As a single mom working part-time, managing a blog, writing freelance for other publications, and starting school next week, I love any blogger who will make me feel better about not leading a perfectly balanced life. Alana Morales of Domestically Challenged rescued me from thinking Martha Stewart should be a role model. Thank you Alana!
As I become more stressed as the beginning of school approaches in a few days, this is the perfect blog for Blogs to Bookmark this week.
Here’s how Alana describes her blog:
I’m a parenting expert for the rest of us. The moms who sometimes feed our kid too many chicken nuggets. The ones who are lucky if our kids leave the house in clean clothes, much less match all the time. The ones who do what it takes to raise good kids – even if it isn’t “right” or what everyone else does.
Alana is a mom, wife, teacher, parenting expert, and author of Domestically Challenged. She writes for her own blog as well as other publications. Alana is a super-mom without having any Martha tendencies.
Yes, I Have No Balance is a recent post that resonated for me. Alana so eloquently stated that striving for balance “is a crock of shit.” She believes balance is a myth, but happiness is attainable. Read this inspiring post; it made a difference for me and I know it will for you too.
Alana also gives realistic tips to have a less stressful week. Easier meals for the week is covered in Menu Plan Monday-Getting Started With Once a Week/Month Cooking. She gives great advice on how to approach bulk cooking with links to recipes and other great sites.
There are great posts about becoming more organized. Alana even admits she can’t see the floor in her kids’ rooms (I love this woman). She has great posts on house management. One recent post, Do You Have a Homework Station, is a must-read for anyone with school-age children. Some of the suggestions I already have in place, but there is room for me to improve our homework area. Alana has tips to help me have an even better workspace for my kids.
Didn’t I already proclaim one of Alana’s posts was a must-read for everyone? Well, here is another must-read: Do You Eat Family Dinners? Alana did a great job writing a post for families to establish a family dinner schedule. Go read this piece!
To help moms avoid “mommy burn-out,” Alana wrote Real Moms…Take Care of Themselves. Read this post if you feel you need permission to rest and care of yourself. Alana will make you feel better about the dishes piling up over the weekend.
Alana has a special talent of giving moms permission to be imperfect, but encouraging us to improve. It is never done by harping or touting that she is perfect. I never feel like a horrible mom because Alana is pushing perfection. Instead, Alana finds a way to let readers know she struggles too, but there are ways to make multi-tasking easier and to be happier. Best of all, it is delivered without guilt.
I highly recommend her book as well!