determined women at a cross-roads who wanted desperately to tell A Hole Truth, but sort-of felt like beating each other up.
Stop laughing. I realize it would have been an extremely uneven fight, but that’s not the point.
The point is, we sucked it up, found common ground, and put our best foot forward. Then, for nearly an hour we talked and laughed about friendship, holiday gender-traps we fall into, the price our kids pay when we don’t let them fail, and how secure our kids feel when we say no and mean it.
Put Your Best Foot Forward, My Dear
Here’s the take-away for me, which seems like a teachable moment for kids.
There are many times in life where we aren’t too sure of ourselves.
We may feel like we’re not prepared enough. Or good enough or knowledgeable enough to take the next step towards reaching our goals. And we may want to hide behind our titles or our expertise. We may insist we’re right.
But here’s the deal.
If we keep plugging along as adults, trying new things, building new skills, forming new friendships, and making things right when they go wrong, that’s Mom cred.