I wrote Happy Housewives in 2005. I had young children and I was struggling after I left my career to be a stay at home mom. Looking back it was the best decision of my life. Now my kids are adults off in college and graduate school. The one thing I know for sure, I wish I could do it all again. I miss having babies. I miss the kids coming home after school. I miss making them dinner. I miss the chaos of having kids in the house.
Being a SAHM was the best gift of my life. While I had a fun but short career in television, I felt fulfilled because I was making six figures by age 28 in Manhattan working for a National Cable Network and I already earned the title of Senior Producer. Trading my briefcase for a diaper bag was tough but it was the decision I always knew I would make. I always knew I wanted to raise my babies. I was lucky to be married to a man who could provide that for me.
I was raised in a traditional, household. The men brought in the bacon and the women cooked it up. I also was raised by parents who always told me I could do anything I wanted, be anything I wanted, and they built my confidence and self esteem. My parents would say ‘go have your career’ but then also they would say ‘nothing is more important than caring for your family.’
I found a way to work from home. I wrote a book Happy Housewives and based on that premise I had successful blog, podcast, website, and radio show.
My husband worked in television, he had long hours and I had to hold down the fort. Then he worked in the White House. That was a great adventure. We are lucky and grateful to have had so many interesting opportunities. I will share those memories and our busy life with you here on this website and through social media.
I retired the very successful website Happy Housewives Club which was a huge enjoyment for me. I met so many wonderful women in my chat rooms. I believe we helped change many lives for the better. I know they all changed me for the better. But now all of our kids are older. So what is next for us? And with all of the political insanity going on in our country, how do we take our traditional role, point of view, beliefs and expectations and combine them with the fast push towards progressive liberalism we are headed towards? Do we stay stuck in our old ways? Do we try to adjust?
One thing I know for sure is that my kids do not think the way I do. So do I stay disconnected from them or do I find a way to melt our worlds together? Can I find a way to put a modern twist on the traditional family? I have to. We all do.