• Jessica Fountas

Interview with Northern Westchester Moms

I had an exciting opportunity to connect with Northern Westchester Moms to discuss what it means to Parent with Presence and to Mother from the Inside Out. Check out the interview to learn more about me and the community work I'm doing.

Here's a snapshot of one of the questions in the interview:

Northern Westchester Moms: Why was it important for you to create this?

Jessica Fountas: Parenting is the biggest commitment we make in our lives. We are relational beings; everything we do stems from our relationships and the parenting relationship is one we participate in for a lifetime. Because of this, I think it’s incredibly helpful to have resources and support along the parenting journey.

I have found that parents can easily describe the type of parent they don’t want to be but they have difficulty defining the parent they do want to be. I like to help parents position themselves from a place of informed decision making rather than simply defaulting to what was modeled for them as children by their own parents. When our children are born, we aren’t given an instruction book on parenting, it’s a lot of trial and error. It’s important to me that parents feel equipped and that they have the capacity to choose how they want to be in a relationship with their children and family.

COVID forced most of us into various levels of disconnection and isolation. Living with great uncertainty for such an extended period of time caused a collective sense of anxiety. New parenting is also a time of uncertainty and anxiety. I wanted to bring connection back into parenting. Being in community is not only helpful, it’s also incredibly validating and freeing to listen to others share their parenting experiences. Hearing about other people’s thoughts, worries and questions normalizes our own parenting concerns and challenges. Connecting with people who are sharing a similar journey gives us an opportunity for deeper reflection and more thoughtful and intentional behaviors.

By offering parents education, communication tools and a place to be vulnerable with each other, I help parents feel more present and that’s what we want more than anything — to feel like we can connect deeply with the people we care about the most.

I hope you take a moment to read the article. Reach to me if you have any questions. I'd love to hear from you.


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