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An Open Letter To Parents Who Are Just “Too Busy”

Updated: Apr 27, 2020

(This is a guest post by Isis Spann, an educational coach determined to prove that “high poverty can equal high performance when we engage more with families.” She is a founding delegate of the National Parents Union, FUNdamentals of Learning owner, and author of “Taking the WORK Out Of Homework.”)

“I don’t have time to help with homework.”

“I don’t have time to cook dinner.”

“I don’t have time because I have to work.”

“I don’t have time because I’m too tired.”

My name is Isis Amelia Spann. 

Isis is the Egyptian goddess of love, fertility, and motherhood

Amelia is the namesake of my family given to me by the woman who gave birth to one of the strongest, bravest and honest women that I knew. It was the name of my great grandmother given to me by my grandmother. 

Spann is the name God blessed me with when my best friend, who just so happened to be my husband asked me to marry him! 

Why the history of my name? Because YOUR name like mine, is a compass, a road map of who you will become.  It gives you something to live up to or carry on. 

While I gave you an example of all of my names, I want to focus on Isis. I want to focus on MOTHERHOOD and what it means to me and what it means to my life. 

I became a mother at the ripe age of 22. I wasn’t a teen mom according to my age, but I was according to my mindset. Growing up fatherless, longing for male attention and a sense of a fairytale love. I allowed myself to fall in love and become pregnant with someone who would’ve been better off as a friend! Because of my lapse in judgment, I became a single mom one month after my graduation, and everything I knew about life changed.