Every had an imperfect mom moment? A complete and utter mommy meltdown? When you know the kids are being kids, but you are overwhelmed by the situation and just can’t take anymore? Well thankfully, I know now I am not the only one.
Last year, I had the opportunity to read and review The Mother of All Meltdowns for their kickoff blog tour. Written by various mom bloggers, these ladies show us that No Mother Is Perfect, that it’s okay to meltdown just like our kids who we adore. Their stories are candid, relatable and often poignant. With Mother’s Day approaching, Mother of All Meltdowns makes a great gift for moms-to-be, new moms and veteran moms alike.
This year, they are launching another blog tour and today is my chance to tell you about this great book and get to know one of the talented authors better. The first essay in The Mother of All Meltdowns, is “Not According to Plan” by Lisa Witherspoon of The Golden Spoons. Lisa is from my home state of NC, and mom to 3 girls. Lisa tells how her daughter’s birth is not according to the birth plan she wrote. And as all moms know, life with kids is often not according to our plans, but more rewarding, joyous and magical than we ever thought it would be. I delivered three boys and not one of them stuck to my “birth plan”, I should’ve known then what a roller coaster ride they would take me on. Without further ado, I bring you my interview of Lisa:
1. Before having kids, which TV mom did you want to be like? After having kids, which TV mom are you most like?
Before I had kids, I thought I would be like June Cleaver. Clean house, supper on the table promptly at 6:00, always calm & collected. Now that I actually do have kids, I realize how ridiculous that was! Now,I am probably a combination – a little Claire Huxtable, a little Reba, and a little Claire Dunphy.
2. Favorite books/movies/TV shows
I tend to like romantic comedy movies. Some of my favorites are One Fine Day, Hope Floats, and The Blind Side.
3. If you could give your first time mom self one piece of advice, what would it be?
My advice would be to trust your instincts. You can read tons of parenting books and get advice from all kinds of people, but at the end of the day, you know your kid(s) better than anyone else. Listen to your instincts and you will be just fine.
4. What phrase did your parent say that you thought you would never say to your kids but you do?
I used to get upset because, especially when we were teenagers, my brother who is two years older than me, got a little more freedom (i.e. driving at night, etc.) My parents said it was different because I was a girl and thought that was very unfair. Now, I have three daughters (karma??) and I totally get it!
5. Describe the most surprising lesson your kids have taught you.
I think the most surprising thing I have learned is how much you can love someone else. They say having kids is like walking around with your heart not he outside of your body. That is so true. There is no one in the world that can drive me as crazy as they do, but also no one else I love as much or in the same way.
6. Which Friend would be your best friend and why, Monica, Phoebe or Rachel?
That’s a tough one. Probably Monica because we are the most alike – control freak, insecure, etc.
7. What was your dream job when you were growing up?
I always wanted to be a teacher and that is exactly what I became. I’m sure at some point I had dreams of being rich and famous, though!
8. What is your secret talent?
You know, for the longest time I had a tough time with this question. I am not artistic or musical or crafty. A few years ago, I would have said I don’t have any talents. I am learning, though, that talents come in all different forms. Obviously, I am a writer. I am also an organizer, a good leader, and a good mom.
9. What are your 3 favorite blogs?
Oh, there are some many I love that it is very hard to narrow it to three! I love the photos that Tamara share (www.tamaracamerablog.com). Chris at The Mom Cafe (www.themomcafe.com) always has a way of saying jut exactly what I need to hear with her devotional series. Robin from Robin Kramer Writes (www.robinkramerwrites.com) was one of the first bloggers that ever became a virtual friend and, although we have never met in person, we are kindred spirits. I could go on and on, but you only asked for three!
10. Where is your favorite family vacation spot in NC?
It’s a toss up. Every year, my husband’s family all get together and rents a big house at the beach – usually Sunset Beach or Ocean Isle. I love the beach and look forward to this every year. However, I grew up near Blowing Rock and there is nothing quite like the comfort and familiarity the mountains bring to me.
11. Name 3 things on your bucket list.
I want to travel lots more. I didn’t travel much before I met my husband, but he has taken me lots of places and it makes me want to see more. I want to see my grandchildren and see my girls become mothers themselves. That’s only two, but that would be enough!
Thanks Lisa for allowing me to interview you for this tour. To find more author interviews and book reviews, be sure to stop by the Mother of all Meltdowns Events page. The Mother of all Meltdowns is available on Amazon for only $0.99 until May 11th. Grab your copy now!
But wait, there’s more! The Mother of All Meltdowns has also launched their new No Mother Is Perfect community. A community for the perfectly imperfect mother! A place where you can let your guard down and talk about the meltdowns, struggles, and less rosy aspects of being a mom.
And since no mother is perfect and we could also use some coffee, chocolate, wine and pampering, they are hosting a fantastic giveaway. Click on the picture to be taken to the giveaway, sponsored by The Oaks at Ojai, Cariloha, Wicker Central, Metropolis Coffee Company, Wind & Fire Jewelry, Chuao Chocolatier, Global Rose, & Anew Riesling .
I hope all you kid moms, pet moms, Godmothers, grandmothers and other moms out there have a fun, fabulous and meltdown-free Mother’s Day! Enjoy the tour and hope to chat with you more on the No Mother is Perfect forum!
What TV mom are you like? What have your kids taught you? Feel free to let me know in the comments your answers to my interview questions!