An interview with Leah Miller Life Coach
What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome in your life?
Growing up as an only child, I dreamt of being the mother of a large family. Well, that dream came true when I was blessed with six children. I felt truly blessed. But there were also days I wanted to escape to a desert island and not interact with another human being.
Raising kids wasn’t as easy as I thought. It was exhausting. On top of that, as an only child, I had never seen parenting up close. I never experienced sibling rivalry or learnt to take care of individual needs.
In addition, the laundry, the meals, the organization. I was completely overwhelmed. After all, I had a college degree! Four years earlier I taught young adults in a prestigious, elite boarding school!
But I didn’t realize and built my dream to have it smashed against the rocks. I was determined to make it work. Through my exhaustion, I read every book I could get my hands on. I read about education, child development, parenting, organization, and time management. I attended a parenting institute and became a parenting instructor. I even wrote a children’s book in the process. And eventually, I got a Master’s in Education.
What are your three top tips to overcome the obstacle?
- In order to survive and thrive, I developed strategies and systems to stay on top of my game. It wasn’t easy but as I became more and more proficient, I grew as a person and passed that on to my children. Thankfully my children are productive and responsible parents building their own families.
2. I found life-saving support through a mentor and a parenting group.
3. Amidst the endless responsibilities, I never let go of my own hopes and dreams. I wanted to use and develop my talents but still maintain a strong emotional connection to my spouse and family. And that’s what I teach moms.