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Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Lindsey Martin

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Lindsey Martin

Telling a mom not to worry is like telling a person not to breathe, but Lindsey Martin of Worry Free Moms works to relieve some of the stress of parenting with her reassuring, humorous and always relatable blog posts. She shares more on how she manages to maximize the joy of motherhood by cutting down on the anxiety.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

I wanted to try something new and help other moms at the same time. I read a lot of blogs, so I thought it would be fun to start one of my own. It was easy to chose what I wanted my blog to focus on because I have suffered from worry and anxiety my whole life, and becoming a mom made it much worse. Since my oldest is now seven, I have learned lots of ways to help manage some of my worries and anxiety over these years, so I wanted to share them to help other moms who are dealing with some of the same worries.

What three words would you use to describe your blog?

Inspirational, supportive and honest.

What is your favorite blog post to date?

My favorite blog post I’ve written is “How to Enjoy Your Pregnancy and Stop Worrying.” I wrote this because getting to experience pregnancy is such a gift, but for many it brings on so much worry that they don’t enjoy the experience. Having struggled to get pregnant myself, I quickly learned that it is not something to take for granted. There are many women out there that try for years to have a baby and are unsuccessful. Therefore, those that do get to experience the miracle of pregnancy should enjoy every moment.

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

Don’t stress out about trying to do it all and be sure to put parenthood first. When I first started my blog I wanted to get lots of post written because I had so many good ideas in my head that I wanted to share. I quickly realized, however, that it was taking a lot of time away from my kids, so I changed my mindset and told myself that I will just blog when I have time after the kids go to bed or are at school.

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

Try to enjoy every moment because they are only little once. Some days are really hard, especially with my three year-old twins, but when I look back at the pictures of my oldest (who’s seven)when he was their age, I get sad to think how fast time has gone, and I wish he was that little again. This makes me realize I need to slow down and enjoy every moment because soon the twins will be seven, and I will wish I could go back to them being how little they are now.

What’s a typical day like for you?

It depends on the day. My oldest goes to school everyday, and the twins go two days a week to preschool, so on those days I get them all ready and off to school. Then I go to work half the day while they are at school. After work I try to get something done like cleaning, groceries, laundry, blogging, and then pick them all up at 3:30pm. On the days the twins don’t go to preschool, I do housework, take them to the park or a play date, or find something else to keep them occupied! The evenings are busy with dinner, karate, baseball, homework, baths and bed. Then we do it all over again the next day!

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

Be real and write what comes naturally to you. I don’t have a degree in writing, and it has never been my favorite thing to do, but when I just write about my life stories and experiences I enjoy it and could write for hours!
Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Kristen Samson Jackson

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Kristen Samson Jackson

After becoming a mother in 2012, Kristen Samson Jackson wanted to share her experiences, thoughts and fears (as she puts it) and her blog, Mommy’s New Groove, was born. Jackson is quick to point out that she doesn’t have all the answers, but we are happy to join her on her motherhood journey. It is, after all, pretty groovy.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

After my daughter was born, I felt extremely lonely and isolated. While I talked to my parents and friends daily, there was something that felt empty inside. I began to write things down and it turned into an amazing outlet for me. Once the postpartum lifted and I got back to some of the things I did before I was pregnant, I found myself talking to other new moms about our new lives. That’s when I realized what wonders a mom support group can do. I began sharing some of my writing with various people on various sites and finally decided to dedicate my own blog to the new life I had been given.

What three words would you use to describe your blog?

Honest. Funny. Supportive.

What is your favorite blog post to date?

My favorite post I’ve written is “The Effects of Being Too Busy.” I actually have to remind myself of this post on a daily basis. As a multitasker, I love being busy. One day, I realized the negative effects my desire to be busy all time had on my life as a mom and precious moments I had with my daughter. It serves as a reminder that when I want to take on yet another project, think about what I can be doing instead. And if that “instead” includes making memories with my daughter, then I gladly turn that project down. This post reminds me, “Hey Mom! You’re missing out!”

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

It is never easy to balance all the responsibilities we have. However, what I find works for me is to have a flexible schedule. When I first started blogging, I was told to carve out blogging time. In the beginning, this helped tremendously. However, as time went on, I realized that other responsibilities began to slip through the cracks. As my blog was inspired by the constantly changing landscape of motherhood, I needed to be flexible with my schedule too! I always make sure to spend a few hours a day focused on the blog, whether it be during the day or in the evenings.

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

Probably the best thing a friend told me was that my daughter will make many friends over her lifetime. However, she will only have one mom. I am here to be her mother, not her friend.

