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Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Kathryn Mayer

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Kathryn Mayer

Kathryn Mayer’s humorous take on parenting makes for a great read, but if you think she’s only in it for the laughs, think again. Mayer’s blog Writing Out Loud serves a purpose beyond motherly advice: to help spread awareness for Newtown, CT and gun violence prevention. So how did she come to take on such a serious cause? We caught up with the outspoken blogger to learn more.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

Tired of bragging parents and feeling like I was doing everything wrong, I thought a more realistic, humorous perspective on parenting might resonate with people afraid to speak the truth. My blog evolves as kids grow and circumstances change. I started anonymously, as a return-to-work mom blog when I was returning to work after my youngest of four was in 2nd grade. I evolved to humor essays on parenting middle school/teens then the Sandy Hook school shooting forced me out of the shadows, and I used my blog to create awareness for Newtown and gun violence prevention. Today, I’ve found balance, bought my own url name and write about all of the above.

What three words would you use to describe your blog?

Funny, raw, real.

What is your favorite blog post to date?

I’m always surprised which essays people love. It’s never what i think, but it was with this one. While primarily a humor writer, my favorite post is not funny at all, but a tribute to my 2nd daughter.

What’s your go-to tip for balancing blogging with parenthood?

Wait before posting; always make sure it’s a good idea in the morning then go for it. Never write about something you don’t want to discuss in the check-out line at the grocery store. And if posting/shared on a large site, either never read the comments or learn to laugh.

What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received?

When kids were young: you’re allowed to be 10 minutes late per kid; I had four kids, this proved essential. As teenagers: listen more than you talk. They’re speaking volumes in their silence. Leave a costco-sized box of condoms easily accessible for the teenagers in your life. Like the fire extinguisher under your sink; they may never need it, but should have easy access just in case.

What’s a typical day like for you?

My kids are in high school and college so this will seem decadent to most: coffee in bed, exercise (use term loosely), work-work-work, review social media, log-off and write-write-write. High-school-sport-du-jour, cocktail, Netflix, rinse, repeat.

What’s the best insight you can offer other parenting bloggers?

Always, always ask before you write about something. Give a funny/embarrassing story years to percolate before you post about it. They might not be over it yet. Also, your kids will grow up and resent you sharing so much; then they will fight over which kid you wrote about most and wish you wrote more about them. More people read you than you know; just because they don’t comment or share, doesn’t mean your words aren’t being read. You have a story to tell, tell it.
Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Joy Page Manuel

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Joy Page Manuel

A former academic, Joy Page Manuel takes an analytical approach to parenting, journaling all of her adventures in motherhood on her blog, Catharsis. As she puts it, blogging “continues to save my sanity.” Here’s a little more on how she manages to balance parental duties and still be active in the blogosphere.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

The short answer is that I needed to save money on therapy while pursuing my love for writing. In 2009, I had just stopped seeing a therapist who was helping me process the sudden life changes I’ve gone through. In 2004, I unexpectedly and permanently migrated from the Philippines to the United States, got engaged and married, went through assisted reproduction and then had a baby in 2007, all without the immediate support of my closest family and friends. (You can read more about this whirlwind process here). After a sensitive pregnancy and giving birth to my son, I ended up quitting my office job and became a SAHM. In an effort to try to stay in touch with the outside world, I created a Facebook account and there I saw some of my friends writing ‘notes’ on Facebook, which were really mini essays, and one of them even had their own website. I didn’t know that it was called a blog at the time but I thought, ‘I can do that!’ From all that, Catharsis was born and it continues to save my sanity.

What three words would you use to describe your blog?

Insightful, playful and certainly cathartic!

What is your favorite blog post to date?

This is a difficult one but I’d have to say it’s “Romance is Relative.” It combines two topics I’m most passionate about, namely love or relationships, and parenthood. It gives a snapshot of how it’s like to go through IVF and see it as a love-filled and even romantic experience.

What’s your go-to tip for balancing blogging with parenthood?

Give up on perfection in both areas— it’s impossible—and learn to forgive yourself. In my earlier years of blogging, I tortured myself and refused to hit ‘publish’ on anything I’m completely and profoundly satisfied with. Then I realized creativity doesn’t work that way. You can’t always write your best piece week after week or every time you sit down and try. And on those days or weeks when you’re simply unable to, know that it’s okay to recycle evergreen pieces. You won’t feel as crappy, you’d still feel somewhat productive, and you can buy yourself more time to find inspiration for your next potentially awesome piece!

