Retired Mother Valerie J. Laidlaw
This is just a partial list of what I helped with as a mother for a daughter. (& 3 sons) I was always respectful and gave unconditional love. What do you think?
Little Miss ND Pageant: Purchased clothing for skit, interview outfit & shoes, sewed pageant dress, all expenses
Bowling team at the Bowler, created team shirts
Church/Sunday School (me teaching) Vacation Bible School Creative Arts Studio pottery class Beginning Experience for Children of Divorce, plus, a children’s counselor Chose names from Giving Trees, purchased their Christmas gifts
Prism/Odyssey of the Mind
Brownies/ Girl Scouts, plus, fundraising School carnivals, parties, and plays
Next to new wardrobe, plus, home sewn clothing, dresses, and costumes
1st on-line ordering of clothing and dresses French-braided, mini-braided hair,etc.
Birthday parties at Hotels, American Gold Gymnastics, Skateland, Chuckee Cheese, etc., decorated custom birthday cakes, Barbie, Garfield, etc.
Grandma Vivian, Aunt Muriel, cousin visits
2 years of Preschool at the Y, where I also helped Daycare, with me in-home, and elsewhere
New Bicycles, several sizes as time passed. New Yamaha Scooter
1st car & repairs, shared payments
Orthodontics…braces for teeth Dental, Vision Brought her to brother’s activities: swimming/hockey/soccer, plus, helped in concessions, plus, was a Cub Scout Den Mother Arranged private airplane with a pilot for a “first flight” experience 4.5 years of monthly child support, plus, several 100’s of $$ sent to Bend, OR to help with trip to Florence, Italy Paper routes: I helped, plus, had extra routes (North Dakota winters) Throughout these years I also sold Avon, and worked full-time in a career assisting people with physical and developmental disabilities and/or mental illness, and worked as a paraprofessional and tutor in a school system all grade levels. Prior to retirement I achieved a Master of Science degree in Counseling in 2011, interning at a state hospital. I was a Licensed Social Worker from 1988 until 2018, upon retiring. My undergrad was a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work 1977, interning at a county Social Services Department with elderly plus, adolescents in a Youth Job Corps.
Additionally, for the 1st home. I wallpapered two bathrooms, a kitchen and a bedroom. I tore out kitchen carpet and installed linoleum. I sewed cushions for a set of wicker furniture for the porch. I painted 3 coats of paint to the entire basement floor. I sewed lots of curtains. I made the house a home. I recovered upholstered furniture and finished and refinished wooden furniture.
The twin home in Fargo. I laid linoleum, painted and stenciled and wallpapered, two bathrooms, kitchen, dining area, stairway, and 2 of 3 bedrooms. I laid new linoleum in the entryway.
Home in Wahpeton.I tore out all carpet. Stenciled kitchen and dining room and sewed dining room and kitchen curtains. I painted Josh’s bedroom floors and walls. The start of a home.
The 8-plex apartment…I painted and repaired whatever broke down.
In every home, I tried to keep each place nice and liveable on a shoestring budget.