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Link to the website: http://betteraskyourmom.com/

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Our blogger of the week is Lynn from Better Ask Your Mom. You will love this blog!

What inspired you to start your blog?

It’s more of whom inspired me to start my blog. The answer might surprise you… It was Arianna Huffington. One night after my newborn daughter fell asleep, I opened up a “note” on my iPhone and just poured out all my postpartum new mom feelings and emotions. A couple months later I submitted that piece of writing to The Huffington Post. The day I submitted it I received a personal response of approval from Arianna herself, which then ignited a catalyst inside of me.

To give you a full candid picture, I found out I was pregnant exactly one month after I graduated with my masters in child development, so my post-graduate career was brief. I was employed at a job that I loved, at a hospital I loved. But between the combination of being pregnant and a job offer my husband received back in our home state, we decided to move. While I was pregnant, (and after my daughter was born) I had several interviews, but quickly found jobs listed as “part-time” actually meant 35 hours a week. After a lot of consideration (and a little bit of personal anguish), I decided the best option for my family was going to be for me to be a stay at home mom.

Arianna’s approval was the push I needed to dig my way out of the current pit I felt I was in; the pit of “I-feel-guilty-for-being-a-stay-at-home-mom-but-can’t-imagine-not-staying-home.” To borrow the words of the incredible Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, I “put a pencil to my temple and connected it to my brain.” I decided to merge my personal humor with my knowledge of child development, fueled by the questions that parents and caregivers submitted. So, from the ashes of my mommy guilt fire, “Better Ask Your Mom” was born.

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What is your blog about?

My blog is about giving research based, developmental theory enriched parenting “advice” to the questions parents and caregivers submit, served up hot with a side of humor. I put advice in quotes, because the mantra of my blog (and my life) is that there is, “no one best way to do anything.” My goal is to provide the theory and latest research that may support or help explain what is going on with their child, but the end result is completely dependent on the caregiver’s choice. I want to help inform and educate parents about their children, not tell them exactly what to do. At the end of the day the caregiver ALWAYS knows their child better than any professional, medical staff or other person on the planet.

What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about helping children and their families in any capacity, but especially those in medically based settings. I am a certified child life specialist, which is a professional who helps children and families mitigate any potential negative psycho-social effects that may occur during inpatient or outpatient visits to the hospital. Child life specialists accomplish this through developmentally appropriate preparation, play, support, education for the child and family. I loved working as a child life specialist, but I also have found that I really love helping children and families through the questions that roll in through the blog.

On a more personal note, I’m pretty passionate about a full night of sleep, strong coffee, and actually eating dinner while it’s hot these days. 

Where do you see your blog in five years?

In five years I hope my blog is thriving with a solid base of followers who still find the information provided helpful, and my writing (at least) a little funny. An interview with Oprah or Ellen would be pretty cool too. (Just putting that out in the universe!). *Waves fingers back and forth in a mysterious way.*

Link to the website: http://betteraskyourmom.com/

Link to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/betteraskyourmom/

Link to our Twitter account: https://twitter.com/BetterAskYourMa