I was born and raised in Arkansas and have lived in the capital city, Little Rock, for the majority of my life.
What language(s) do you speak?
Southern English. It’s definitely a language of it’s own!
When did you first become a mother?
At 22, I gave birth to my oldest son, Isaiah Rashaan. A year and a half later, my second son, Elijah Daniel, spent 24 days with us before he left this world. In 2001, my last boy, Caleb Daniel, completed our little family.
Are you a stay-at-home mom or do you work?
For most of my motherhood years, I have worked outside of the home. Currently, I work full-time as a Human Resource Specialist for a large manufacturer and pursue my college Bachelor degree full time, too.
Why do you blog/write?
Sadly, I don’t even know that I should be answering this question because due to my busy schedule, I no longer keep a personal blog. These days, my writing consists of a monthly contribution to World Moms Blog and papers that I write for school. However, my love of writing goes back to my youth. It’s the one artistic avenue where I have a tiny bit of talent!
How would you say that you are different from other mothers?
It’s hard for me to admit this but for the most part, I have been anything but a “good” mother. Unfortunately, I spent far too many years invested in alcohol, drugs and men. As a single parent, many times I left the mothering up to my mother while I searched for myself. In addition to passing most of the early years in a haze, there was also a stint in federal prison that took me from my children. However, that was my bottom; my literal life saving moment.
My children are older now and my life has changed in so many ways for the better. They know that I am not perfect and that every decision has a consequence. I am not ashamed of my past, and I appreciate that it brought me to this much better place of mothering.
What do you view as the challenges of raising a child in today’s world?
As a white woman raising two biracial boys, I find the biggest challenge is teaching them to love themselves unconditionally. Since this is something that I struggled with for many years, I don’t want them to travel my path. Living in the deep South is not always the most accepted place for interracial relationships/biracial children, so that they are Ok with who they are is a big deal to me.
How did you find World Moms Blog?
Through my dear friend, Kirsten Doyle, who was one of the first writers for the blog.
What do you like best about writing for World Moms Blog?
I only have to write about once a month. 🙂
Do you have a question for Margie?
Margie Bryant can be found on Twitter @TheHunnyB.
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