Jenny Dean Schmidt is my guest on Moms Together today.
I’ve followed her for a while now on www.Channelmom.com but it’s her story that I think is amazing.
She’s honest about her transition from a TV reporter and producer for major television and network affiliates across the US to a stay-at-home mom.
Jenny said that when she first came home to be a SAHM, she felt as if she lost her identity. Not because her new role didn’t matter, but that there wasn’t much value placed on it outside her own family. This led to a bout with postpartum depression, and a struggle to find where she fit.
In the midst of this struggle she became a believer, and that relationship with Christ helped her understand that her identity wasn’t her job, and that she could find value wherever she was, and in whatever task she was doing. That’s when she began to understand the value of a mom.
She had the privilege of shaping a little guy into the heart of a godly man. She could pray for her children. She could teach them. She could help explore the gifts God had placed inside of them. And she could continue to nurture the gifts God placed in her.
She realized that many moms might face the same struggles she once did, which led her to create www.channelmom.com — a blog, ministry, and radio show based in Denver, but aired all over the world. She filled a glaring void in programming and advice and encouragement for moms.
Today ChannelMom continues to grow and Jenny Dean Schmidt loves both her role as mom, and connecting with other moms in the nitty gritty of parenting. She’s developing a call line through ChannelMom for support and encouragement; for example, when a mom is overwhelmed or feels that she might lose it and harm a child. Her desire is not only to let moms know their value, but that they are in this thing called motherhood together.
I hope you’ll join the conversation with Jenny Dean Schmidt and I today over at Moms Together! And if you have any questions for her, we’ll ask them.
I also pray that you understand your value today as a mom. You matter in so many ways. Every act of love. Every sacrificial gesture. Every time you are sleep deprived, or you handle a tantrum, or you keep a child safe, or encourage them — it’s huge and a gift in the life of your child.