As I said, my hope is to help you learn from those first chaotic days of mothering (and beyond!) how to be mindful of your well-being and achieve peace within, while teaching your children the same.
I am Elizabeth Hughes-Callison, I live deep in the corn and soybean fields of Central Illinois, Decatur to be exact, right next to cornfields. I spent 32 years in corporate America working out of a cubicle, and I watched mothers struggle to keep a balance between working and family. In 2012 I decided it was time for me to come home and I started EHC Business Services from my home where I helped people start a small business, doing the bookkeeping, payroll, and all the boring stuff.
I have worked with Single Mothers below the poverty line who are trying to do it all. I know how important parenting is, along with the struggle. I have always had a passion for relationship building, parenting and seeing children given the opportunities to become the adults they were meant to become. I knew when Parenting Peacefully came up for sale it was for me.
When I say mothers, it can mean anyone, men, and women. I never wanted to be a stay at home mother, but most of my friends did. I know my struggles with being able to get my work done and get my child to the doctor’s office, Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts, Church Choir, and so forth. I had support from my husband, and it took me many years to realize how unusual that was.
It was around 1995 that my life changed, I saw how it affected my children. I struggled then to raise happy, peaceful children and I continue today to try to have a happy, peaceful life by taking care of myself. Read more here about those struggles.
I have been married to my husband and partner in crime Randy for 35+ years, and we have four children: our oldest John and his beautiful wife Alysia and our youngest Elizabeth (Leigh) and her wonderful partner Brian. They have finally left our house for good, and are successful adults, which was the goal.
“What do these people with strong relationships, parents with deep connections to their children, teachers nurturing creativity and learning, clergy walking with people through faith, and trusted leaders have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.”