Every Family Has a Story

Candice Lightbourne

I grew up in the Bahamas where there was more of a sense of community within the islands. I wasn't just raised by my mother. I had the love of my grandparents, the discipline of my uncles, the care of my aunts and the advice of a few trusted neighbors and friends of the family. It was really a village. But living in the United States and raising children here without a support system has proven to be a very challenging experience.

 

For years I had lost my way and allowed the pressures of everyday life to control the way I parent. I found myself becoming more and easily frustrated, screaming at my children sometimes beating them out of anger, alienating them when I punished them. My way of parenting wasn't raising the children I wanted to raise they just learned how to lie better and how to hide things from me. It was destroying my relationship with them. I fell in love with the Parenting On Purpose class the first time I took the class. During the 9 weeks every week we had a new lesson and every week that new lesson was my favorite lesson. It has reshaped my whole thought process on intentional parenting.

Every Family Has a Story

The Cleft of the Rock Foundation has been an amazing addition to my families life. We have attended many of the events that it has hosted within the last 2 years. The Friendsgiving events are always fun and memorable and I have committed to support this organization financially because I love their vision and their mission. Its founder Latina Newsome has been a mentor and a trusted confidant for years. She has a beautiful heart and she is an amazing parent and her goal to see parents parenting on purpose has touched my heart and my life tremendously. I attended one of the conversations on parenting and it reminded me of growing up in a community. Everyone coming together and bringing a dish as we sit and eat and discussed the challenges we face as parents and find solutions to help us train our children to be responsible adults. This is something I feel like every family should be apart of because it is an investment into their future.

 

Candice Lightbourne