What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received?

Start as you mean to go on.

What’s a typical day like for you?

You can pretty much break up my typical days into four main categories: Household chores/ errands; Writing and Social Media; Fitness; ‘Me Time.’ I get up ahead of my son and husband to prepare breakfast and then a quick school drop off by around 8 a.m. As soon as I get back, I hop on the treadmill for about 30 minutes straight, and then just hop back on intermittently throughout the day to get me as close as possible to my goal of 10k steps daily. Anytime between 10 and 4 pm, before my son returns from school, I make friends with my cleaning caddy, the kitchen and the laundry room. As a break, I sometimes watch those ‘Clean With Me’ videos on YouTube to inspire the domestic goddess in me. By 4 p.m., you will most likely find me and my son sitting side by side in my office as he does school work and I try to write. Family dinner is at 7 and my son’s bedtime at 9 signals ‘Me time.’ That’s when my husband and I talk, read books and watch our favorite t.v. shows. Every moment during the day is spent wondering where the next inspiration for an essay will come from. I can assure you it’s rarely from watching reality shows, but it’s a guilty pleasure my over-thinking brain needs in order to unwind.

What’s the best insight you can offer other parenting bloggers?

Take long showers. I’m not telling you to waste water but take showers that are long enough to relax you. I do believe that people come up with the best ideas in the shower and science has backed this up. They say it’s because of the relaxed and solitary experience that allows for creative thought to occur and I can attest to this. Some of my most heartfelt and insightful posts started in the shower, mid-shampoo.
Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Darlene Dee

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Darlene Dee

Ever wonder how expensive it is to raise a baby? Darlene Dee decided to do the math with the birth of her daughter “Babystar.” Her blog Baby Costs Money keeps track of parenting costs and then some, offering readers fun updates on her daughter along with DIY projects and smart, budget-friendly tips.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

When I got pregnant with Babystar, the internet was a thing. The internet was NOT a thing when I had my first two babies. The internet is many things, including fun and scary. Google said it would cost me 245K to raise a baby. I thought it would be fun to keep track. (I was half right. Blogging is fun but watching those numbers go higher and higher is not really that fun at all!)

What three words would you use to describe your blog?

Sarcastic, informative, terrifying.

What is your favorite blog post to date?

So far, my favorite post is the one called “One.” I like looking back at the house all decorated for her first birthday, and that picture of her standing up in her adorable first birthday jumper is so freaking cute that I almost — almost — can ignore the stupid amount of money we spent on that party.

What’s your go-to tip for balancing blogging with parenthood?

Download all of the apps on all of your devices. Sync it all via some sort of cloud system. Cumulus, nimbus, stratus, whatever — I need to be able to take pictures and make notes on my phone at the park and pull them up on my iPad at 3am.

What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received?

Almost twenty years ago, my mother told me to pick my battles. That advice holds true from toddlerhood to the teenage years, and everything in between. (Including agonizing conversations with customer service reps and intentionally rude restaurant hostesses.)

What’s a typical day like for you?

If I am lucky, I wake up before the baby and drink coffee in bed while checking Instagram, Facebook, emails — you know, the essentials. If I am a different kind of lucky, I wake up to a toddler face squished into mine, impatient for milk. My husband and teenager have usually left for work and school by then, so the ToddlerMonster and I have brunch. (Yep, when breakfast takes over an hour, I consider it two meals.) We do some dishes or laundry (she’s getting very good at helping), and then get dressed for an adventure. We run some errands or go to a museum (rarely) or an indoor play place (usually) before picking up the teenager at school. I take pictures of our outings or purchases and make notes about what we buy during the week. Weekday afternoons are often spent taking a walk to the park (weather permitting) before everyone’s favorite dinner/bath/bedtime routines. I actually only really write blog posts on Sunday mornings when my husband takes the baby to church. I totally cheat (like most bloggers, I suspect) and schedule them to post throughout the week.

What’s the best insight you can offer other parenting bloggers?

