Today I’m teaming up with some other bloggers to give you a behind the scenes peek at life behind our blogs.
Yes, today at The Measured Mom it’s confessions of a mom blogger.
Happy Mother’s Day! In celebration of this special day a group of kid bloggers have decided to tell it like it is.
I’m not Supermom. That’s got to be pretty obvious, but some people hear that I’ve got five kids ages 7 and under, bake my own bread, and write a blog… and think I must be extremely patient / organized / glamorous (well, maybe not that) to pull it off.
Nope! Today I’m setting the record straight — here’s the truth behind the blog.
Confessions of a Mom Blogger
1. I can’t do it all. If I’m on top of my blog, then I’m three days behind on laundry. If I’m exercising every day and being disciplined with my eating, I’m just barely keeping up over here. Every day, it’s a choice. Which ball will stay up in the air? Sometimes it’s the house. Sometimes it’s the blog. Sometimes it’s me. I hope that it’s always the kids.
2. I feel like I’m always cleaning, but our house is a mess most of the day. You know that brilliant idea of teaching kids to clean up their mess before getting out another toy? Yeah, we don’t do that here. Cleaning up the house is part of our bedtime routine, though. Thankfully my husband takes on this room with the kids while I clean up the kitchen and feed the baby.
3. I push messes out of the way before I take pictures for the blog. Here’s the actual blog picture.
Annnnnd, this is what was actually on the table. The cleaner was out because his younger brother had gotten to the bathroom a little too late, and I had just taken care of a pretty major floor mess. (I’m happy to say, though, that I’ve finally ordered my first natural cleaners. True story!)
4. I don’t always practice what I preach. You know how I say you should write with your kids at least 3 times a week so they’ll learn to love it? I haven’t figured out how to do that, myself. (But I’m trying to!) You know how I say you should read, read, read with your kids? Some days the only reading my toddler gets is when he overhears the chapter book I’m reading to his big sister.
5. I edit my profile picture. Sorry to burst your bubble, but I’m not the stunning woman you see in the sidebar (oh, wait, that wasn’t what you were thinking?). I love photo editing software. Just a few edits here and there to smooth the wrinkles and get rid of those bags under the eyes. Oh, and why not whiten up my teeth while I’m at it…
6. I only share (mostly) flattering pictures of myself. Yeah, that’s why there aren’t too many pictures of me on this site. I shared a nice pregnancy photo of me — not the one my husband and mom thought we should take 6 weeks later when I was 10 days past my due date and a whale (see third panel above).
I am loosening up a little, though. I even did a short video tutorial the other day despite the fact that I still have twenty pounds of pregnancy weight to lose. Go me!
7. My kids are kids, just like everybody else’s. I love them to pieces, but yeah, they drive me nuts sometimes. There are some days where I just can’t take it anymore. I open my husband’s office door and plead, “Are you able to come out before supper? It’s a total zoo out here.” I don’t share specifics about my kids’ bad behavior because I want this blog to bless them, not embarrass them. But you’ll find hints every now and then!
8. Sometimes I spend too much time at the computer. TV? Doesn’t interest me. Talking on the phone? No thanks. Focusing on projects to the point of obsession? Sometimes, yes. I’m a very project-driven person, which is why I love blogging. The problem is that I would blog all day if I could. I have to remind myself to engage with my kids, look them in the eye when they’re talking to me, and let the blog sit.
9. My kids aren’t always excited about the learning activities I prepare for them. Overall, they love getting out the crafts, playing a new game, or getting a new stack of library books. But it’s also true that sometimes they just don’t care. If I can’t find a sibling to do the activity instead, they’re it. When they get past the griping they do fine.
10. Here’s a confession I’m happy to make: I seriously love this gig, and I pray that I get to keep it up for many years. I thank God that he’s given me an outlet for my creative energy that inspires me to do more with my kids, support other parents and teachers, and just do what I love. Thanks for being a part of it!
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