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A mother's dream: Oklahoma mothers talk about dreams for their children

Oklahoma mothers talk about dreams for their children
BY AYANNA NAJUMA Published: May 12, 2013

Life is amazing. It appears in many respects that the plan for children at a young age has already been set — goals and aspirations have been laid and the navigators of this journey called life are our mothers: the nurturers, supporters, those that will provide guidance for us when we make our grand entrance on to this planet we call Earth.

My fondest memories of growing up in Oklahoma City were having the love and support of my mother. My mother was like Oklahoma moms of today. She had big dreams and the positive energy that would guide and direct my path. Seeing my mother in the audience at a school program or listening to me practice the piano day after day or to hear her say after I participated in the first sit-in at Katz Drug Store, “I am so proud of you. This took a lot of courage.” All of these things helped make me the woman that I am today.

There is a common goal among this special group of women. They come from different ethnic backgrounds and professions, all wanting the best for their children and committed to raising contributing members of society. Tiffany Hill-Smith is the first lady of Langston University and a practicing attorney. But her most important task is motherhood.

“It is my most important job, and my children always come first,” she said. “I put them at the front of everything. There is never a break, and that is a good thing, because they are my priority.”

Roxana Mendoza, a mother of four who is a marketing and sales professional, believes that one's growth is grounded by their spirituality.

“When God is inside them, everything is OK, and the decisions and choices that children make will be good ones,” Mendoza said. “We are human, everyone will make mistakes; however, it is about recognizing the issue, not repeating it and learning from it.”

Moms are helping their children understand who they are, to respect themselves and to respect others.

As an owner of Collected Thread, Lindsay Zodrow is a part of a community where creativity, self-expression, diversity and acceptance are a normal part of life.

“In today's society, helping children through continuous conversation about life and living, asking and answering their questions is critical to one's growth and development,” Zodrow said. “We find ourselves sheltering our children from the world; thereby creating a level of fear that makes it impossible for them to grow.”

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