Be the boss of your blog, not the other way around.
Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Marie Ericson

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Marie Ericson

Mother of three and former immigration attorney Marie Ericson serves up tasty gluten-free recipes with a side of parental anecdotes on her blog Mamma’s Cooking. What started as a project for her family (particularly for her son who has celiac disease) has blossomed into a culinary space that just about anyone can enjoy. Ericson tells us more.

What made you want to start your own blog?

As someone who loves to cook, I am frequently asked by friends and family what to cook or for recipes for what I have made. I started blogging about what I cook for my family so I would have a place to write down recipes for friends and family. Now it is even more important to me to give people ideas on how to cook and entertain when dealing with celiac disease. My son has celiac, so I want him and others dealing with limitations when cooking, that the options are still endless for making good food all of your family and friends can enjoy.

What 3 words would you use to describe your blog?

Comforting, inviting and gluten-free.

What is your favorite blog post to date?

Best Recipes of 2016 is my favorite so far because it was the last in a series where I had challenged myself to post a recipe for 31 days straight! It really helped me see what readers are interested in, how far the blog had come and how much more I am excited to share.

What’s your go-to tip for balancing blogging with parenthood?

Try to set specific times for blog related work (writing, reading other blogs, working on the technical part of your site, etc), so that you are not always sitting at your computer and mix up your location. I try to only work when the kids are in school or asleep, either at home or a local coffee shop. I have found that I get my best ideas when I’m doing something unrelated that is soothing and relaxing, like taking a hike on a beautiful day.

What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received?

When my first child was born, our pediatrician told us about the “Third Child Mentality” when we asked about whether we needed to sterilize pacifiers. He said, with the first child, you drop the pacifier and sterilize it before giving it back; with the second child, you rinse it off and give it back; and with the third, you wipe it on your pants and give it back to the child. All three survive. All three methods work, so just find what works best for you and your family. I really took this to heart in many aspects of our life, especially about cooking. With the first, you try/want to make all your own baby food from scratch; with the second, you buy the jarred food or use pouches and with the third, you mash up whatever you are feeding the rest of your family. All three survive.

What’s a typical day like for you?

My husband usually gets the kids started on breakfast while I’m in the shower, before he heads off to work. I try to eat a quick breakfast, usually leftovers from last night or a yogurt, while I help find clothes, tie shoes and try to get my three kids (9, 6 and 6) out the door. After drop off, depending on the day and the weather, I either go for a hike, go to the gym, go grocery shopping or head straight home and start writing. Occasionally I go to Starbucks or a local coffee shop to write and sometimes meet up with some friends for a quick chat. then I either continue writing and reading other blog posts in between running up and down stairs doing laundry or running around the kitchen cooking and testing recipes until I have to pick up the kids. Then it is a whirlwind of activities, homework and more cooking. I’m very fortunate that my husband usually is home in time for us all to sit down together for dinner. That will change as the kids get older and more activities get in the way, but I’m grateful for it now. After dinner its baths, bedtime, lunch prep for the next day, more reading and writing while my husband does the dishes and then climb into bed to watch Downton Abbey or the latest Top Chef with a cup of tea.

What’s the best insight you can offer other bloggers?

Write what you know and be concise. Write what comes naturally to you. Don’t try to be something you are not to please someone else. Pick one topic for each blog post. I have so many ideas in my head that when I first started writing I had a hard time not putting all of them in one post! Now I pick one topic and one recipe, which hopefully provides clarity for the readers and gives me more content for more posts.
Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Lorrin Sell

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Lorrin Sell

Photographer and blogger Lorrin Sell isn’t perfect. In fact, that’s the main message behind her blog Lorrin Sell | Photographer of Wild Things. As she puts it, she’s a “Mom of four with a camera, embracing the perfect mess of life with kids.” But it’s Sell’s fun and relaxed attitude about parenting that makes her blog so wonderfully relatable and why we picked her for this week’s Contributor Spotlight.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

I started this blog as a way to show others how to find the beauty in the messy, imperfect madness that is life with kids. I taught other mothers how to take better pictures of their kids. The blog has morphed into so much more than that, still offering those photography tips but also offering a place to find DIYs, recipes, tips for traveling with kids, and a whole lot of mom life. In the end, all of these things are part of finding that beauty, and deserved a place on the blog too.

What 3 words would you use to describe your blog?

Real. Life. Family.

