Urban Village: There Are Angels Among Us


My aunt was having lunch with one of her best friends. My aunt described how she had been volunteering at a local school and building their vegetable garden. My aunt’s friend explained how she had just spent the weekend with her God-daughter and watched her two young children while her God-daughter got to take an uninterrupted shower. Inspired by my aunt’s volunteering in the garden, my aunt’s friend went on to say that she had room in her schedule to volunteer one morning a week for a young mother with children. My aunt lit up with excitement and said she knew just the mother…me!

Within a week my aunt’s friend was in my living room, reading books to my three children, telling stories, building lego towers, and answering their continuous questions in detail and with out distraction. She was unfazed by moodiness, up for the challenge of a two-year old and delighted by the inquiry, affection and company of the three of them.

Our visits have grown into a true-love relationship with outings, museums, parks, science experiments, beach-combing, baking, Candyland, and relaxed, sincere connection.

My aunt’s friend’s decision to give her time, energy and love, has transformed our family. She has helped to make urban Los Angeles a close-knit village. She has given my children the opportunity to love, trust and learn from another adult, and she has made a tangible difference in my ability to write and develop L.O.V.E. Parenting.

My aunt’s friend’s generosity inspires me to give where I can now in ways that I might have overlooked before. It takes inner-connection to give, humility to receive and there is tremendous growth in both experiences. My aunt’s friend followed her instincts towards love and generosity and is a tribute to the power of the feminine and abundance of the human heart.


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Jessica Williams

About Jessica Williams

Jessica Williams created L.O.V.E. Parenting with a series of techniques for effective communication, deepened connection and more joy in parenting and life. Jessica is also the creator of www.UltimateParentingCourse.com with the best of today’s progressive parenting experts together in one program. Jessica is a featured expert internationally on both Mothering.com’s Ask An Expert and the upcoming www.KidsInTheHouse.com. Jessica is a regular contributor to Mothering Magazine’s All Things Mothering, LA Parent Magazine, LA Mom Magazine & DailyBuzzMoms. She has been interviewed on television and radio and taught workshops at family wellness centers, schools and doctor’s offices. Her BirthKit has helped women have a transformational & empowering birth. Jessica maintains a private coaching practice in her native Los Angeles where she lives with her husband and their three children. “Truly amazing woman. I love her advice.”—Carrie-Anne Moss. “All you have shared has helped tremendously.”—Lisa Bonet. “I am experiencing nothing short of a miracle thanks to your laser beam approach.” –Andrea Bendewald.

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