My full name is Samantha but almost everyone who knows me calls me “Sam.” Iâ€™m married with thousands of children (okay, four, to be specific). But I digress.
My children range in age adult to elementary school age. Yes. Iâ€™m not kidding. And theyâ€™re all mine. By the way, the last two areÂ identical twin boys, hence the name of this blog, Multiple Mayhem Mamma.
This is me.
In my “day job,” I run my own Communications/PR Consultancy (for more information, click here). On a personal level, I also write about Parenting - a lot - as a cathartic outlet which I find to be the perfect antidote to my very busy and often crazy life. Â
After working both in the public sector and technology, I made a career change and moved to public relations. Working in two very fast-paced PR agencies for almost 10 years was great - I learned a lot about the industry and honed my skills in all areas of the business. Things changed in 2009 when I had my twin boys. Nothing could have prepared me for the craziness of two babies, let alone one. Madness. Anyway, like many women, I thought I could do it all and have it all. After a yearâ€™s maternity leave, I returned to work. My boys were one and guess what? They didnâ€™t care that I had to work in the morning; they liked staying up all night regardless. Letâ€™s just say that a full-time, faced-paced career in a PR agency does not mix with young children.
In my frustration and sleep deprivation, I started this blog. There was no rhyme or reason for it other than the fact that I really needed an outlet and a blog seemed like a good place to start. Of course I had no idea what I was doing but, being a foolhardy sort, I hit “publish” nonetheless.
A few months after starting the blog, I realized that the work-life balance was centered more on work than on life. It was too much with the kids (particularly since my boys were waking up multiple times during the night) so I threw caution to the wind and resigned my Account Manager position at the agency. I had no job lined up and no plans for anything, really. Very risky and stupid, I admit, but I was at my witâ€™s end and the lack of sleep had made me delirious. Shortly after resigning, I started my writing and PR consultancy, Triple M Communications.
Things went well and I continued to provide freelance writing for a number of publications and communications services for various clients. Realizing that above all, writing is my true love, I was stillÂ plugging away at my blog as itâ€™s the best way to both connect with like-minded parents who are equally frazzled and often exasperated at parenting. Having been through parenting from infancy to adulthood already (learn about how Iâ€™ve raised four kids in four decades, here), Iâ€™m happy to share the advice and tips about what does and doesnâ€™t work to those who are looking for answers. On the flip side of the spectrum, Iâ€™m doing it all over again in a different time, a different world with different issues and concerns. In this regard, I, like everyone, am grasping for answers on how to parent best. I often feel like I have no idea about what Iâ€™m doing and welcome any and all advice and feedback because after all, it takes a village, doesnâ€™t it?
Iâ€™m still struggling with reaching the perfect “work-life balance” but realize that itâ€™s a give and take and that some days are going to be more crazy than others. As well, not everything is going to get done and thatâ€™s okay, too.
The “Multiple Mayhem” in the title of this blog can be attributed to these two monkeys:
The fun never ends with these crazy kids!
My lovely daughters balance out the insanity:
IÂ love â€™em all to tears. But Iâ€™m still frazzled.
Mr. Multiple Mayhem Mamma and I spend much of our time running after kids, putting out fires, and feeling like Drill Sergeants as we try to keep the mayhem under control. Letâ€™s just say that weâ€™re looking forward to the future which holds the promise of uninterrupted sleep, meals and a walls that are devoid of fingerprints and Crayola masterpieces. Until then, Iâ€™ll continue to write about the craziness of it all and along provide you with practical tips and advice that Iâ€™ve figured out over my parenting journey.
This is my life. Thanks for joining me on this crazy ride that is parenthood.
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