Hello, I’m Jen, a Gen X Mom trying to survive parenting in the 21st Century. As such, I’m a helicopter parent! Motherhood is the greatest adventure and blessing of my life. I believe children are a gift from the Lord. Thank you, God, for my children.
I was blessed with my first child, Juliette, in 1997. I lost two babies in separate miscarriages before the birth of my son, Sullivan, who miraculously came along in 2005. Despite all odds, our family was completed in 2007 with the birth of my baby girl Bridgette.
Classic Gen X Mom and Helicopter Parent
My experience in motherhood is reflective of my generation, Generation X. I waited until I was older to have kids, which is one of the things that makes me a classic Gen X mom. After I graduated from college, all I could think about was paying down student loan debt. I was almost 30 when Juliette was born and almost 40 when Bridgette came along. Most significantly, I’m a helicopter parent and (mostly) proud of it! Is there anything else for a mother to be in the 21st Century? It’s crazy out there.
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My husband Robert is Catholic and I am Protestant, but more importantly, we are both sinners saved by grace. We strive to live out our faith every day by following the teachings of Jesus. We often fail, as people do, but with the Lord’s help we keep trying.
My father was a Nazarene minister and I grew up in a parsonage and attended a Nazarene university. I often miss those little country churches and the people and the hymns. But, I go to Catholic Mass every week, now, and I’ve learned to love and appreciate it very much.
Like every Gen X mom I know, I value work-life balance. I am willing to make almost any sacrifice to be able to maintain flexibility in my career — position, recognition, money. My kids mean everything to me.
Over the last 20 years, I’ve worked as a public relations practitioner and served as spokesperson for several agencies. I earned my accreditation (APR) in 2006. These days, I do a lot of writing, editing, content management, administration, marketing and social media. I’ve even taught myself how to build websites.
Work-life balance is challenging and a portfolio career can make you crazy, but I don’t complain. I get to pick my kids up from school every day. I am home during the hours law enforcement refers to as the danger zone: 3-6 p.m.
It was not always this way. All of my kids went to daycare at 6 weeks of age. Dropping off my babies with strangers was very difficult and I missed out on a lot. So, these days I cherish it all. I love being awakened at 4 a.m. with a whisper, “Mommy, I need a drink of water.” I love talking about college choices with Juliette.
Are you a Gen X Mom? Helicopter parent? What makes you different from Baby Boomer or Millennial moms?