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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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Good Clean Fun: Domestically Challenged

Are you June Cleaver? Martha Stewart, maybe? Yea, me neither. But it doesn't mean that I don't aspire to be a domestic goddess. Futile as that pursuit might be ... I just might come a little closer, though -- and you can, too -- if you read Alana's blog Domestically Challenged.

Alana is amazing! She admits she's no June or Martha, either, but that doesn't mean she isn't full of awesome tips -- from cooking to ADHD, this teacher has fabulous resources. I'm so excited to introduce her to you today! Alana, take it away ...

Oh, man. This is SO exciting! This will mark the first time that I have been featured on a blog that I am a regular reader of. Squeeee!

Wait. This is stressful. I mean, I read this blog all the time. Am I cool enough to be here? I mean, everyone else is just so funny.

Ok. I think I'm ready now. LOL But wait, what about the introduction? I mean, I don't want to sound like I am introducing myself at an AA meeting...

"Hi, my name is Alana."

"Hi Alana!"

"Hi. I've been blogging off and on for 6 years..."

Do you SEE what kind of PRESSURE I put on myself???

I think I'll just jump right in. My name is Alana Morales and my little corner of the interwebz is Domestically Challenged. I got the term from my husband and yes he called me that. Still does, in fact. The difference is that I now know enough to know that he is right. :) I blog parenting hints and tips for moms who aren't of the June Cleaver crowd. It's not that I don't like June, it's just that I will NEVER come close to her standards. So I lowered mine.

Here's my story: When my second child was born, I became a SAHM. I had NEVER wanted to be a SAHM until about 3 days before we made the decision. I had NO idea what I was doing.

After nerding out and researching how to be a SAHM, I wrote a book for new SAHM's who were like me. Moms who were at home and confused and still in their pajamas at dinner time. I mean, how am I supposed to keep the house clean when we are there ALL THE TIME? I aimed to answer these questions and more.

Fast forward a few years. You will now find me managing a household full of ADHD and domestically challenged peeps. Both of my kids have ADHD. This makes life interesting. I am also a teacher, which makes life as a working mom busy. I am also working on a working mom version of my book, which makes me crazy.

I am currently trying to stop mainlining Pepsi as I find time to write, parent, work and occasionally sleep. Don't we all?

Looking for help? Check out my articles on once a month cooking, guerrilla sleep tactics for parents or dealing with being overwhelmed.

Want a laugh? Read my letter that was written by my daughter about why she hides food under her pillow, the time my husband cleaned my daughter off with the garden hose, or about how my daughter was *that* kid at dance class. I left out the one about my daughter making an elevator in her closet (complete with buttons written in permanent marker on the door) and painting the bathroom in toothpaste.

It's a laugh a minute, folks.

On a serious note, my goal is to help moms. I understand that sometimes you just have to do what works for you and forget what everyone else tells you. If you are having a parenting issue, drop me a line and I'll see if I can help. As a parent and a teacher, I have a unique perspective on things. Including the black hole of childhood, aka middle school and other fun and drink-inducing topics.

Melinda, thank you SO very much for thinking enough of me to share your space. I needed a nice long soak in a warm tub and this really hit the spot!

You can find me over at Domestically Challenged, Mommy ADD, Facebook and Twitter!

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  1. Oh this is my kind of mom! Thanks for the intro, I am off to check out this great mama!

  2. It was nice to meet you Alana! You certainly have a full plate, and after reading your post, quite frankly I don't know how you do it all!!

    I guess I'll have to hope over to your blog and see just how you do, do it all!

  3. I'm a bit domestically challenged myself, depending on who you compare me to!

    Off to check out Alana.

  4. Wow, Alana, did you even take a breath while you wrote that? Whew. You are busy. And funny, too.

    I'll check out your site.

    Thanks Melinda, she's a cutie.


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