Family: Brendyn Thorneycroft (B.J) 11 Eden Thorneycroft 9 and our dog Rosie
What are some of the biggest ways being a parent has changed you?
Being a parent made me a stronger person- I never realized how strong I was or what I was able to overcome until I had no other options. I have also definitely become more patient, learned to enjoy the little things, and appreciate every moment.
What have been some of your favorite moments as a parent?
My favorite moments are the teachable moments. I love being able to see that they are growing into their own people and establishing their own ideals and values and I’m learning who they will become.
What are some of the biggest challenges of being a parent?
One of the biggest challenges for me is just wondering, am doing this right? Am I making the right decisions? Luckily I have a strong support system of family and friends. I strongly believe that “it takes a village to raise a child” and I have an awesome village.
What is one piece of advice you wish you would have received before becoming a parent?
I think that I would have liked to known that no one knows what they’re doing! There is no “right” way to parent. Every child and every family looks different, just figure out what works for yours and do that.
You also do stand up comedy, when and how did you start doing that? Have your kids ever watched you perform?
I started stand up right before my son was born. I started going to comedy shows and was told I should give it a try. Once I did I was in love with it! I have done some shows where my kids have been able to come and watch and it’s always so fun to be able to share that with them, of course they are mentioned often in my set and they think it’s hilarious because its usually based on things that have really happened.
Anything else you think readers would want to know about you?
I think it’s such an amazing thing that a “regular” mom like me, who is a single mother just living life doing what she has to do and, like most moms, often questions this journey we are on, can be recognized and told you’re doing a good job. It really means so much and in the future when I am questioning myself or not feeling so secure as a parent, I can refer to this magazine.
By Megan Feighery