Today I have an interview with author & blogger Jen Hogan! Jen writes for the Irish Examiner & Irish Independent and also writes a parenting blog called Mama-Tude. Jen has appeared on TV several times and has contributed to many top publications around the country. She has a new book out called The Real Mum’s Guide to Surviving Parenthood.
Oh, and did I mention she is a mom to seven kids?! Super Mom comes to mind! So needless to say I’m thrilled to have an interview with this amazing lady today! And maybe we can get a few secrets to how she does it all.
I met Jen at the Boots Maternity & Infant Awards in Dublin. As her blog, Mama-Tude was a fellow finalist for the Best Parenting Blog Award! Jen and I hit it off right away. I felt like I had met a kindred spirit and reading her book has confirmed that. She’s full of positive advice and is a caring and fun person to be around.
The Real Mum’s Guide to Surviving Parenthood
I bought Jen’s new book, The Real Mum’s Guide to Surviving Parenthood the day after the awards. It made for excellent reading for the train ride home from Dublin.
I laughed, I cried, & I felt Jen’s love and genuine caring for fellow mothers pour through the pages. For me, that’s the mark of an excellent book!
Jen’s book begins with morning sickness and wraps up with teenage years. I wish I had this book when I was expecting any of my three kids. She validated so many of the feelings I had when I was pregnant and a new mother and put aside the pressures that can be put on expectant and new mothers.
I love that Jen gets personal in her book and shares some tough stories of loss and her emotions. I know this book is going to be uplifting for so many women.
I’d recommend The Real Mum’s Guide to Surviving Parenthood to any mother, regardless of how old her children. The book is relevant for all mothers & is full of positivity and validates mum thoughts and feelings. And it’s filled with great advice and some fab tips too.
Meet Jen Hogan
I’m really thrilled that Jen agreed to answer a few questions about her life & book. So without further ado, let’s get to know Jen!
It’s fantastic and exhausting in near equal measure being a mum to 7. It’s an absolute privilege and I know how lucky I am but the work load is definitely not for the faint hearted. The best thing about it undoubtedly is seeing them together and the love and friendship that exists between them (when they’re not killing each other that is) and the hardest thing is trying to meet the needs of so many different age groups at the same time. I love and continue to be amused on a near basis by how different they are to each other in spite of the same ingredients.
One piece of advice I would offer to parents is to be realistic with your expectations. The demands of modern day parenthood are very different to yesteryear and it’s not possible to have it all, so cut yourself some slack. If you spend too much time trying to be perfect in everything you do, you’re destined for stress, disappointment and ultimately enduring parenthood rather than enjoying it.
I really wanted to write about real parenthood, from a real parent’s perspective. Having seven children I’ve had the chance to parent so many different personalities and I’ve learned that what works for one child doesn’t necessarily for another. Real parents live out life in the real, not necessarily ideal, world where where every sibling can be afforded identical rearing. Often by the time child two or three comes along, child one is already in school – so there’s a whole different timetable and dynamic to be factored in. I also wanted to write a book that reflected the emotional investment in child rearing, not just one that dealt with the practicalities.
It was so lovely to meet you as a fellow finalist for Best Parenting Blog at the Boots Maternity & Infant Awards. Tell us a little bit about your blog, Mama-Tude & what you write about.
It was so lovely to meet you too Becky. Well Mama-tude is a blog all about rearing seven children. I write about the adventures we have, the mischief the children get into and the struggles and battles that we all face as parents. i also share some tips that I’ve found work for me. I also share the newspaper articles I write on Mama-tude social media and links to radio and television appearances. These tend to be mostly parent and child related subjects so generally of interest and relevance to the lovely people who follow me.
What are your upcoming plans for Mama-Tude? Are you thinking about writing another parenting book in the future?
I love company and I love socialising – particularly if there’s dancing involved! I have very little down time these days but catching up with friends or getting out with my hubby always manages to recharge my batteries nicely. I also love singing, and I’m planning to join a choir again, as soon as things settle down a little.