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.

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