Hello! Here are some words about me:
I am Editor In Chief of Disney Interactive Family (scratch that: I was EIC of Disney Interactive Family, but am now a strategist working across a number of segments of the Walt Disney Company), the author of HerBadMother.com, and a recovering academic who still believes that, given a tear in the space-time continuum that adds six extra hours to every day, she will write the definitive work on the history of mothers in political thought, and/or a children’s book based on Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Emile (not really) (maybe). Her Bad Mother was named one of TIME’s Top 25 Blogs of 2012. Her Bad Mother is not exactly a mommy blog (or, hasn’t been for a while), but still: I proudly claim the mantle of MOMMY BLOGGER, not least because I’ve been called worse things.
I used to write here a lot, now somewhat less, because, you know: motherhood, work, life, Instagram. When I do write here, it’s mostly about surviving motherhood, sometimes about surviving womanhood, a lot about girlhood and childhood and exploring the world and raising children to be explorers of all worlds, real and imaginary, and more often than not about my belief that bad is, really, the new good. (I really do believe that bad is the new good. I named this blog on that principle. I wrote a Manifesto. I am that committed.) I’ve done some awesome stuff, including but not limited to: giving birth, twice – once in a truck, almost, and with no epidural, a story that I totally plan to twist into on the back of a turnip truck with a tequila-soaked rag clasped in mouth by the time that child is in his teens – meeting Grover, and being held captive on a Greek Island. I want to do more, though, because there’s still Elmo, and Madagascar. And I most want to make the world a better place, for moms and girls and children especially, but also everybody, really, even Oscar the Grouch, who really is just a misunderstood environmentalist.
I think about princesses a lot, in part because it’s been part of my professional life, but also because a) I have a girl who loves princesses, b) I have a boy who loves princesses, and c) I believe very firmly in the power of fairy tales, magic, and really sparkly dresses. Also, I can tell you how they fit into the history of social and political thought, and it takes a special kind of nerdery to do that.
Her Bad Mother has been mentioned in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the American Prospect, the London Times, and sundry other publications, as well as on CNN, ABC, CBC and the BBC online. I’ve made appearances on most major media outlets, including CNN, NPR, and Good Morning America, addressing all variety of topics related to motherhood, parenting and family life. In 2009, Babble.com named Her Bad Mother one of the top ten mommy blogs of 2009 in its list of the year’s Top 50 Mommybloggers, ranking it among the Best Written, Most Confessional, Most Controversial, Most Popular and Funniest mom blogs on the Internet. Then they did it again in 2010. Then they hired me and lured me to New York City, and then Disney acquired Babble and the rest is a long and sort of complicated history that you can trace through my blog and social media posts, or on the troll forum of your choice. The TIME Top 25 accolade was in 2012, and that may have been my peak, but I hope not. I live in Los Angeles now, and mostly don’t miss New York. Don’t even ask me about Canada.
My writing has also appeared in a variety of on- and off-line publications, a few books, and maybe one or two papyrus scrolls. I still dabble in the area of my academic work, which concerns women, mothers and the family in the history of political philosophy, with no small amount of attention to the place of story and storytelling in that history. I also speak regularly on motherhood and childhood, raising empowered girls, blogging family life, women and blogging, social media and marketing, and social media and social good, sometimes all the same time.
She might wear a tutu on her head, IF you ask her nicely. (‘Nicely’ = ‘offer cupcakes.’)
You can reach me by e-mailing her at herbadmother at gmail dot com. Messages sent by carrier pigeon are also welcome. Cookies and cupcakes should be FedExed.
Photo Credits: New York Times; Casey Mullins.