What is your favorite blog post to date?

It’s so hard for me to pick a favorite because there are so many for I love for totally different reasons, but I love the post about why we choose experiences over things the most. Our lives can be pretty crazy, we do a lot of things “wrong” but spending quality time together sort of resets us, and that’s so important to us as a family.

What’s your go-to tip for balancing blogging with parenthood?

Oh, that’s a tough question. There is a lot of work that goes into blogging. I’m two years in, and I still consider myself a baby blogger because so much time and effort goes into it, and I am still learning. The thing that has helped me the most is having an actual schedule, and sticking to it. I try to consider these things on my schedule to have a set due date, and even though it’s a due date I have given myself, I have been very strict about following the things on that schedule.

What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received?

Do what works best for YOU. You will get a lot of advice from a lot of people. Some will give you great advice, others will make you feel guilty for doing things differently than they do. You have to do what feels best for you and your family though, and not get overly stuck on what everyone else is doing.

What’s a typical day like for you?

A typical day for me is filled with tons of rushing around, lots of meals being prepared, so so much laundry, work, coffee, laughing, tantrums (from the kids AND me), more laundry, popcorn kernels on the floor, “I love yous”, so many brother/ sister fights, and if I’m lucky some Netflix at the end of the day. It’s a hot mess, and so am I, and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

What’s the best insight you can offer other parenting bloggers?

If you’re working on your blog for fun, have fun with it! If you’re working on your blog as a business, have fun with it, but keep in mind that if you want it to behave like a business, and pay you, you’ll have to treat it as a business. That means lots of hard work and dedication.
Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Abby Fereday

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Abby Fereday

From healthy recipes to affordable fashion finds and reflections on motherhood, Abby Fereday’s blog Forever Mom Moments has something for every mom. We caught up with Fereday to find out how she’s able to balance it all.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

I wanted to share my passion for natural living and parenting, and I also wanted to open an avenue for a more flexible lifestyle for my family.

What 3 words would you use to describe your blog?

Sharing motherhood, naturally.

What is your favorite blog post to date?

Probably my post about parenting a confident toddler. My daughter has personality for days, and I am really interested in researching the best parenting techniques and tactics for fostering her sense of independence and confidence while also helping her develop good “soft skills.”

What’s your go-to tip for balancing blogging with parenthood?

Set aside protected time for both. Trying to juggle them is impossible. I have chunks of time throughout the week that I dedicate solely to blogging tasks. And I have other chunks of the week I dedicate to family time. If I have “aha” ideas for my blog during my protected family time, I jot them down quickly in a notebook or in my phone and then return to my fam!

What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received?

Even if you feel like you’re doing everything wrong as a parent, loving your kiddo means you’ve got the most important thing right.

What’s a typical day like for you?

Wake up at 6am, usually about an hour before my daughter wakes up, and work on some blog/social media tasks. Get breakfast and ready for the day for my daughter and I between 7-8am. Drop my daughter with a sitter at 8:15am; commute to work. Work from 8:30am-4:30pm. My evenings usually consist of making dinner, or coaching soccer, or spending a little time with my fam (depends on the day) from 5-7:30pm. Put my daughter to bed at 8. If my husband is up, we hang out for a little while after I put my daughter to bed, but he works nights and sometimes naps in the evenings. So if I have an evening to myself, I work on my blog things!

What’s the best insight you can offer other parenting bloggers?

Go easy on yourself and have a go-to place to track all your notes and ideas. I wake up in the morning with so many things I want to do with my growing blog; I get so stressed if I don’t get my thoughts jotted down somewhere. I use Asana for this, and it has been so helpful! I’m significantly more at ease when I know I have all my ideas recorded somewhere and waiting for me when I have more time! Also, remind yourself why you started blogging, regularly. That is a huge help to me!
Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Roxanne Ferber

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Roxanne Ferber

You might think that having twins would leave little time for anything else but Roxanne Ferber manages to juggle it all. Her blog The Whatever Mom offers a little bit of everything from tips to crafts and relatable parenting struggles. As Ferber puts it, the blog is sharing whatever it takes to get through the day without losing your sanity. She shares more.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

I actually started out with a personal blog to share with friends and family the crazy adventures of being a twin mom. After sharing the messy fun things my twins and I did together, more and more of my parent friends commented how they would never let their kids get so messy. It inspired me to share the messier parts of life with kids, not just the messy projects, but the emotional messes of being a parent. That’s when I started blogging for a bigger audience. My blog is not just another pretty blog where you’ll find a picture perfect family taking perfect vacations and making perfect crafts. I am a mom, and I struggle. I share those moments with everyone.

