We’re so excited to have our friend and author, Jenny Sulpizio, with us today! Jenny recently released her first book, Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wannabe: On A Mission To Save Sanity, One Mom At A Time!
Jenny is a “real” girl. Her book is packed with authentic stories of the good, bad and ugly trials and trumphs of her life as a mom mortal. Along the way, she provides humor, God-given wisdom and super-practical advice to help moms tackle the big and little trials of motherhood.cON
So, take off your capes, mamas, and let’s sit down for a chat with Jenny. She may not be a superhero, but she’s the “real deal.”
MFS: How did the “supermom” you dreamed of being crash into the reality of actually being a mother? Briefly, what helped you to reconcile with being a “real” (imperfect) mom rather than super mom?
JS: I don’t think I had any other choice. LOL. But in all seriousness, those ideas and expectations I conjured up prior to becoming a mother, came to a crashing halt in the moment my baby was born. Honestly! As I looked at this precious gift I’d been given, I didn’t have a clue as to what to do with her, but realized I couldn’t do it on my own. Fast-forward to the present day (and three kids later), and this becomes evident to me every. single. day. None of us were meant to walk this road alone, just as none of us were created to be perfect. That Supermom Syndrome many of us find ourselves battling is wearing us down, stripping us from those mommy-moments we long to have, and taking our focus off of God.
Supermom? She just doesn’t exist.
MFS: You talk in the book about being “frazzled and frustrated” and the stress of our fast-paced lives. Can you share with us some tips for slowing down and focusing on what’s really important?
JS: When life getsdownright cuckoo (which is fairly often for me), I recommend taking a timeout by remembering these four words: Breathe, pray, relax, repeat. When we’re seriously frazzled and completely frustrated, the decisions we make and the way we act is emotionally-driven…believe me, I know! If we can pause for a moment, count to ten (or eighty), and keep our focus vertical, not only will our moods lighten but we’ll be better able to handle our kids and the stresses that occur. Breathe, pray, relax, repeat.
MFS: We love, love, love that you address the issue of Sunday mornings! Getting our families to church on time is, well, truly a job for a superhero (not us!). I (Melinda) could relate to being THAT family — who always makes an “entrance” (and not a grand one at that)! Tell us a little about what has helped you prepare for worship instead of war on Sunday mornings?
JS: Preparation is key. We’ve all walked through those church doors at one time or another with a less-than-stellar attitude due to the chaotic mornings we’ve endured prior to church. Amen? So, why not make it easier on ourselves, and our kids by implementing a few key steps in this whole early Sunday morning preparedness thing? Here’s what I recommend:
1.) Have your kids shower/bathe the night before.
2.) Have your kiddos lay out their church clothes on Saturday evening in order to keep all wardrobe malfunctions/issues at bay.
3.) Collect the items you’ll need for Sunday morning and leave them in a small pile by the door (or wherever else you’ll remember to grab them). For instance, place your keys, your Bible, your checkbook, and any bible study materials you’re involved with, all in one place.
4.) Pick a service time that will work for you and your family. Most churches offer praise sessions on Saturday and Sunday evenings as well. Pick a time and stick with it.
And remember, there are still going to be times where chaos will ensue (even after implementing said tips). Hang in there and know you’re not alone…we all go through it. 😉
MFS: Chores! Aye! Another area that removes the cape off many a supermom. You have some great, super practical tips for moms regarding this in your book. What’s your number one tip regarding kids and chores?
JS: That they’re never too young to start! Okay, so maybe infancy is a tad too amateur for the whole chore scene, but if you’ve got children 18 months and older, they can most definitely help out around the house. Moms, when it comes to chores, you need help. Besides, our children need to have responsibilities…they need to help out their families by assisting with different jobs around the home. By using an age-appropriate chore chart, we can get the help that we desire while instilling the values that our kids are in need of learning. It’s a win-win situation!
MFS: How do you keep your relationship with Jesus strong and active as you parent three children, blog and write books, Jenny? What is some advice you can give moms about how to make time with Him in the midst of all the chaos?
JS: I pray all the time. All. The. Time. When I’m dealing with my kiddos, I pray. When I mess up as a mom, I pray. When I’m driving in the car, I pray some more. And as I’m typing this message to you girls, I’m indeed praying as well. You see, each of us has this hunger that we were created with. It’s a craving you could say—for a relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ. The problem occurs when our hectic schedules infringe upon this union…when our chaos takes over and becomes our focus instead. Friends, I find myself guilty of the same thing. I know that I must make time for God because I want to know Him, and I need to hear Him.
So how do we strengthen this relationship?
- Pray often and always.
- Purchase a devotional (Jesus Calling is one of my favorites)
- Attend church regularly
- Attend a Bible Study
- Begin a Bible-reading plan
Since God bends down to hear me, I’m going to talk to Him all the time, listen for His word, and most certainly follow His lead.
See, we told you she was awesome! Thanks so much for being with us today, Jenny!
Starting today, for a limited time, Jenny’s book is available as an ebook for just $2.99 on Amazon! Click here to order!
As a self-proclaimed (and slightly crazed) Wonder Woman Wannabe herself, Jenny Lee Sulpizio is a Christian wife and mother to three amazing kiddos. After hanging up her star-spangled bloomers (and that restrictive red corset) a few years back, Jenny now spends most of her “spare” time dishing out the latest in tips, hints, and practical advice when it comes to guiding other mommies through the trenches of motherhood. And when she isn’t cooking, cleaning, starting her latest load of laundry, or attempting to raise her kids right (as in manner-possessing, respectful, God-loving little tikes), Jenny can usually be found writing about it instead. Through her children’s books, personal website, blogs, and as a contributing writer for the online supersite(s), The MOB Society and Moms Together, there’s always plenty of information to relate to, and a whole lot of comic relief to go around.
To follow Jenny, read her blog, or to learn more about her books, please visit: http://www.jennyleesulpizio.com.