Mom-Hack : Practicing Living in the Moment

Written By: Crystal Moungle
On May 24th 2022, twenty-one victims lost their lives in a school shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, TX. We acknowledge the lives lost and pray for the families affected.

Part of the mission of The Black Mama Collective is to provide guidance on this beautiful journey called motherhood and with everything going on in the world his community is needed now more than ever. This is a safe space for all of us to learn, vent, and just be ourselves.

As a parent one of the main concerns you have is your child’s safety. From the moment they make their arrival into the world you wonder how you will protect them, whether it means shielding them from the bad in the world or simply kissing a scrape on their knee. Being overprotective is a natural instinct, but it can cause you to lose sight of the little things that make parenthood so special.

Today I want to discuss actions you can take now to make lasting memories.

1. Take pictures & videos. - As an auntie I love spending time with my nieces, a great way to remember the memories we make is taking pictures and videos. Documenting special moments is so easy now that we have smartphones easily capable of capturing time with our children.

2. Create Lasting Memories- Memories don’t have to be made only on vacation they can be made right in your own backyard. As a child my family couldn’t afford to go on vacations very often but I do remember having memories of spending the summer being outside playing and spending quality time with my family.

3. Make your own Traditions - Creating your own traditions for your family doesn’t have to only be around Christmas and Thanksgiving. They can be created at any time of the year and be unique to your family's lifestyle.

4. Words of Affirmation- In addition to showing your kids love through your actions nothing beats verbally expressing your love. Our kids need to hear that regardless of what mistakes they make nothing can change the love we have for them.

Affirmations to remember:
I am doing my best to provide the safest environment for my children.
Regardless of the chaos around me and my family I still have the courage to live my life.
Cherishing the moments money can’t buy with people that are irreplaceable.

Crystal Moungle is a Charlotte native with a passion for writing poetry and short stories. She began creative writing at the age of thirteen and has been writing ever since. As an auntie of two and godmother, she enjoys empowering those around her through sharing her knowledge and experiences. In addition to creative writing Crystal also enjoys sharing tips for financial literacy and money management tips. Follow her on IG: @CrystalM_theauthor

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