Well, hello! I’m Kelly.
I’m a mom to three girls, a recovering perfectionist, and the author of Happy You, Happy Family.
You might notice that this community is a little different from what you’d expect from a “parenting” site.
Let me explain. Everywhere you turn, articles and blogs and social media posts divide parents into camps. Breastfeeding versus bottle-feeding. C-section versus natural. Co-sleeping versus sleep training. On and on and on.
But the truth is that those of us in different “camps” aren’t actually all that different. As parents, we struggle with many of the same things, day in and day out. From feeling overwhelmed to handling temper tantrums to finding “me” time (ha!).
The kicker? As if the parenting struggles themselves weren’t enough, we set unrealistic expectations for ourselves. To do it all. To never lose our temper. To be the perfect parent.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou
Parenting is hard enough without all the guilt we heap on top of ourselves. So let’s stop trying to be perfect parents and just be real ones.
Come here when you’re at your wit’s end and need advice from someone who’s been there. Come here when you’re having a hard day and just need to know you’re not alone. Come to this group when your kid does something unbearably sweet, and you don’t want to annoy all your Facebook friends by gushing.
Because your fellow parents and me? We’re here for you on the hard days and the good ones, too. In this community, we listen. We accept. We lift each other up.
And even if we disagree, we speak with kindness and respect. Because we’re all doing the best we can.
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Say Yes to Real Parenting
- Who I Live With: My husband Ty and my girls – 8-year-old Abby, 3-year-old Bailey, and 1-year-old Charlie – plus five cats. (Yes, five.)
- What I Do With My Time: Play with my girls, make lists, eat an entire bag of Uncle Eddie’s cookies in one sitting, and make fun playlists for the whole family without resorting to Yo Gabba Gabba.
- Where I Live: Austin, Texas, where the weather is gorgeous 2 weeks out of the year and absolutely miserable from May to October. But those 2 weeks are totally worth it.
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What You’ll Find Here
Before my first child Abby was born, I had ideas. She was going to be born at a birthing center instead of a hospital, she wasn’t going to watch TV til the age of 5, and she wasn’t going to reinforce gender stereotypes by wearing pink.
Well. She was born by c-section, she watches approximately 3.5 movies each weekend, and her favorite color is pink – preferably in tutu form.
If you’ve ever gone into something – becoming a parent, starting a new job, buying a house – with visions of perfection dancing in your head, this blog is for you. Because it never quite turns out the way you pictured it, does it? And then you’re stuck feeling a bit like a failure on top of everything else.
This blog is about accepting the fact that we can’t make it perfect, but that doesn’t mean we’ll stop trying for the best. It’s about forgiving ourselves for the mistakes we make. But most of all, it’s about celebrating those delicious compromises that crop up at the intersection of perfect and good enough. Because when it comes down to it, I have to admit that pink tutus are pretty damn cute.
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