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Mom Profile {Tracy Whitney}

Posted by on 04 August 2012 in Featured Posts, MCG Moms, Mom Profiles | 0 comments

Yesterday, Tracy Whitney shared a touching look into an adoptive mama’s heart in The Scar.  Today, learn a little more about our newest ‘mom of the week.’

How many kids do you have? What are their ages and genders?

We have five kids right now. Our oldest two are boys, ages “almost” 18 and 16. Then we have a 13 year old daughter, a ten year old son, and “almost” 5 year old daughter adopted via the Special Needs program in China. We also have another daughter “on the way,” via a second adoption from China’s Special Needs program.

Who do you look up to most as a mommy role-model?

My mother is my main role-model. She has always been the steady, patient, wise “Proverbs 31” woman in my view. She is a good steward with her resources and very generous in sharing what God has given her. And she was a very creative disciplinarian in our home. I must also add that I have had some other amazing mentors along the way, particularly in the first 10 years of my parenting journey that helped mold and shape my parenting style. Wonderful women who also very generously shared their lives and experiences for my benefit.

What is the toy that you’d most like to lose?

Well, I’m certainly not claiming responsibility or anything, but there may have been an incessantly repetitive rhyming book or two that mysteriously disappeared in the early years of parenting. And I think that the kitty-cat keyboard might have to be silenced soon. At least until our next child comes home. Meowing our way through “Mary Had a Little Lamb” has lost its charm.

What is one parent battle you always swore you’d fight but you’ve given up?

Heh. Giving up a parent battle would indicate that I am flexible and capable of seeing the wisdom of “choosing my battles wisely.” Sadly, that is not one of my strengths and so I battle over the most ridiculous things, ridiculously often. However, as a parent to an almost-adult, I am learning (only very recently) that I have to trust what the hubby and I have poured into our kids and “letitgo” a little more often, with more respect for their individual wiring and temperament.

What “parenting” invention couldn’t you live without?

Technology!!! It’s such a great privilege to give your kids and then to withhold from those same kids when looking for creative means of driving home a message about personal responsibility, rights, and privileges. {insert evil Mom laugh here!}  Oh, yeah…. and it’s a great tool for connecting with other parents, particularly with the other adoptive moms who are sharing this journey of parenting an adoptive child. Truthfully, it is a different path than parenting my bio kids and I’m so grateful for the tools that I have access to, thanks to the internet’s wide reach.

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