What 3 words would you use to describe your blog?

Real. Honest. Sincere.

What is your favorite blog post to date?

My very first big photo project addressing the mommy wars. I paired moms with opposing philosophies to illustrate there is no one perfect way to be a mom. We are all doing our best to give our kids the best. I rounded up my local moms, many of them my personal friends, and took my friend up on her offer for free photography. As word spread about the project more moms were in support of it and it was even picked up by a local family magazine for print. I am the most proud of that piece because it proves the mommy wars are ridiculous. We can be moms, do our own thing and still get along.

What’s your go-to tip for balancing blogging with parenthood?

Outsource where ever you can. Hire cleaning help, order groceries online, hire a blogging consultant, or hire help for extra child care. You save a lot of time in your blogging and you free up extra time with your kids when you don’t have to do so many things on your own!

What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received?

“All of the things you say you are NEVER going to do as a parent, you will do them ALL.” So far that has been the most accurate. That’s not a handy pro tip for getting kids to sleep, or picky eaters to finally eat, but it gave me permission to do whatever works for me as a parent.

What’s a typical day like for you?

Mostly chaos supplemented by coffee. I wear many hats as the CEO of my household. I am a twin mom, work from home mom, personal chef, housekeeper and chauffeur (sometimes I am a nurse and psychologist too). It can be hard to finish just one task from my to-do list when I have so many areas of life to manage. After I drop my kids off at school I work from home as a freelance writer, get dinner in my crock pot (seriously we’d never eat if it weren’t for my crock pot), run as many errands without kids as possible, and tidy up if I have time left. Once the kids are home we focus on homework and activities. There is no blogging or business happening, and cleaning is futile with the twinadoes tearing through the house. Thankfully I married a man who can observe when the toilets need to be scrubbed and the laundry is over flowing and then he just takes care of it. It feels almost magical.

What’s the best insight you can offer other parenting bloggers?

From a personal standpoint keep going if this makes you happy. Don’t do it as a get rich quick plan because that doesn’t happen. But there is a certain amount of personal fulfillment we get when we create something that connects with other folks on this parenting journey. If you want to blog for profit take your time, make a plan and be ready to hang in there for a while.
Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Leah Rogers

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Leah Rogers

Through helpful tips and insight, Leah Rogers hopes give parents a roadmap for navigating child behavior. Her blog Momsters Raising Monsters shares techniques and tactics to get through even the most challenging parenting issues without losing your mind. She shares more on how she got started and her secrets to surviving parenthood.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

I went to school for Behavior Analysis and Cognitive Neuroscience. When I became a SAHM, I realized how much my experience was helping me with everyday situations in parenting. I decided to share my expertise with others to help them become better parents as well!

What 3 words would you use to describe your blog?

I would say my blog is helpful, informative and fun.

What is your favorite blog post to date?

My favorite blog post is my first Momster Challenge. It’s a challenge to help parents become less emotional and more gentle when parenting. It has daily steps, tips, and reminders to lead us toward our goal. I have new Momster Challenges for every month, but I think this one is my favorite because it helps me the most. I hate to lose my temper, and this challenge really helps me to become a better mom.

What’s your go-to tip for balancing blogging with parenthood?

You’re a parent first! Blogging isn’t worth it if it makes us miss the precious moments with our kids. Carve out time for blogging, but what’s more important is carving out time to put the blog away and be there for our kids.

What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received?

Enjoy it while it lasts. I love every minute I spend with my kids, and time flies.

What’s a typical day like for you?

I’m a SAHM and I homeschool my oldest (the others are too young), so every days is an adventure. I spend lots of time playing with and taking care of the kids. We do school in the morning and try to get housework done, but other than that, I just take it as it comes. We do playdates and fun day trips for the kids. I blog when the kids take naps, are playing with friends, or after they go to bed at night. We try to fill our day with love and family.

What’s the best insight you can offer other parenting bloggers?

