LISA HEIN I’m doing the best that I can.

Lisa Hein tells it like it is.

AGE   59

HOMETOWN   Seminole, FL

ON THE WEB   www.LisaRHein.com

NUMBER OF CHILDREN   One

FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOK   My son is 24 now but his favorite book was ‘Just Gramma and Me.’

DAY JOB   Author of THE BOOK “I’m Doing The Best I Can!” (They won’t always be cute and adorable) and Co-Author of Ready, Aim, Excel; radio talk show host of ‘Everyday Parenting,’ heard on www.RadioEarNetwork.com, Tuesdays at 10:00 am EST; motivational speaker and contributing writer to several magazines and newspapers.

RELATIONSHIP STATUS   Married

HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?

When my son was younger, I was very blessed to have a sister who lived close by. Not being able to have children, she thought my son was her blessing. It was the perfect situation and before long, he thought he was Noah because he had two moms!

HOW HAS PARENTING CHANGED YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL?

I’m no longer ‘Me Me!’

Yes, I’m definitely more aware of things around me and am trying to stay as healthy as I can. To see my son grow up and design his life means the world to me. I now have a ‘grand dog,’ and don’t want to miss the opportunity meeting my grand child when that time comes!

HOW HAS PARENTING AFFECTED YOUR RELATIONSHIP?

There was a lot of stressful times in our life during those high school years, and you ‘expect’ everything and everyone to work together. When you have expectations of how others should handle what’s going on, you tend to get let down.

With that being said, it did some damage to our relationship, but we have almost 21 years under our belts and hope that if nothing more we can remain healthy with one another. The communication is different, his journey is his work and he loves to talk about it all the time. Mine, is more about what’s going on within our extended family and my journey meeting amazing people.

WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AS A PARENT AND WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES?

My strengths are to share the importance of morals and ethics and how being a good person, no matter what, has more of an impact than being a jerk like others. My weaknesses are that I’m a pleaser and made it too easy for him. I gave him the world and he took it. Once that chapter of his life was over, he became 18, he was unprepared and felt frustrated because of all the adult responsibilities he was faced with. He wasn’t prepared for going off to college and being responsible. Very bad trait!

WHAT ARE YOUR PARTNER’S STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES?

My husband is a very hard worker and an amazing provider. He is selfless and always willing to make those around him happy. He never questions me about where his money is or what I do all day. He loves what he does. His communication skills are his weakness. He always wants to talk about what he accomplished today or what he has to do tomorrow. If he’s not talking about work, he doesn’t feel he has anything else to talk about….. Hmmmmm!

WHO ELSE PROVIDES CHILDCARE FOR YOUR CHILDREN?

My sister and sister-in-law watched my son. I’m so grateful that he never had to go to childcare. He loved being around them, so it made it very easy.

WHAT IS YOUR WORST PARENTING MOMENT?

When my son was in high school! We had always been a very close family until he entered 10th grade and for some reason things did a 180 degree turn and left me feeling overwhelmed and unprepared for what roller coaster ride I would remain on for the next three years!

WHAT IS YOUR BEST PARENTING MOMENT?

Knowing that my 24 year old is a good and caring person. He is sensitive and intelligent and when I get the chance to sit down and converse with him, I’m so fulfilled knowing he has educated himself with all kinds of knowledge.

Lisa D

Lisa Duggan is the founder of The Modern Village, and publisher of TheParentduJour.com and TheMotherHoodBlog.com.

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