Thursday, October 28, 2010
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. 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!