Well, hello! I'm Kelly.
I’m a mom of four, a recovering perfectionist, and the author of a book called Happy You, Happy Family.
Through this community, I’ve chatted with thousands of parents over the years. And I’ve learned that we struggle with many of the same things, day in and day out. From feeling overwhelmed to handling temper tantrums to finding “me” time (ha!).
And as if those parenting struggles themselves weren’t enough, we set unrealistic expectations for ourselves. To do it all. To never lose our temper. To be the perfect parent.
But here’s the truth.
Parenting is hard enough without all the guilt we heap on top of ourselves. So let’s stop trying to be perfect parents and just be real ones.
Because you can find happiness in the chaos of parenting life.
- Who I Live With: My husband Ty and my kids – 11-year-old Abby, 6-year-old Bailey, 4-year-old Charlie, and toddler Finn.
- What I Do With My Time: Make lists, eat baked goods, and check out 50 library books at a time so we can make our famous family book lists.
- Where I Live: Austin, Texas, where the weather is gorgeous 2 weeks out of the year and absolutely miserable from May to October. (But those 2 weeks are totally worth it!)
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- Find Me: In your inbox or on Pinterest or Facebook. You can also drop me a line here.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
– Maya Angelou
How this community got started
Before my first child Abby was born, I had ideas. She was going to be born at a birthing center instead of a hospital, she wasn’t going to watch TV til the age of 5, and she wasn’t going to reinforce gender stereotypes by wearing pink.
Well. She was born by c-section, she watches approximately 3.5 movies each weekend, and her favorite color is pink – preferably in tutu form.
If you’ve ever gone into something – becoming a parent, starting a new job, buying a house – with visions of perfection dancing in your head, this blog is for you. Because it never quite turns out the way you pictured it, does it? And then you’re stuck feeling a bit like a failure on top of everything else.
This blog is about accepting the fact that we can’t make it perfect, but that doesn’t mean we’ll stop trying for the best. It’s about forgiving ourselves for the mistakes we make. But most of all, it’s about celebrating those delicious compromises that crop up at the intersection of perfect and good enough. Because when it comes down to it, I have to admit that pink tutus are pretty damn cute.