Reality Check: Tamatha Jackson
Take a peek inside the life of local mom Tamatha Jackson and get a glimpse of everyday parenting – from the madness to the mess-ups!
Vital Stats: Tamatha Jackson 39
Instructional Assistant at Idlewild Elementary, 2011 CMS Teacher Assistant of the Year, member of N.C. Association of Teacher Assistants, and cheer/step coach for Right Moves For Youth.
Married to husband Ronald, and mom to MJ, 16, and Jordan, 10, as well as stepson Dyshawn, who lives out of town. The family lives in Southeast Charlotte.
My boys are involved with a lot of activities in school and church, and sometimes I don’t know if I’m coming or going. I take them to soccer, scouting, basketball and friends’ houses, but at least I know where they are, who they are with and what they are doing. I am a firm believer in having your child be exposed to community and school activities.
“Don’t You Dare”:
My teen is constantly testing his boundaries. While I understand teens go through phases, I maintain discipline so things will not get out of hand, and he will become a great adult.
Parenting Rule #1:
Say what you mean and mean what you say. Reinforce the positive to keep a child growing and developing within certain boundaries. I have learned I must follow through on everything I say. When I give MJ and Jordan a consequence and follow through, it usually brings that action to an end. If I don’t follow through, the behavior happens again.
“Clean your room!” I am starting to sound like a broken record. My children know they should clean their room, but they like to hear my lovely voice.