MOMentous Monday is my way of reaching more of you in hopes that you would not feel alone. On MOMentous Mondays I turn the mic over to someone who has a story I think you need to hear. I only have so much to offer and so many life experiences to share. However, I am surrounded with beautiful women with amazing stories of trial, struggle, and redemption. I am determined to use this space to bless more women with the bravely shared stories of others.
This blog is not about me, it is for us.
Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to my new and dear friend, Jenny Dean Schmidt. I met her at the Women of Faith conference a few months back and we have been enthusiastically collaborating ever since. She too, has a heart for mamas and it is obvious through her words, actions, and ministry.
Jenny, thank you for sharing your vulnerable story and also for making a difference for moms.
Does This Screen Demean Moms?
Once upon a time, I thought I was kind of a big deal. Then, I woke up and realized I wasn’t. Moms need to hear why.
When I was young, I had two big goals:
1) Marry my nursery school sweetheart;
2) Become a TV reporter.
I achieved both goals before I turned 30. I married my husband, Mike, when I was 25. I worked in television from the age of 18, including an early gig with BBC TV in London (as an intern), and then moved up the ranks at various TV networks and network affiliates across the country. I was a TV reporter at a TV station in Cleveland when I got pregnant with our first child. Our son, Otis, came along after struggles with infertility and a dicey “code yellow” childbirth.
Not long after the birth of our son, I lost my position in TV, due to “management changes.” This is when I lost my religion. Literally.
Being on TV had been my religion. It gave me an identity, a sense of self-worth, meaning, purpose and even feelings of immortality. When I was no longer on television, I was pretty sure people wouldn’t think I was important anymore and I rapidly sank into a postpartum depression.
Here’s the sad truth. Many people no longer viewed me as important, now that I was “just a mom” and not making my living as a face on a screen. In fact, we live in a world that has a tragically flipped perception of what is important. We honor people who twerk on TV, but not moms who are raising the next generation. We honor movie stars with million-dollar contracts just because we can see them on-screen; however, we fail to honor the off-screen mothers who are making a huge impact on the future of our world by the way they choose to raise (or not raise) their children. After losing my TV job, I began to realize that I was esteemed for telling people about bad stuff — murders, car wrecks and bank robberies, but I was not esteemed for teaching a child about love and service, hope and forgiveness. This is when and where I felt the call of God to go back to the media and shake things up… for moms. I felt like, if no one else was going to honor moms through media, I could. If the media world was overlooking the priceless value of mothering, then I would refuse to overlook it. And, ChannelMom was born. For you and for me. For the moms and the grandmoms. And, for the dads and granddads too.
Moms need to be loved, coached and encouraged in our culture. So, this is the mission of ChannelMom Media & Outreach. We aim to “love, coach and encourage moms through media and serve moms & families through outreach in order to share the love of God.” Because, God loves moms.
ChannelMom Media is here for YOU, mom. We are on radio on 94.7 KRKS in Denver, but can be streamed nationwide. We are on podcast and on webTV. Lots of moms watch our youtube channel, featuring interviews with cast from Duck Dynasty, Dr. Kevin Leman, Sheila Walsh, Jen Hatmaker and other well-known names and experts.
Finally, because moms deserve it, ChannelMom aims to have an effective outreach for moms by offering a one-stop-shop for moms on channelmom.com. We have partnered with other organizations and ministries, helping moms with parenting, single parenting, marriage, addiction, incarceration, loneliness and more. I believe moms are the real “stars,” as they commit themselves to one of the greatest tasks on the planet… raising children who will grow up to offer love and grace in a world that needs it.
Jenny Dean Schmidt is a mom and host of ChannelMom Radio, heard on Salem’s 94.7 KRKS in Denver. Jenny is also Executive Director of ChannelMom Media & Outreach, a nonprofit, serving moms through media and outreach. Visit channelmom.com or contact Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org.