All posts by Paulette Parker

A wife and mother of two girls trying to balance career, school and family while (kinda) holding it all together.

Why I Embrace Being A Hot Mess Mom

My name is Paulette and I’m a hot mess mom. I don’t live a pretty, Instagram perfect life. My house is often a mess. On any given day I have at least two baskets of clean laundry that need to be put away – but probably won’t. I often use TV to distract my kids…

Fiction Friday: “A Life of Sundays”

The sun warmed her face as it shined through the white sheer curtains. A breeze blowing through the window shifted and folded the fabric, casting shadows onto the wall. She rolled over; her head coming to rest at the edge of the memory foam pillow. She lowered the white down comforter, tucking it at her…

Finding Innocence In The Face Of Tragedy

I woke up yesterday to news of the tragedy in Las Vegas. It made me wish I could pull my blanket over my head and go back to sleep until the world gets better. Unfortunately, hiding from life isn’t an option. So, I got up and got my kids ready for school. My innocent kids.…

Why I’m perfectly fine with being imperfect

I’ve been missing from my blog for a while. It’s not that I haven’t had anything to say. It’s just that I haven’t had the time or energy to write it. Between life and family and work and school, my schedule has been eating me alive. I’m over-extended and overwhelmed. And one of the biggest…

It’s My 6 Month Blogiversary. Here’s What I’ve Learned So Far.

This month marks six months since I’ve committed myself to this blog. I’ve blogged on and off for years. I’ve bought domain names and shut them down. But six months ago I decided to really commit to building something here at Socially Awkward Mom. To celebrate, I’d like to share 6 things I’ve learned the…

How Ditching Coffee For Tea Helped My Anxiety

How many cups of coffee do you need to get through the day? I’ll admit, I used to be a coffee addict. My day didn’t start without a cup. And I usually had one – or two – more to get through to the evening. But now I don’t drink it at all. Seriously. Before…

Help! I’m Sending My Youngest Off To Kindergarten.

I can’t believe it’s already August – the Sunday of summer. Pretty soon summer vacation will be over. It’s time to get back to a routine. Time to buy backpacks and supplies and uniforms. The end of summer is always bittersweet. My soon-to-be 4th grader loves school and is always excited to go back. But…

Video: What Happened When My Mom Read My Blog

It’s been nearly six months since I began treatment for my anxiety and depression. Around the same time I started this blog to chronicle my experience with mental illness. Here’s an update on my mental health journey and the (not so) surprising reaction from my mom when she read my blog.