Hey Mom, Now What?

Welcome to Hey Mom, Now What

Do you ever ask yourself “Ok, Now What?”

I often find myself asking this question when something happens in my home that makes me stop, mouth agape with a “Huh?” kind of look on my face. You know, those times when you are presented with a scenario that just isn’t covered in the typical parenting books and you have no darn clue what you should do next. Yeah, those times. My kids like to joke with me that someone could grow a beard between the time I say “OK, so…. ” to finally finishing the sentence. But, why am I stumped? As a mom to 5 kids, some would say I have a pretty long dossier of mom experience and expertise. And maybe I know a thing or three about raising kids. There are so many times, though, when I just don’t have a clue what to do next.

Let me tell you a little about me

My name is Allie. I am a mother of 5 children, who I divide into two groups, my Bigs and my Littles. My Bigs are ages 16, 13 and 12, and my Littles are ages 4 and 2. Yes, I have a huge spread in the ages of my kiddos. Yes, it makes for some crazy times at my house. My husband, Steve, and I share this blended family. The two Littles are our children and my three Bigs are from my first marriage. As a blended family, we face a lot of unique situations and challenges that I am sure many of you are familiar with. Maybe you have some of the same issues come up that I face.

I work full time as an Emergency Mental Health Clinician, and I have a untypical work schedule. I work three 12 hour shifts a week, sometimes back to back, so even though I work full time, I am able to be an (almost) full time stay at home mom, too. It was this double-life, if you will, of being both a SAHM and a Working Mom that led me to have some of my biggest “Now what?” moments.

I have experienced the absolute joy of being able to spend almost every moment at home with my baby under my wing. I also have experienced the isolation and boredom of every day feeling the same… laundry, diaper, dishes, repeat. On the flip side, I have the honor of helping people through my career and earning money to help with the family budget. But, as I am sure you Working Moms know, I have had mom guilt about being away from my children on my long shifts away from home.

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 So why Are You Here?

All moms have questions. I have questions. You have questions. I think we all can agree that the age that our children are growing up in is an alien civilization compared to when we were kids. Momming is no longer the same territory it was 20 years ago. We all are going to be faced with challenges that we have no way to predict or to solve. Maybe you have issues that people just don’t really talk about, and you are afraid to even ask what to do next. These are the topics I want to talk about.

Ok Mom, Now What?

6 thoughts on “Welcome to Hey Mom, Now What

      1. Absolutely. Although today he acted a bit strangely, usually he runs to me, but today when he saw me, he started throwing the toys he was playing with… we picked them up together, but it’s weird, right ?

        1. I have 5 kids, the youngest just turned two. I also used to own and operate a licensed child care center that provided care for 55 kids. The reality is, kids do weird stuff sometimes! If your little guy acted this way once or maybe only occasionally, I wouldn’t worry too much over it. Parents need to pay attention when their kids change their usual habits and start showing new patterns. Maybe he was just really into playing and wasn’t ready to go home?

          1. Maybe, it was the first time, I thought “maybe he’s unhappy with me today”, but then we spent a lovely evening afterwards, it should be ok;)

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