If you were a fly on the wall at my house, you'd be sure to hear your share of fussing, complaining and whining. Maybe even a slammed door or two.

But enough about me.

In the pressure cooker that's parenting, I have exploded more than once. And it's harder to clean up than spaghetti night with a toddler.

So after years spent indulging in fruitless self-flogging, I finally let go of my obsession with getting it all 'just right.' I confess...I'm not a perfect parent.

Whew. That felt good.

Now, when my son saunters in with his 42nd tardy of the school year, I let it go. When I hear myself hollering "Whatever!" at my teenage daughter, I move on.

Having it all together is overrated anyway.

And I've determined not to waste God's grace. I'll never get it just right. You won't, either. So read on, sister. If you see a little of yourself in me, I hope it helps to know that you're not alone. Nope. If you're a mom, face it. You're never, ever alone.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Good Clean Fun: Calling Dr. Mom!

Are you a weary and worn-out mama? Dr. Mom has the prescription!
And that's why Melissa from Confessions of a Dr. Mom is my Good Clean Fun Blog of the Week! Melissa is a pediatrician turned stay-at-home mom who definitely knows that children don't always follow the manual. She offers valuable, practical advice while being honest about the fact that just because she has M.D. after her name doesn't mean she doesn't struggle with potty training and separation anxiety issues just like the rest of us! Plus, she is warm, caring, fun and supportive. I just love her. And I know you will, too.

I launched Good Clean Fun months ago, but am ashamed to admit I got off track. After I was recently featured by
ThetaMom and Things I Can't Say, I felt so special. And I decided it was high time I got back to sharing the love and introducing my readers to my great blog finds again. So, Good Clean Fun is back as a weekly feature!
Take it away, Melissa ...
I am so honored to be here at Melinda's place today. Ever since finding her through Theta Mom, I have been reading and loving her! Thank you so much Melinda for sharing your readers with me today, I look forward to meeting them. Here is a little bit about me and why I started to blog.
In a nutshell, I am a pediatrician turned stay at home mom. I am married with two wonderful children ages 3 and 5. I never imagined my life as a SAHM, and yet, I can no longer imagine it any other way. My journey through Motherhood is nothing unique. I face the same issues most mothers do. However, I was not at all prepared to feel so inept at times. To feel like I was making mistakes left and right.

Truth is, I was living the reality of parenting and mothering, something no text book can teach. I felt I was expected to know the ins and outs of parenting and caring for my babies. Problem is, no two children are exactly alike, thus, parenting is never a one size fits all.

So, I finally decided to start writing about it. About it all. The myths, the fallacies, my "confessions" as a pediatrician/mom, because life with children rarely plays out according to even the best laid plans. I wanted to reach out to other Moms and let them know, it's okay...to be unsure, to make mistakes, to toss out the guide books.

The best thing I ever did as a Mom was tune in to my Mommy Intuition and let it be my guide. Of course, I'm still a pediatrician, I'm just on hiatus, so I'm all about the safety and keeping up with current guidelines. Now, I just know when there are certain things I can take with a grain of salt.

I love sharing my personal parenting experiences with my readers and letting those stories be launch points for discussion on specific parenting topics. I try to find the humor and beauty in the everyday challenges of raising children. Some days are great and some days are not. It's life.

Hopefully by sharing our stories, we can learn from each other. Help each other see something maybe we overlooked. My children are truly my on-the-job training in more ways than one. I like to think I have a very private practice of two very rambunctious, yet adorable, patients who are teaching me more than I could ever have hoped.

Thanks for sharing with us, Melissa! Be sure to visit Melissa's blog and make her feel like Queen for a Day!


  1. We all make mistakes. There is no perfect mom I am reminded of often. Still striving though! :O)

  2. Thank you Melinda! You are so kind to feature me today. I hope you have a most wonderful weekend:)

  3. Great interview! We are all in the same boat, in the learning as you go-no matter haow many books are out there. :) Have a great weekend, Melinda.

  4. You know I always love to meet someone new & Melinda I always trust your recommendations! I will pop over & say hello!

  5. Hello Melinda,
    Thanks for sharing...I've always enjoy visiting others from your Good Clean Fun...
    I'll be dropping by Melissa's blog soon..

  6. I'm a few days late but heading on over to Confessions of a Dr. Mom now! Thanks for referring great bloggers to us. :)

  7. Sure, I'll stop by and visit Melissa's blog.

    Great interview!

    Sweet dreams.


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