THE ANIMAL IN ME.
What is your parenting style? As mothers our parenting styles may vary based on our temperament and personality . Often times our personalities can be compared to animals. Do you now which animal best reflects your personality? A lion? A giraffe? Or is it a dog? Incase you have chosen one animal, can I tell you that as mothers, we all have that animal within us, not one, not two but multiple. I recently brought my son to the Hope Garden and Zoo and I was pleasantly surprised at how many animals depicted my personality. Imagine that !
Knyhiem is an ardent lover of animals. As soon as he sees an animal, he instantly imitates its sound and action. What better place for him to see them in action than at the zoo. So armed with our sunscreen, sunglasses, food, juice, lots of water and of course, my energy for chasing after him, we made our way to the beautiful Hope Garden and Zoo in Kingston, Jamaica.
As soon as we got to the zoo, knyhiem instantly ran to the statue of a lion and imitated its sound.
I couldn’t wait for him to actually go inside the zoo and see the real animals. Oh what a surprise this was going to be for him. For those who know me and have read my blogs, you are quite aware of the fact that I try to let every experience be an educational one for my son. So of course, while at the zoo, he saw the animals and finally associated the letter L that he has been learning about with a real lion, M for monkey and B for bird. He was also engaged in identifying the colors of the various animals he saw and of course he got to count them. Ok, enough chatter, time to see the animals that best represent our momtastic personalities.
I don’t know about you but I am like a zebra. I have earned a different stripe every day, every week, every month and every year as a mother. Motherhood is quite new to me as I have only been a mother for a little over two years. It’s also a learning experience that facilitates the use of my creative skills, patience and dedication which gradually allows me to earn my stripes as I become an expert in motherhood.
I am also like the iguana that’s beautiful in its own way. Most persons find its appearance to be hideous and are afraid to touch or go near it. However, they still see the beauty in it and appreciate it for what it is. Everything about motherhood is beautifully chaotic for me. I see and hear the beauty in every thing about my son. From his crying as a baby and even changing his smelly poopy diapers. My son is a runner who runs at every opportunity he gets. This means I have become a runner myself as I constantly have to chase after him. Occasionally, as soon as I let go of his hand, he would get down on his knees, like the great athlete, Usain St. Leo Bolt and say….. ‘”On your mark, get set, GOOOOOO,” then quickly dash off with me chasing behind him. I tell you, my energy level is fully charged to be able to keep up with my son. For me, THIS is beautifully chaotic.
Motherhood has also highlighted the fact that I’m like an ostrich by nature. I go above and beyond for my son . There isn’t anything in this world that I would not do for him. My son is my main priority. Therefore, I will stick my neck out and go the extra mile for him. This mean that I don’t get to have much of a social life. It’s all about my sonny. But hey, I would not have it any other way.
I am like the blue and gold macaw and parrots that always stick to each other. They are always with their flock 90%of the time. I spend a lot of time with my son. Time is spent reading, playing or even watching television. Therefore, he is never alone. I believe in spending time with my son so that I can be there to model certain aspects of life which not only includes education but also interaction with others and other life- long skills. This is done through providing for him a sense of belonging and support.
While spending time with my son, I help him to clarify or develop his first concepts of relationships as well as provide for him mental models of friendships. I also encourage learning about relationships as well as help him to develop good communication skills. I do all these for my son so that as he gets older, he knows how to communicate effectively both verbally and non verbally with those with whom he comes in contact. Learning about these skills directly and in directly will also enable my son to become the husband that every woman dreams of having, a tender- hearted and responsible father, a productive boss. a reliable friend, the perfect co- worker or America’s greatest president.
My personality can also be compared to that of a Bob cat. I’m very protective of my son. At his age, Knyhiem doesn’t exactly know wrong from right or danger. I have to constantly be there in his life to guide and protect him. My bob cat mama instinct is always intact. I can blow my own horn and proudly state that since having my son, I am most alert. I am always on the lookout if ever the safety of my son is being challenged or about to be .
My super -sharp eyes watch every movement of my child while my super sensitive nose can detect different scents wherever my son is in the house. My keen ears are also now trained to detect and analyse every sound once he is with me – even silence. I find myself doing this even when he is not at home with me. If he is spending the weekend with family and they send me videos of him, I always observe the background and might for example say ” There’s a pen on the sofa. I think you better take it up before Knyhiem gets a hold of it.” sometimes I might even call them and remind them of safety procedures to follow. I know they often find it annoying but hey, sorry. I’m just trying to protect my SONshine.
I think I am a lioness……..rrrrrroarrrrrr. Every aspect of learning starts within the home so I make myself available to foster such learning for my child. His future is highly dependent on how I groom him. Therefore, as he gets older and interacts more with the wider society he will not be confused. As my child grows older and passes through life’s stages, I want to be his confidant. The person who he can rely on even though I might scold him and then in the same breath encourage, strengthen and motivate him. As a mom, I was made to be strong and ferocious while being gentle and nurturing. One thing is certain, I will always be there for him.
Have you been able to match which animalistic personality you posses as a mother? If not, don’t worry. There are other animals in the world that you are like. Below are other animals that we saw at the zoo that might match your personality. I have also shared highlights of our trip.