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!
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