HOMETOWN / WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW? I was born and raised in Orlando, FL but have lived most of my life in Atlanta
ON THE WEB RealATLhousewife.com
NUMBER OF CHILDREN 2 girls
DAY JOB Writer and Social Media Know-It-All at a small design studio.
RELATIONSHIP STATUS Separated, soon to be legally divorced
HOW DO YOU COMBINE WORK AND FAMILY?
My children are 15 and 10. For most of their lives I have been a stay-at-home mom. Recently, changes in our family, along with the girls’ increasing independence has brought me back to work that pays money.
HOW HAS PARENTING CHANGED YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL?
It has forced me to grow in ways I might not have grown if I weren’t a parent. I learned that I was a lot more selfish than I realized. I learned how to give up my immediate gratification for the good of the family. I’ve also learned I am capable of much more than I thought I was.
HOW HAS PARENTING IMPACTED YOUR RELATIONSHIP?
Well, our divorce is almost final after 25 years together, if that’s an answer. 😉
WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS AS A PARENT AND WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES?
My strength is probably that I am very accepting of my kids and I rarely push them to be something different from what they are.
My weakness is that I am very accepting of my kids and I rarely push them to be something different from what they are.
WHAT ARE YOUR PARTNER’S STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES?
Even though we are no longer together, my former husband is a caring dad. Ironically, his relationship with both girls has deepened since we’ve been apart. He’s a much better father when he doesn’t have to do it full-time.
WHO ELSE PROVIDES CHILDCARE FOR YOUR CHILDREN?
Now that the kids are older, we don’t have to ask for much help from friends or family. Yay! (It’s one of the perks of the tween years.)
DO ANY OF YOUR CHILDREN HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS? AND IF SO, HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOUR PARENTING?
My older daughter has special needs and has had struggles in school since she started. It’s been challenging, exhausting, occasionally hopeful, and a great lesson in loving detachment. Because she’s older – and the Internet is forever! – I won’t go into any more detail than that…
WHAT IS YOUR WORST PARENTING MOMENT?
There is no way I could list them all. Really. The shame alone would make me jump off a bridge.
WHAT IS YOUR BEST PARENTING MOMENT?
Hard to choose one instance, but I think in general, I’m proud of how I’ve been there for them. Whenever they’ve needed me. I’m lucky my circumstances allowed that.