As a stay-at-home mom (SAHM), I feel pressure to be the perfect mom and homemaker. But no one else pressures me on a regular basis – I do it myself. With all this pressure to “get it right”, it’s no wonder moms everywhere need to take a “bed break”. Not everyone has the opportunity to actually get in bed. If you can’t get your body in bed, get your mind and soul in bed – even if it’s only for a few precious moments. Watch a TV show or movie, read a book, sip an espresso, nurse a glass of wine, paint a picture, get a manicure, take a nap, volunteer, sign up for a yoga or spin class, [insert activity of choice]. You deserve it.
I’m a full-time wife and mother, a part-time single mom with a traveling consultant husband, a part-time blogger, a hopeful picture book author for children with type 1 diabetes, a trained and certified English teacher (grades 7-12) with six years of teaching experience in Washington, DC; Pittsburgh, PA; and Cleveland, OH; and a mental health advocate. This mommy of two, to a son and daughter, is a proud stay-in-bed mom with a weakness for sugar, escapism, and words of affirmation.
I hope my blog – part confessional, part inspirational – is a safe space for moms everywhere (and dads too!) to take a well-deserved sabbatical from parenting, even if only for a few minutes each day. In my life, I strive to make the “mom world” a better, kinder, and more honest place. We all have a tendency, myself included, to overly curate and filter our lives, faking sparkle and shine. I promise to document my parenthood journey as honestly and authentically as possible without compromising the privacy of my children, family, and friends or hurting anyone’s feelings. Please think of my blog as a “virtual village” where moms, dads, and caregivers may congregate and share their wisdom.