I was born with congenital hearing loss.
Catherine McGuire Worley is a mom of two boys, Certified Nurse Assistant and was born with congenital hearing loss.
She learned sign language and how to read lips during her early childhood years.
Thanks to the House Institute in Los Angeles she received a cochlear implant in December of 2016.
The surgery was a success and improved her hearing immensely. She is excited to hear the sounds of life and to engage in conversations without relying on a hearing aid and reading lips.
What I do well as a mom.
I support my sons’ hobbies and interests, make time to learn about them and sometimes participate. One of their hobbies is riding mountain bikes. Although I am divorced from their dad, I stress how important it is for my sons to spend time with him. I have created a good balance of sharing my children’s time with their dad. I’m also good about not pressuring myself to be a 24/7 parent or feeling guilty about giving myself well-deserved “me” time.
What I learned from another mom.
After my second son was born I tried to create a consistent eating and sleeping schedule for him. But all I did was upset myself. I called my sister and cried as I told her about how the schedule wasn’t working for my son or me. She said I didn’t need to put him on a schedule, just to feed him when he was hungry and let him sleep when he was tired. Her advice worked and helped me get through a tough time.
Lesson learned from my child.
I was so busy trying my best to raise and discipline my two sons that I forgot they are human too.
My kids taught me to stop and listen.
The boys also taught me to treat them, as I would like to be treated by other people.
Successful motherhood moment.
After my oldest son told me about a first date he had with a girl, I was surprised and humbled that he had asked me for advice. The date was on the Friday night, before Thanksgiving. On Sunday he texted me and wanted to know what to write in a text message and how to ask her if she’d like to go out on a second date. He also wrote that he didn’t want to appear to be needy and over anxious. I suggested he ask her if she’d like to get together after Thanksgiving.
He replied, “Thank you, mom. You’re the best!”
Mom I admire.
My mom Pat MacGuire.
She raised seven children and never favored one child over the other. Nor did she treat any of us worse than the other.
When we arrived home from school she spent tireless hours in the kitchen to make sure we ate a healthy meal. She had a calm, friendly personality and through her actions taught us how to not worry about things we couldn’t control. She also possessed a tremendous amount of patience and warmed our hearts with lots of motherly love. I also admire the family values she modeled for us.
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