Mom Series :: Tracie Stier Johnson

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I can’t remember exactly how I ‘met’ Tracie. Maybe it was through her site, Tracie Stier Johnson? However I met her, I remember the first thing I was impressed with was her gorgeous photography! Tracie is a single momma with 4 beautiful girls. She has MS, but is anything but a complainer. I love that.

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1. how many kiddos do you have?
I have four daughters — 18, 11, 10, and 7.

2. what’s one thing you do when you want to prove love to your kids?
I make a point of taking time for them. They’ll come to me and say, “I know you’re busy, but …” So as often as I can I try to take that moment to take them by the hand and show them I’m never too busy for them.

3. what’s the best parenting advice you ever received?
Love them well.

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4. fave activity to do with your kids?
Hands down – movie night is my favorite thing to do! We order pizza, pop popcorn {the old-fashioned way — on the stove!}, settle in with our blankets and get lost in a good movie.

5. how do you encourage your kids to talk with you?
I recently had a difficult situation with my 11 year old. I KNEW something was on her mind and bothering her, but she’s not a “talker” and each time I’d ask her, she would tell me everything was okay. I finally brought her into my room and sat down with her. It took every last ounce of patience we had {I think she would’ve rather eaten snails than talk to me}, but after 50 long minutes of gently prodding and reassuring her, she finally broke down and told me what was on her heart. And it was a biggie! After we talked about some solutions to what was bothering her, I took the opportunity to reassure her that I was a safe place to come when something is on her heart. I think our children are afraid we’ll get angry, mad or not take seriously what is on their hearts, that they don’t think it’s worth talking to us about. I want to do everything I can to let my girls know I am ALWAYS a safe place for them.

6. how do you make time for one-on-one time with your kids?
As a single mom, this is very, very hard to do. I have to be intentional about the moments I might have one of them to myself – if the other girls are at playdates or out of the house. I even went so far as granting a Christmas wish on my youngest’s list … a day off of school to spend with mom!

7. if you could only teach your child one character trait, what would it be?
Love always.

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10. fave parenting/mom book?
Ministry of Motherhood by Sally Clarkson

11. what’s the meal you make when you forgot about supper?
Take out.

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Okay, I think I’m gonna have to adopt that fave meal idea…I’m a fan of take-out! 🙂
I love what she said about making it ‘safe’ for her kids to talk with her about anything. That is vital to open communication. Thanks so much, Tracie!

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