I have two

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A few hours at the mall with your family isn’t usually a big deal. But, a few hours out anywhere in public when you’re a “young family” can be…tough. Well it used to be at least.

I had my first son Rylan at 20 years old and just last August my hubby Jake and I welcomed our second son Rhys into the world. Jake and I have been together for 9 years, married for almost 3. Our boys have been our biggest blessings and are the driving forces in our family.

If a stranger were to see me shopping alone, it would probably never cross their mind that I’m actually a married, mom of two. That’s because I am a petit 5’0 who looks 16…I got 21 once but nothing past that. I’m 26. (Almost ha ha) Now some people may say, what are you complaining about? You should consider yourself lucky for looking so young!!

Hmm…Not always the case. I can’t even count the amount of times we’ve gotten stares of dismay and disapproval from people we don’t even know! If there is one thing I’ve learned and have become a witness to, it is that age is just a number. Truth be told, there are people who are considered “adults” among us with children who don’t even know the first thing about being a parent. I’m fully capable of raising my children as much as say a 34 year old with kids. Young parents grow too. They mature too. For some its instant, for others it may take awhile. Basically what I’m trying to say is, age doesn’t restrict parenting abilities. Jake used to say, “Who cares what others think? They don’t know us, we don’t know them.” And he was right. But I’m only human and once upon a time it did bother me, terribly.

Mommies and daddies come in all forms and sizes but we all share one ultimate goal; that is to show our children unconditional love and be their maps to live full purposeful lives. Over the years, I’ve gotten better at ignoring those odd stares. Because I’m a 25 1/2 year old who looks 17 ;). I guess you can say I’m simply growing out of it. Because that’s what people do right? We all grow up. Now, the only looks I care about are the ones my boys give me when they need me. It’s how I know I’m doing a pretty good job as their MOM


Maria Peape

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