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Boston Moms is proud to feature Larainne Wilson for this “Meet a Boston Mom Monday!” Larainne is a professor, the director of equity and school counseling for a local school district, and the director of faith formation for a local church.
We asked Larainne to share a bit about herself. Get to know her here!
Full name: Larainne Wilson
Occupation: I’m an educator/administrator in various settings.
Children: My wife and I have six children. We are a big, blended, and sometimes boisterous family. We have a set of 7-year-old twins, a set of teenagers (16 and 18), and a set of young adults (26 and 30!). Two of our children are transgender. Five of the six children live at home with us, as our oldest moved out last year.
Hometown: I live in Georgetown.
What has surprised you most about motherhood? How absolutely consuming it is! When I met my wife I went from zero to four children overnight. Less than two years after we were married we had twins. So then I went from four to six overnight! We have to remember to center our relationships.
Tell us about your work/job: I am a school counselor by background, training, and education. However, I currently hold three amazing jobs that I love! I work full time as the director of equity and school counseling for a district in the north central region of MA. I work part time as the director of faith formation for a small Boston-area UCC church, and I am currently teaching a summer course on learning difference at a local college.
What part of your work is most fulfilling? I love helping new professionals grow and learn in the field of education. I love connecting families to services that can help them, and I enjoy seeing children making progress in school with the support that is offered. To sum it up: learning, growing, connecting, and making progress! In my district, I am most excited about the work we are doing regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.
As an educator, what is one thing you wish you could tell other moms? It’s OK to need help. It’s OK to reach out. Perfection is elusive and unrealistic. Your child’s teachers, counselors, and administrators are folks who can be resources in times of need.
How has being an educator impacted your parenting? There are times when it is hard to take the advice with your own children that you find yourself giving to others, and sometimes that makes me feel terrible! However, I have found it helpful to try to hold good boundaries between my work life and my home life. My profession definitely helps me to brainstorm strategies with my spouse for how we might handle situations. It has also taught me that there is always more than one perspective — my children have one perspective, I have another, and the adults that support them at school have yet another. They are all valuable, and I try to let other educators do what they are good at and keep my “mom” hat on when interacting with them.
What advice would you give to a mom who is struggling to feel connected to her community? Finding “our people” is so important. I think the beauty of social media is that we can connect with local parent Facebook groups. Looking at local town pages, seeing who is posting about things that matter to you or interest you, and then messaging those folks can be a great strategy. The key is finding common interests and then reaching out! Lots of moms get isolated in motherhood and are living their lives through their children. Although some of that is expected, you are still someone apart from the identity of “mother.” If you nurture those parts of yourself, that will pay dividends for your children! You are also modeling to them that when they become parents, they don’t have to sacrifice everything else.
What is one piece of advice you’d offer to another working mom? Car time is YOU time! Your car can be your dance floor, your voice studio, your classroom — you decide how to use it!
What is your favorite kind of self-care? Aside from all the things I do to make my car my very own space, I try to make time to have regular dates with my wife, which nurtures our relationship and makes us better parents!
Who inspires you? My fellow twin moms, moms of neurodivergent children, and moms of LGBTQ children inspire me to bring my best and highest self to all the settings I am in — the office, the classroom, the home. We all have juggles and struggles, but when life hands you cards you didn’t expect, things change — sometimes forever. I hope folks see me as someone who will travel with them both personally and professionally.