We are so excited about being able to share perspectives of all sorts of mamas here at Tots2Tweens because no two mothers live the same story, and wouldn’t life be boring if they did?!
We’re just keeping it real (with a little bit of flair and good old fashioned storytelling for interest of course!).
Home: In Maryland
Owner of: What Now and Why, The Wannabe Suburban Urban Mom blog
Meet the Family: Married, 3 kids, ages 10, 8 & 2
Why we love her: Because she’s writing for us of course! Kidding. Mostly. We like her because she’s real, and interesting, and stuff too. Her blog is not always about her kids and it’s not always about herself. It’s a good mix of life, past, present, and future!
Why she wants you to check out her site: I’m an ordinary mom trying to make it just like everyone else. But my voice and writing style are anything but ordinary. My thoughts, beliefs, and opinions are relevant, and my experience (highs and lows) as a wife, mother, blogger, and consumer offers readers a fresh take on, well, everything (and sometimes I’m funny). .
A Mom With a Secret
I am a stickler on flossing and brushing and limiting their consumption of candy and sugary drinks. But. (And yes, I’m whispering now while looking over my shoulder to make sure they’re not near): I hide candy on top of the refrigerator where they can’t see it. My name is Arnebya. And I am a private candy eater. Why, hello, Halloween.
The Joy of Learning
Finding inspiration in life is not hard for Arnebya. For her it can be easily located all around. When I hear my toddler sing a song or tell me a color correctly, or sing the alphabet while strumming an actual guitar, the ability of our brains to take in, give back, and retain is amazing. No matter the age, when someone masters a skill (like the adults I tutor in reading), it is a heartwarming and astounding feat to witness. Also, my older girls have yet to feel as though there is nothing they can’t do. They are fearless and determined to be multiple professions at once. And I believe they will be.
Claire Huxtable Syndrome
Seems to be something moms everywhere are falling victim to: the desire to be a strong woman and loving, attentive mother, while also being a good partner and friend. Ahhh, living the dream! And, Arnebya agrees, Claire Huxtable was tough when necessary, calm when necessary. She communicated with her children, directly. Theirs was a household of ordinary kids, of two working parents in “real” jobs who were managing five children and their marriage. I like to think that her character was not entirely fictional, and that I’m living parts of it today.
Want to keep up with Arnebya’s story? Check out her blog, What Now and Why and be sure to watch for her posts right her at Tots2Tweens also!
You can also find her Tweeting with the best of us as @whatnowandwhy
About Amanda Rodriguez
Amanda is your friendly, neighborhood T2T head blogger. She is in charge of bringing the blog awesome to Tots2Tweens on a daily basis! She is a married mom to three cool Dudes (ages 3, 6, & 9) and one baby dog daughter. In addition to making magic here on Tots2Tweens she also writes a pretty fan-freakin-tastic humor parenting blog called parenting BY dummies. When she’s not bringing the pain online or chasing her Dudes up and down a field of some sort she is behind her camera capturing memories for gorgeous people with her Maryland photography business. She also enjoys reality TV (she was even on a show once!), baked goodness, and watching other people take long walks on the beach.