BoyMama weekend was encouraging, empowering and FUN!! Kim and Paulette are the "Queens of Nashville Hospitality!!” You will feel loved and connected the moment you walk into the door. They create a warm, beautiful environment, cook delicious food, share their love of story, music, and laughter.
For me, the weekend away energized me to “begin again” with my boys. I realized that I was living as a distracted, disconnected, and sometimes angry mom when it came to really understanding my boys who were 8 and 12yo- emotionally, spiritually, physically, and mentally. Most days, I felt out-numbered and left out when my husband and 2 boys were together. Listening to Kim share about her relationship with her boys and the unique connection each of them had with her- was encouraging and real. She didn’t "sugar coat” her motherhood journey, but she did provide wisdom, humor and practical advice- which I was "drinking in”- for my parched heart longed to connect deeply!
I also loved the session with David Thomas (counselor, author, speaker) who empowered me when he shared that mothers play a VITAL role in the lives of her son- he said that "providing a solid and affectionate relationship with your son gives him the platform of emotional intimacy, relational empathy, and sensitivity he needs to develop mature and secure relationships as an adult." Hearing his words, shifted my perspective from “no role” to a VITAL one- a life-giving one. My presence, my hugs, my driving them all over town to their sporting events, etc- these are the unique roles I have been given as his mom.
I absolutely LOVE being a BoyMama and encourage any mom of a son to attend a BoyMama event if they can. It is an investment that I am so glad that I made a couple of years ago and I am experiencing the benefits today of living intentionally with my two “Wild Things.”
Edie Oakley, RN, BSN, MA
Duke certified Integrative Health coach