I am a stay-at-home mom of three: Twin A and Twin B (my three and a half year old twin boys) and The Princess (my one and a half year old daughter). I have been happily married to my husband for over ten years. I also provide full-time daycare to my two and a half year old nephew - four days a week, 10 hours a day. I run a "Moms Morning Out" program on Tuesday and Thursday mornings here at my house for three extra kids. I know it sounds like a lot, but I'm doing what I can so I can afford to stay home and send my boys to preschool. In my "former life" I was an elementary school teacher who also loved singing and performing in community theater.Eventually I began teaching again, and changed the title of my blog so it no longer referred to me as a stay-at-home-mom. I became more aware of the fact that lots of people who knew me were reading my blog, which, even though I did not mind at all, might bother my kids as they got older. I went back through my blog and took out all references to my family's actual names and attempted to make the blog anonymous.
Over the years I was reprimanded more than once by my school after mentioning anything related to the school. I never wrote anything negative, and each time it happened I immediately deleted the post that had been considered problematic. Every time I wrote something new that was later considered offensive in some way to people at my school I truly believed I was sticking to what I had been instructed, but each time it was pointed out to me that I was wrong. I first had mentioned something about a student, without referring to a name or even a gender, but it was pointed out to me that since we were a small school people could quickly figure out who I meant. Hmmm. Never thought about that. I quickly deleted that post and vowed to never refer to a student again. Later I mentioned something about my assistant leaving and the new assistant joining the school, again not mentioning names and keeping it positive. It was pointed out to me that I was told not to write about school. I had not really heard it that way, but if that was what was meant, I could understand their concern. That post was quickly deleted. the last straw for me was when I recently wrote about a discussion I had with a colleague that really helped me, giving me new insight to myself. Apparently that was considered to be especially offensive since the colleague had considered that to be a private conversation and even though I painted an extremely positive picture of her and the fact that she helped me so much, she didn't like it. I deleted that post and decided to close that blog.
Which brings us to this brand new blog. I decided to make a clean break, so I have not given the name or address of this new blog to many people. Of course, that also meant the people who had been reading my old blog do not know the name or address of this blog either, so it feels like I am starting from scratch with my readership, but hopefully that will change soon.
And that's the story about this blog. Aren't you glad you asked?