Mindy McNally is a mom to four kids Tyler 13, Peyton, 9 Madilynn, 8 and Olivia, 2. She is also the very happy wife to her best friend Aaron. She lives in a small town in Indiana where her kids enjoy a beautiful school, clubs, and sports. Currently she is living at the ballpark while three of her kids play softball and baseball. As a former elementary teacher and Family Program Director for the YMCA, she has a lot of creative fun ideas she will share with you all in her future blog, Growing Great Kids. She enjoys tending to her many houseplants, catching up on her favorite TV shows, listening to books, and cuddling her dog and cat. Most of all Mindy loves being with her husband and kids by experiencing new places both near and far.
What is the best moment you have had as a mom?
That is such a difficult question! I have had so many good moments! One of my favorite moments was when we found out the sex when I was pregnant with my fourth baby. We had all gone to the ultrasound together as a family. The kids were so curious about the whole procedure and asked so many questions. The technician was so great and explained everything. The moment when she said we were having a girl, two little girls were ecstatic and one boy was a little disappointed. He wanted a little brother so bad but now his has the best relationship with his little sister so he has different feelings now!
Advice you can give to other moms.
It’s okay to not be perfect. Your best is good enough. We all strive to do our best, but the problem begins when we feel like our best isn’t good enough. Your kids remember the fun times! Communication is the key to a great relationship. Regardless of how much your child does or doesn’t talk to you, communication is about much more than the number of words that come out of your child’s mouth. It’s about being actively involved in their interests. My last piece of advice is to date your kids individually. This can be difficult, especially with a bigger family like mine. I try to take my kids with me one on one to the stores, running errands, or doing something they really enjoy. Every child needs to feel important, and one of the best ways to spend time with each of them individually. I use this time to communicate and learn about their interests.
What is the scariest part about being a mom?
The scariest thing about being a mom is your child hurting or being sick and you not being able to help them. Peyton suffered from PFAPA (Periodic Fever Syndrome) when she was 4. Going through the diagnosis and the treatment was a rough time. She was so sick. Every month her fever would spike to 104-106 and that’s when things get really scary. That complete feeling of helplessness as nothing seems to bring your child’s temperature down. She had surgery and a few more episodes in the coming months. She is now 5 years clear of her Syndrome and is doing very well. The other scary moments of motherhood many moms experience: the fear of your child getting hurt. The worry. Undergoing surgery, gone in 5 seconds, school shootings, choking, high fever, drowning, home alone for the first time. Moms have a lot of scary moments in their lives!
Tell us a story about motherhood:
True story, while in labor with my fourth child, my sister kept me entertained by speed walking the hallways of the hospital. I was in my gown and we were pumping our arms and speed walking as fast as we could. The nurses were just rolling in laughter. When I go back to my room, I did jumping jacks to try to get that baby to come out. She was taking her sweet time!