As the editor of the Exponent II magazine‘s Sisters Speak column, I would love to hear your opinion on the following question. Note: I might email some of you commenters asking if I might quote you in the magazine. If you would like to submit a response privately, please email me at carolinekline1 at gmail dot com.
Our Sisters Speak question for the upcoming issue comes from an anonymous reader. She writes:
“My kids are starting school this week, and I want them to receive blessings but I don’t know how to do it. I’m anxious for my kids’ happiness and growth and I have some hope that blessings will benefit them. I don’t want the blessings to come just from their dad, but I don’t know how to involve myself. My hands on their head as well as dad’s? But then what about my voice and wishes for them? Two blessings, one from each of us?
I’m not terribly orthodox in many ways, but my unorthodoxy is one of omission, not invention. I just don’t do what I don’t like. But for some reason I’m fearful of inventing things that meet my own spiritual needs. Afraid of what, I don’t know. I’m considering blessing the kids by holding their hands rather than putting my hands on their heads. But I don’t want the difference in style to come off looking like one blessing is inferior or less important.
I also don’t want this to be about me. The blessings are for them, in part to show our love as parents and to give them the best we can each give, but I feel that it is important for me to participate in some way. Please share your experiences with mothers blessings. How have you seen them done? How did you go about doing them yourself?”