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! 😉
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