What’s a typical day like for you?

Every day comes with its own personality! So this is a tough one! However, barring all other events, usually the day starts with a protein shake and coffee! Then its off to bring my daughter to pre-k. During the time she is in school, I can be found working at a local Starbucks or running errands. I pick her up from school in time for lunch. She’s usually off to dance or acting class in the afternoon. Then I head to my parents’ house (who live about 20 minutes away) to drop her off for dinner. I teach fitness classes most evenings, so they are a huge help to me! After my sweaty night job, it’s home to shower and grab a cup of tea! The days are usually filled with a lot of driving. So perhaps a lease on my car wasn’t the smartest idea! Over mileage much?

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

To be true to who you are and always start from an honest place. What is the goal of your blog? To connect? Inspire? Or are you trying to make some money to supplement either the loss in paid work? It is very easy to be seduced by the success stories of bloggers who made crazy amounts of money within their first 3 months. I find that amazing and have a lot of respect for the work that those bloggers have done to get there. However, you need to decide if certain opportunities where money may be involved is worth it. Will it stay true to your brand and the blog intent? If you are true to why you started in the first place, your blog will be a success.
Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Pete Wilgoren

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Pete Wilgoren

Pete Wilgoren is a TV journalist by day and a doting dad the rest of the time. He has won numerous Emmy awards for his work in TV news. Pete’s kids are glad to use the Emmys to hang their swim goggles on, or to make goals for floor soccer. Read more about his life, from the dad’s perspective, outnumbered with a wife and two girls at Dadmissions.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

I was working nights and feeling really disconnected from my family. Writing about my kids and wife made me feel closer to them even if I wasn’t seeing them. Plus, they were just so damn funny.

What 3 words would you use to describe your blog?

Funny, honest, from-the-heart-in-an-endearing-wonderful-sort-of-way

What is your favorite blog post to date?

Why Men Peek

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

 Coffee. lots of good coffee.

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

Ray Romano: “Having children is like living in a frat house – nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.”

What’s a typical day like for you?

I work a full dayside shift in a Los Angeles newsroom and then come home now in the nick of time and get to put my kids to sleep at night. The 15 minutes of bedtime is the best, most fullfilling, wonderful time ever. As a longtime night shifter, I never realized what a HUGE thing I was missing out on.

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

Write because you have things to say, things you want your kids to read one day, things that deserve to be heard. Write because you love to. Don’t write to become famous or to get a book deal or to stir up phony parenting controversies. Write because it feels good.
Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Jill Robbins

Mamapedia Contributor Spotlight: Jill Robbins

This week we catch up with Jill Robbins of Ripped Jeans & Bifocals. She’s a wife, mom, freelance writer, blogger, speaker, producer and a proud Texan. When she’s not busy raising her three children, she can be found sipping a cup of coffee, jogging or writing her next masterpiece. She likes to think of her blog as a place to find the funny in the mundane parts of parenthood, aging and life in general.

What made you want to start your own parenting blog?

I started my blog to document my adoption stories. When we started to struggle, I painted a super rosy picture of our adoptions. I started writing some more raw, honest essays and found it cathartic. I decided to drop the act and tell it like it was…and people started reading. It’s been a really fun journey.

What 3 words would you use to describe your blog?

Honest, funny, hot mess

What is your favorite blog post to date?

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

Balance is something I struggle with. I don’t have a good answer for this. Some weeks I feel organized and balanced like I have it all together and I’m convinced my list making and all those books I read on being organized are paying off. Other weeks I’m running around like a crazy person because I can’t find my car keys and I forget to pick my kids up.

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

“You are the mom.” You can read all the parenting books in the world but at some point you have to trust your gut and your instincts. You will get it wrong sometimes…even a lot. But you are the mom.

What’s a typical day like for you?

My husband brings me coffee in bed…don’t hate me. He goes to work really early so he does that for me as an alarm clock. I get my two boys dressed and ready for school and make them breakfast. After I walk them to school, I exercise and then start writing. I don’t really have a typical day. I spend about 30 minutes curating content for social media and reading other bloggers’ work. I’m super disorganized and easily distracted so it’s hard for me to give you a picture of a typical day. My kids are involved in sports so that always involves a lot of running around and outfit changes. The one thing that’s constant is that we eat dinner as a family every night. It might be canned soup or frozen pizza but unless something out of the ordinary is happening, we eat dinner together.

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

Be yourself. Learn all you can. Find your people. Your people are out there. Be humble and gracious. Say thank you.