1. Do you force your kids to wear black?
No, in fact very few things my kids own are black. Both of my girls LOVE pink and they wear a lot of color.
2. Do you force your children to listen to metal, or rock and roll?
No. We listen to metal and rock stations on the radio in the car, but otherwise they listen to what they want. My oldest daughter loves KISS, and they both like a lot of the Disney songs.
3. What is your favorite alternative clothing brand for your kids?
I don't buy them alternative clothing because that isn't their personality. My oldest daughter loves unicorns, mermaids, glitter, and pink. My youngest would wear Minnie Mouse every day if I let her.
4. Do you want to have any more baby bats?
No. My two princesses keep me pretty busy. My tubes are also tied due to a medical condition.
5. Have you or have your children ever experienced any negativity due to the way you dress?
Not really. People stare and give looks, but no one has ever said anything to me or my kids. Most of their friends tell me how much they like my tattoos though.
6. Do you hope that your kids will follow in your stylistic footsteps when they come of age?
I think my kids would be beautiful in the goth attire, but I don't necessarily hope they follow my footsteps. My hope is that they find out who they are, and be themselves 100%.
(These are my girls with a gothy looking IG filter. I think they look pretty cute!)
7. To quote Eric Draven from The Crow, "Mother is the name for God on the lips and hearts of all children." Do you think it's important to be a positive, strong role model for your children?
Yes, of course. I was raised by a strong woman, who was raised by a strong woman, and the lineage of strong women continues as far back as I know.
8. What do your children think about the way that you dress?
It's their normal, so they really don't talk about it. Occasionally they'll say "Momma only wears black" or "Black is Mommas favorite color!" but that's about it.
9. Have your children ever felt, or do you ever feel like you embarrass your kids?
I don't think so. As I mentioned above, their friends usually comment on how much they love my tattoos. I think kids are a lot more open minded than adults a lot of the time.
10. As a Goth mother in the sub-culture community, can you offer any advice to other mothers out there?
Don't let motherhood change who you are. I would do absolutely anything for my kids, without a second thought. Briefly after I had both of my children, I felt the need to "dress normal" to be more motherly. I wasn't happy and I didn't feel like myself. I think it's better for us AND our children to keep who we are, and show them to be proud of who you are.
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