Kati McCormick is the 2012 Mom Congress Delegate for Maine. She is a mom of 5 boys that has been volunteering at her boys’ schools since her first son entered Head Start. Her experience in Head Start’s Parent Group and Policy Council readied her to be an active, confident, involved parent, prepared for her kids to enter Kindergarten, and beyond. Having recently moved from the small town where she and her husband were raised, to the “big city,” Kati went from being the-mom-in-the-know to the newcomer. She’s eager to meet her community members, build relationships, and continue to assist in her children’s education, as needed. When people say to Kati, “I don’t know how you do it,” (it being raising 5 boys), she replies, “I do all the same things you do, momma, I just pass out a few more sandwiches at lunchtime.” Her secret weapons? Excedrin and chocolate.
What book is currently on your nightstand? Before this summer, there hadn’t been any! I’ve not read a book that wasn’t a baby board book (complete with drooly teeth marks) since the twins were born. But this summer, I’ve utilized my library card in our new city and have enjoyed fun parenting selections, such as Even June Cleaver Would Forget the Juice Box by Ann L. Dunnewold. I am looking forward to Sh*tty Mom: The Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us arriving. I’ll delve into deeper topics and novels once school starts.
One thing that is going great in education in your state: The people. Maine people are great and Maine teachers are EXTRAORDINARY!
One thing you wish could be improved in education in your state: I’m sure this answer has been given a lot: funding—or lack thereof. I’d also LOVE to see a greater presence of PTA in Maine at the state level. We could use Indiana as an example. I am in awe of their work out there!
Secret indulgence: Mom blogs, chocolate, and the occasional margarita—sometimes all at once! I also enjoy nights out with friends and solo trips to Target. Target is my happy place.
Favorite subject in school (and why): I was a number cruncher in school. Loved all math, except calculus—blech! It was just dreadful! I also enjoy business and took a couple of independent-study Accounting classes in high school. Nowadays, I wonder if I’d be able to count past 5...that’s how many little boy heads I have to count at the pool!
Biggest wish for your kids: I wish them all health and happiness, success and love. I want them to never settle and always do what’s best. I want them to be good citizens, to hold doors for people, to believe and to dream. And someday, I wish them to bless us with many grandbabies that I can spoil and send home. Just not until they’re like 30, m’kay?
Most rewarding/challenging stage of parenthood thus far (and why): The most challenging stage has been my oldest getting, well…older. We’ve come to the point where it’s time for momma to start loosening the reigns a bit and allow him to be the great kid that he is. Letting go is the hardest part of parenting. It goes against everything we’ve done thus far as Moms.
Minivan or SUV: I loved the legroom of the SUV, but prefer the gas mileage of our minivan, by FAR!
Favorite family tradition: We leave energy drinks for Santa, but my favorite is every Father’s Day we venture down to Canobie Lake Park in NH. We’ve been doing it for a few years now (it’s MUCH easier now without the triple-WIDE stroller!), enjoy the rides and the fun (and the free admission for dads!). We are there until they shut the lights out, every year.
Favorite family activities: Anything in, near, or on the water makes my boys happy. I enjoy sharing new places and adventures throughout our great state. We don’t do the typical touristy things (well, besides lobster!), but I hope one day they’ll look back on all the neat places that we tried and reminisce about things I might have missed while I was shooting one of their siblings “the look.”