Hi! I’m Jennie.
I had four kids in under seven years, and you’d think that would make me a parenting expert. (Or maybe you just think it makes me a little nuts.)
Actually, as a mom, I am not crafty. I’m not crunchy. I’m not a particularly good cook or excellent homemaker. I fed my babies formula, use disposable diapers, and let my kids watch TV. I was a mom who worked outside the home for nearly a decade (before it made more sense for me to become a stay-at-home mom).
In fact, I do not consider myself an expert in most areas of parenting.
Rather, I am on a journey, learning alongside other moms (though having lived through eight years of parenting up to four kids, I have some nuggets of wisdom to share). I strive to shed light and build community around the raw reality of motherhood (which is why my Facebook group is called Maternal Reality). And I am a great problem-solver, on the case solving the parenting questions and problems you have.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel. After graduate school, I spent two years in a service position at a Catholic campus parish before moving on to a program coordinator position in a teaching center at a university where I stayed for over nine years. I had all four of my kids while working there. When I returned from maternity leave after our fourth baby was born, we dealt with a barrage of illnesses and childcare issues that led us to reevaluate whether it even made sense for me to go to work anymore.
It didn’t. I decided to stay home with the kids and continue working on this website on the side.
I started Four to Love in October 2018, and since then I’ve written lots of content that I hope is useful as you navigate parenthood alongside me. I research, crowdsource, and share solutions to everyday parenting issues. I create printable activities to keep your kids busy. I also love putting together product lists, which you can use to find just the right gift for your kid, someone else’s kid, or yourself. And I really try to encourage moms not to see parenting as something that needs to be done perfectly, just authentically.
If you’re looking for where to start as you peruse my site, here are my top 5 popular posts:
- 30+ Practical Gifts for Two-Year-Olds that Parents will Appreciate
- Having a Fourth Baby: 9 Things to Consider First
- 15 Easy Family Dinner Ideas Your Kids Might Actually Eat
- 7 Tips for Overcoming Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
- 10 Wonderful Outdoor Toys Your Kids Need to Have
Feel free to contact me if you would like to pursue a collaboration or if I can answer any questions. And if you’re a mom, don’t forget to join Maternal Reality so that we can hang out together on Facebook! We post meal ideas, problem-solve, celebrate succcesses, and share our maternal reality through real-life pictures and hilarious memes. Look forward to seeing you there!