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Meet Miriam!

Nov 26, 2018 | Meet A Mom

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This week’s mom is a bit of a known name locally!  If you haven’t already ‘met’ Miriam Conner via her podcast aParentlySpeaking, you’ve probably seen her picture in local copies of Northeast Ohio Parent magazine, advertizing for it! We’re really excited to feature Miriam this week for Meet-a-Mom Monday and we hope you enjoy getting to know her a little better!   Check out our interview with her below.

 

Where’d you go to school & what’s your current profession?

Aurora High School, Judson University (BA), Ashland University M.A.Ed.. I have been teaching for 23 years and the last 14 have been online. I am currently teaching high school online and I am also a realtor for Howard Hanna in Aurora. I am lucky enough to be the host of “aParently Speaking”- Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine’s podcast.

 

Where do you live today and how long have you lived in this area?

We lived on the west side for 10 years and although I loved my time there and met many wonderful people, I always wanted to move back to the east side. We were able to move back 11 years ago and settled on Aurora. I love being back in my hometown and it has been an amazing place to raise my kids.

 

How many children do you have & what are their ages?

I have three kids- my oldest daughter Callie is 15, my son Coby is 12 and my youngest daughter Carlie is 8. They are more fun and amazing than I ever could have dreamed, and they keep us hopping with all of their activities.

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Ryan and I also have an English mastiff (Trip – he weighs 220 lbs!) and a Goldendoodle – Ruby – who seems so small to us now!

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What are some of your favorite things about Northeast Ohio?

I love the people. I have met so many amazing people and NE Ohio people are so friendly and encouraging of each other. We look out for each other and each other’s kids. I also love all of the great things that we have to do. We have access to so many wonderful parks, museums, theatre, sports.

 

What’s one thing people would be surprised to know about you?

My secret dream jobs are a stand-up comedian and talk show host, but if you know me then that would not be that surprising.

 

Please tell us about your community involvement – a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or business – how do you rely on the women of Northeast Ohio?

I am honored to be a board member for the Aurora City Schools. I love representing and supporting the students, parents, teachers and community in this way. I also think it is important for women to hold these types of leadership positions and to be able to bring their perspectives.

I am also a realtor with Howard Hanna in Aurora. This has been a new learning experience for me and my broker has been a huge support and resource. She has been so encouraging and such a great leader.

I am the host of “aParently Speaking” Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine’s podcast. I love hosting this podcast. I have a huge passion for parenting and it helps that I love to talk! I have been able to meet so many great people and parents and I am able to talk about so many different topics related to parenting. I hope that the podcast is an encouragement and resource for parents.

I have had so many women of NE Ohio show me their support and that means so much to me.

My community experience has been so positive. We have such a home town feel in Aurora and in NE Ohio in general, and we look out for each other and our kids. I have met some amazing parents in my community and in Northeast Ohio. We do have to look out for and support each other. We all have something to give and things to learn. We have all had struggles and victories. It is OK to ask for help! I am able to meet so many people due to the podcast that I would not normally have, and I look forward to many more!

 

What’s your proudest accomplishment?

My biggest accomplishment would be my kids. They are turning out to be such special people even despite of my mistakes.

 

What was your biggest failure?

I don’t think of things as a failures because like everything, I think you can turn it around and learn from them and grow and I also don’t keep track or dwell on those things. Don’t get me wrong, I have made plenty of mistakes, but I do not let those define me.

 

What’s the one thing you’re most passionate about?

Parenting. It is the most important job. If you are going to do it, then do it right! Not perfect, but the best that you can. Every.Day.

 

Can you give us one pearl of wisdom, the one thing you wish more people knew?

A friend of mine said that he gets to be a dad, not has to be, but he gets to. I wish all parents felt this way. It is a privilege and an honor. Don’t waste it.

 

If you could encourage more people to take action in some way, what would it be?

Spend as much time with your kids as you can. It does not look the same for everyone, and that is OK, but as much as you can. Put down the screens and be together. I would also encourage parents to know what their kids are doing on their screens and monitor that and the amount of time they are spending. It is OK if they are mad at you about it. I tell my kids when they are the mom and dad then they can decide those things. Guess what- even though they may not love it at the time, they tell me they will do the same!

 

Last question – is there anyone special you’d like to thank for helping you through parenthood?

For sure my husband Ryan! We have been married for almost 27 years (weird I know- I look so young LOL). He is such an excellent dad and he loves spending time with our kids and has been great all the way through- birth to now! I always knew I could leave him in charge and not have to worry and he never called with dumb questions every two minutes haha. He also never thinks of it as helping which is good since I would kill him if he did. He coaches all their teams, plays dress up, tea party, builds Legos, wrestles, builds the best forts, and truly loves his family. Don’t tell him I said all this haha.

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