Find a friend blogger! My sister blogs at ToJesusSincerely.com, and blogging together has been SO helpful. We learn different tricks and tips and we each teach each other what we know. We proofread for each other and exchange opinions and advice. Having a trusted second opinion and another set of eyes makes everything so much easier. It also gives us both motivation to keep going.
Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Stacey Skrysak

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Stacey Skrysak

After suffering the loss of two of her three triplets, news anchor Stacey Skrysak took to the blogosphere to find joy and celebrate the life of her surviving daughter Peyton. Through her blog Perfectly Peyton, Skrysak shares the excitement and challenges that come with raising a three-year-old and offers helpful tips and insight for grieving parents.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

My children. I went through a tragic experience that was very public, since I’m a television news anchor. After losing two of my triplets within two months of birth, I knew I could help others by being a voice for child loss, premature birth and infertility. Perfectly Peyton is named after our surviving triplet, Peyton, who has overcome so many obstacles in her short 3 1/2 years of life.

What 3 words would you use to describe your blog?

Inspirational, honest, heartfelt.

What’s your go-to tip for balancing blogging with parenthood?

Forget sleeping! Between a full-time job, being a parent and blogging, I find that I do my best work late at night when everyone is asleep in my house.

What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received?

There is no need to be perfect. Parenting is all about learning and adapting as you go.

What’s a typical day like for you?

I spend the mornings with my daughter, shuttling her off to school and gymnastics, before heading into my job at our local ABC affiliate in Springfield, IL. I anchor the 5 & 6 pm newscasts, then race off to home for dinner with my family. I’m back at work to anchor the 10pm news, then back home to blog and write articles for various websites. I do my best work late at night.

What’s the best insight you can offer other parenting bloggers?

Speak from your heart. The more honest you are, the more your words will resonate with others.
Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Phyllis Pometta

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Phyllis Pometta

Phyllis Pometta started Verified Mom as a way to release her creativity and rediscover her voice as a woman after becoming a mom. When she’s not spending time with her husband, three teenagers and two pets — phew! — she loves sharing about products she loves, DIY projects, organization, travel and her journey with relationships and parenting.

What 3 words would you use to describe your blog?

It’s in my tagline actually – Family *Lifestyle* Fun. My family is my life and I love sharing my family stories. I am living my own “new” lifestyle. And Fun, because it’s always important to remember to have FUN!

What is your favorite blog post to date?

My favorite blog post is one I wrote about my experience with letting my daughter cut her hair. I shared my transition as a mom who has many fears of how outsiders place judgement on children and how I learned to accept my daughters need for individuality. It was a hard post for me to write, but it was also so personally rewarding. I titled it “I Feared My Daughters “Boy” Haircut and it can be found here.

What’s your go-to tip for balancing blogging with parenthood?

My go-to tip is, no matter what, I am a parent before I am a blogger. Even though I share a lot of information and experience, I do it with caution especially now that my kids are all older. They may or may not want me to share their personal stories with the world. There is a thin line that I try not to cross because I do not want it to negatively impact their lives now or in the future.

What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve ever received?

I have based my entire way of parenting on this and I am so proud of the relationship I have with each of my children. You can be a friend and a parent. The key though is knowing when to you “can” be a friend and when you “need” to be a parent. Sometimes it is hard to differentiate but it is possible to be both.

What’s a typical day like for you?

Basically, it’s get up at 6am and see two of the three kids off to school by 7:30am, then answer some emails, and jump on social media for a little bit. I also have a small part-time job outside of the home so I run and do that for a few hours and come back home to answer more emails, blog, edit photos, take care of virtual assistant clients, and hop on social media again. Before I know it, kids are all home from school, and dinner needs to be started. After dinner I completely crash on the couch and watch anything beginning with “The Real Housewives”, or “Chicago”….Then, I get a second wind and end up in my office catching up on any loose ends and signing off about 1am.

What’s the best insight you can offer other parenting bloggers?

Be true to yourself. Don’t change who you are! I spent many years trying to figure out my voice in this big world of blogging. I am still a work in progress but I am happy to say that I have finally found my own voice and I am being as true to myself as I can be at this time in my life. Also, as your kids get older and their experiences aren’t as cute, they are going to think you are crazy for sharing them….and that’s ok, let them think you’re crazy! 😉