The autumn season is here! What are some things your family looks forward to this time of year?
BC: My favorite seasons are spring and summer, so I really have to psych myself up for this time of year. That being said, I do LOVE Auburn football, so that is a favorite fall tradition for our whole family.
Do you have any annual traditions that take place each October?
BC: We love to carve pumpkins and roast pumpkin seeds. If time allows, we are always up for a trip to Corn Dodgers Farm, too!
Do you have a favorite fall meal or treat that you must make for family and friends?
BC: Every fall, I invariably make a lot of soups. The kids love to help me too, which is fun! Our favorites are Taco Soup and Swamp Soup. Although, we always try new soup recipes every year.
What’s your fondest fall memory from your childhood? What memories do you hope to create for your children?
BC: High school football, college football, and trick-or-treating were fond fall memories from my childhood. My husband loves to hunt in the fall and winter. Our children enjoy being outdoors with their daddy! I hope they learn about sportsmanship and the appreciation of hunting and wildlife to carry on the tradition.
What are you most proud of in your motherhood journey?
BC: I am so proud of the children we are raising. Though they are far from perfect, they are compassionate souls who excel in school, love big, and live life to the fullest.
What was the most important thing in your home when you were young that you have since carried over into your own family?
BC: I grew up with the greatest parents. They supported my dreams and did everything in their power to help me achieve them. Mostly though, I grew up in a Christ-centered family. My sincere desire is for my children to know Christ and aspire to be better every day–just as my parents instilled in our family growing up.
What’s the most important lesson you learned from your parents?
BC: Life isn’t always easy; our lives are defined by how we respond to adversity that comes our way. We must find ways to overcome trials and seek to learn from them.
If you had to choose one parenting mantra for yourself, what would it be?
BC: I want to love my children unconditionally for exactly who they are.
Tell us about your work with the Junior Cotillion. Why did you get involved? What do you enjoy most?
BC: I am the owner and director of the National League of Junior Cotillions—Dothan Chapter. I love everything it embodies!
While living in Fairhope, I had the privilege to become involved in teaching the pre-cotillion program (to rising 1st-4th graders in the summers) before I also started teaching the 6th grade junior cotillion program. When Matthew accepted a new job in Dothan, I was saddened to leave cotillion behind. Thus, I was elated when Jill Dykes reached out to me about purchasing her program in Dothan.
This program introduces and exposes children to so many important social skills and courtesies. In addition, the students also are introduced to the basics of ballroom dance. The program concludes with a five-course instructional dinner and ball.
How do you avoid mom burnout?
BC: Sleep! When I feel overwhelmed with everything that life throws my way, it is almost always due to a lack of sleep. To be my best self, I have to take care of myself first before trying to take care of others. Sleep, prayer, spending time alone with my husband, catching up with friends, and spending time outside help me prevent/avoid mom burnout.
If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
BC: Accept and embrace change. I would never have thought my life would have changed as much (in the 18 years post-college) as it has. Thus, I would tell my younger self that change is okay and can be good in the long run. You’ll never be able to grow or move forward without being able to accept and embrace change.
Brittany Curry resides in Dothan, AL, with her husband, Matthew. They have been married for 16 years and have two children: a daughter Monroe (11), and a son Lander (7). Brittany has been a teacher for 14 years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Elementary Education. She currently teaches 1st grade at Houston Academy. She is also the Director of The National League of Junior Cotillions–Dothan Chapter.