Mentor Spotlight: Rachael
How long have you been a Nurture® Program mentor?
What makes the Nurture® Program so special?
I always tell my mentees that I wish I had this program when I was a new mom! I was 19 years old, alone, and feeling a lot of pressure to just “know” how to be a mom and I didn’t know. I suffered emotionally and mentally as a result. As soon as I heard NurturePA’s mission, I knew I had to be a part of it because I believe all moms should be not only supported but deeply cared for in those early years after having their little one.
What is your favorite part about being a Nurture® Program mentor?
My favorite part of being a NurturePA mentor is letting moms know they need to allow themselves grace while parenting. It’s hard work! I hope I’m able to give new moms a non-judgmental and experienced “friend” to come to for advice, acceptance, and to remind them they are doing great even when they don’t feel they are.
Tell us about a time when you feel like you made a positive impact on the life of a mom and her new baby.
Honestly, I can’t pick one. I hope to always help in some small way and at the same time, I never feel as though I’m doing enough. Parenting truly takes a village and I’m honored to be a part of that village.
Tell us a little bit about yourself (could be about your career, your family or your hobbies and interests).
I have been a teacher for 14 years and a personal wellness consultant. I have three children, ages: 10, 12, and a 22-year-old recent college graduate. I thrive in the warm weather, although my husband will never move from the burgh. Although I love wellness, nutrition, and exercise, my main focus in life has been to curate an environment for my children where they always feel loved, accepted, and safe. Over the years, we’ve developed the family motto that, everything in life should be done with kindness and love, but we regularly forget and work in progress!