Ongoing Series #MomsWhoShine Tara Michener

#MomsWhoShine is a series about moms who have some kind of talent.  The series was inspired by Dad of Divas Dads in the Limelight.  

This week we are featuring Tara Michener, a Metro Detroit Author, who founded “Professionals Against Bullying” & “Students against Bullying”.  She is also owns Michener Associates Counseling Center and so much more.  

Tell me about yourself. (For our fans, please
share what makes you shine)
I am a mom of 1 boy who happens to be one, an
author and I am a counselor who operates a private practice. Professionally I
speak a lot at conferences, seminars and I go to schools on a regular basis and
present author presentations. Personally I  love to spend time with people. I am
that lady who is always at a coffee shop fitting in special time with those I
care about. Recently I began making time to focus on my gratitude journal. It
has been eye-opening to see how many great things are wrapped in to an ordinary
day. Some of my findings are a peek of sunshine on an otherwise cold day, a
person who stops to open the door for me, even my child saying a new word that
he won’t repeat when prompted.  
Tell me about your family
My little boy is
one. His name is Cannon. He is an energetic little guy who seems to love his new
found mobility. He loves to smile and he enjoys giving people hi-fives. My
husband (my hubistrator) is a full-time mechanical engineer and he loves me a
lot so in his “spare” time he illustrates my books for me (hence the title,
hubistrator). 
What is a normal day in your home like? 
My
home is not so normal but we are building the best routine we can with what our
lives allow. Typically my husband will get Cannon up and have some fun time with
him (which varies from play to reading to a quick view of Daniel Tigers
Neighborhood), Husband feeds him breakfast/gets him ready and he either takes
him to daycare or he spends the day with me if I am having a work from home day.
Cannon and I make sure that we pack the day with activities like autumn nature
walks, library visits, bookstore story times, and we are beginning toddler art.
 I just bought egg shaped crayons and learned how to make finger paint (for
those times when I am feeling brave). On work from home days I have a baby
sitter spend a few hours with Cannon and sometimes I get work done during his
naps as well. 
What is the most rewarding thing about being
a mom? baby hugs and kisses are the best. When my little guy smiles at me or
calls me mommy (which he just started doing) I feel very blessed. 
What is your biggest challenge of being a
parent?
 
Balancing work and home. My job is flexible so at times I might be with
clients at night and/or on the weekend and miss a milestone or two. Another big
challenge is keeping things tidy and organized. My home is less than
pristine. 
How do you find balance between being a mom,
working and having time for yourself?
 
I invite friends over to my (less than
pristine) home all of the time for tv times with girlfriends, coffee and dessert
nights, etc. I love any excuse to entertain and I have let go of obsessing about
everything not being in tip top shape. I also schedule exercise time for myself
daily. I have been doing this since March and I have been consistent with my
fitness goals and luckily I have lost 60 lbs. I also schedule coffee dates at
Barnes & Noble because they have a child friendly environment that works for
adults too.   
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned
since becoming a Mom?
 
I get to learn new things every day. I know a lot about
children as a counselor and author that focuses on kids but my own kid is my
greatest teacher and his lessons can not always be found in a textbook. I am a
life-long student at the University of Cannon Michener. 
What is the best advice about being a parent
you have received and who gave it to you?
 
I love mommy blogs, groups  and
articles. Pinterest has been a great giver of advice in terms of activities
& recipes.  

What advice would you give to other moms? 
 This is a hard one. I feel like every mom needs something different because our
kids are so unique to our own families. I guess if I would say something across
the board for a mom I would say, even if it is for a few seconds think about
something funny that your child has done to make you laugh. It softens our
hearts and brings us into the reality that we have a guaranteed person in our
life to make us smile even when we are trying to be serious.

Follow Tara and some of her great organizations: 
Tara Michener (Taramichener) |
Twitter

Tara Michener (erase_bullying) |
Twitter

Facebook: Teen books by Tara
Michener

Facebook: Professionals
Against Bullying

Have a question for Tara?  Please leave a comment below and I will make sure I forward it to her!  
Thank you Tara for taking the time to answer our questions:)  Are you a Mom Who Shines or know a mom who would be great for this series?  Email me their contact info at owner@123child.com

Amber Louchart

Amber is the proud Homeschooling mother to four beautiful children, Damian (23), Rosaleigh (9), Carlyn (6), Naomi (3) and a wife to her loving husband, Chancellor. Her family also includes three cats. She loves being a stay-at-home mom and feels blessed to be able to care for her children full-time and provide them with so many opportunities through Metro Detroit Mommy.

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