Meet Mom of Reinvention: Dre Towey
Dre Towey is a rock-n-roll mother of three who is a talented singer and produces hip children's music. As a former elementary school teacher and art educator, Dre's experiences with her children resonate through her music. And she's a part of the talented kids' band, Sugar on Top.
Additionally, Dre raises money from her performances to support an organization she is very passionate about, the Haiti Lumiere de Demain Inc, an organization operating to promote literacy and educational opportunities among children of Haiti. We caught up with this Mom of Reinvention and here's what she had to say.
Role Mommy: What did you do before you became a mom?
Dre: I was a coach and an educator. I coached soccer and lacrosse and taught elementary school in NYC while attending graduate classes for art education at Bank Street/Parsons School of Design.
Role Mommy: When did you decide to reinvent your life?
Dre: It wasn't so much reinvention as evolution. One step led to another. I was always writing and illustrating while teaching, my writing became more lyrical as my children were born. I never said, "I can't do this"... instead I thought, this feels good and I want to try it. I've always said, "I am a late bloomer" but now I think, doors open all the time and it is up to us to either walk through or walk away. How else can you grow?
Role Mommy: How have your children influenced your career path? How many do you have?
Dre: Absolutely. When I taught I learned the best teaching tool was listening. Children have a very unique and fresh perspective on all kinds of things. Things that we may have forgotten or may not think to talk about as adults. Now I have three children-- ages 10, 8 and 5 (girl, boy,girl). They constantly inspire me through their observations, things they say and do. For instance, my daughter dressed up in toilet paper the other night and I thought about writing a song called, "Toilet Paper Runway Queen."
Role Mommy: What's your favorite "Time Out" tip for moms (taking time for yourself)
Dre: I love to run and "let the birds fly". In other words, let all my crazy thoughts flutter around me as I pound the pavement. I also play soccer which is great for my mind, spirit and body. But the best time out for me is when I can laugh with a friend. Oh! and I love to dance. If I can dance in a crowd and lose myself-- this is immense. Then I can go back to being a mom the next day. Some people don't feel comfortable being alone with their thoughts or feel selfish taking a "time out". Some may find volunteering at a school or at a non-profit is incredibly soulful and an incredible escape from your own daily grind.
Role Mommy: What does your website offer moms or kids?
Dre: I am trying to update my website more often with links and blogs. But the truth of it is, right now my website offers information about my music and concert updates. When I am feeling the gumption, I update my blog.
Role Mommy: What do you hope for your own kids?
Dre: I want my children to grow up happy and confident. I want them to share their gifts with others. We all contribute in our own way-- through art, laughter, leadership, etc. I want them to know we all have a role in this world and to chose theirs and use it well.
Role Mommy: Who is your Role Mommy?
Dre: My mommy. I have referred to her as "the perpetual cheerleader." She always cheered me on and I hope that I can do the same for my children.
If you live near Westport, CT, Dre will be performing with her band Sugar On Top on Sunday, October 4 at The Levitt Pavilion, Westport, CT. 3-6 PM (Behind the Westport Library) $20 suggested donation - advance purchase is recommended