Hi. I’m Jenny and I’m an imperfect parent. Actually it’s worse. I’m not just imperfect but I make mistakes, a lot of them. Like all the time. But don’t let my husband or daughters read this though. To them I’m perfect and I know what I’m doing. And I will defend that point of view until I’m blue (or pink because we’re team pink over here) in the face. That’s perhaps one of my biggest flaws – I hate to admit I’m wrong especially to my husband. Anyways, I’m digressing from the point of this blog.
I’m here to confess that I’m not perfect. This parenting thing is HARD! I’ve read the books – Babywise, Healthy Habits Habits Baby, How to Behave So Your Preschooler Will too, etc- and yet I’m constantly making mistakes. Don’t get the wrong impression of me though. I’m a well-educated woman. I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and I’m a Florida licensed attorney practicing family law and a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator (with my own business Family Focused Mediation, Inc. – check out that blog and website too http://www.familyfocusedmediation.com familyfocusedmediation.blogspot.com). My credentials make it sound (to me at least) that I should have this parenting thing down pat. But the truth is, I don’t.
Let me break it down further. I have a 7 year old daughter, *L, and a 4 year old daughter, *M, and a new baby girl, *H. L is in 2nd grade, M is in preschool, and H is well just a baby. Yes, folks I have THREE daughters! And they rock my world! For the better obviously. But more so, they’ve made me become a very introspective person. My mind is constantly racing with new ideas, inventions, cure-alls, and just stuff! And yet with my cranial neurons continually firing off new things, I get nothing done. Even worse, I forget things and I’m racing to get it done at the last minute. I’m so much better at dispensing advice, then actually using it for my own well-being.
And that my friends is why this blog was born. I like to think I’m great at helping others deal with their personal issues, many times parenting issues – nursing advice, sleeping tips, correcting bad behavior, etc. Even bigger than that, I greatly enjoy guiding others with their family issues. I’m the third child in my family and the only girl, so naturally my birth order gave me the ability to mediate my brother’s quarrels and help “keep the peace” over all. But expect some funny/awkward/truth-telling parenting moments of my own. I’m sure you can relate. Parenting is complicated and stressful. It even sucks some times. But in the end, it’s worth every, single, stinking moment because my kids are my everything.
And Yes, I eat cookies for lunch if no one is watching!