My full name is Samantha but almost everyone who knows me calls me “Sam.” I’m married with thousands of children (okay, four, to be specific). But I digress.
My children range in age from mid-twenties to three. Yes. I’m not kidding. And they’re all mine. By the way, the last two are both three. They’re identical twin boys, hence the name of this blog, Multiple Mayhem Mamma.
This is me.
I am a freelance writer and senior public relations consultant in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As part of my freelance writing, I generally write about parenting and children, as well as related topics. To see where my writing can be found, check out this page on my blog or my LinkedIn page.
After working both in the public sector and technology, I made a career change and moved to public relations. Working in two very fast-paced PR agencies for almost 10 years was great – I learned a lot about the industry and honed my skills in all areas of the business. Things changed in 2009 when I had my twin boys. Nothing could have prepared me for the craziness of two babies, let alone one. Madness. Anyway, like many women, I thought I could do it all and have it all. After a year’s maternity leave, I returned to work. My boys were one and guess what? They didn’t care that I had to work in the morning; they liked staying up all night regardless. Let’s just say that a full-time, faced-paced career in a PR agency does not mix with young children.
In my frustration and sleep deprivation, I started this blog. There was no rhyme or reason for it other than the fact that I really needed a cathartic outlet and a blog seemed like a good place to start. Of course I had no idea what I was doing but, being a foolhardy sort, I hit “publish” nonetheless.
A few months after starting the blog, I realized that the work-life balance was centered more on work than on life. It was too much with the kids (particularly since my boys were waking up multiple times during the night) so I threw caution to the wind and resigned my Account Manager position at the agency. I had no job lined up and no plans for anything, really. Very risky and stupid, I admit, but I was at my wit’s end and the lack of sleep had made me delirious. Shortly after resigning, I started my freelance writing and PR consultancy, Triple M Communications.
Since that time, things have gone well and I’ve continued to provide freelance writing for a number of publications and communications services for various clients. Realizing that above all, writing is my true love, I continue to plug away at my blog as it’s the best way to both connect with like-minded parents who are equally frazzled and often exasperated at parenting. Having been through parenting from infancy to adulthood already, I’m happy to share the advice and tips about what does and doesn’t work to those who are looking for answers. On the flip side of the spectrum, I’m doing it all over again in a different time, a different world with different issues and concerns. In this regard, I, like everyone, am grasping for answers on how to parent best. I often feel like I have no idea about what I’m doing and welcome any and all advice and feedback. Because after all, it takes a village, doesn’t it?
So enough about me. Here’s my family:
This is a picture of me and my “grown-up” girl, Tassja. First pic – circa 1987 (gulp), second pic – 2012.
Here’s another, with my wonderfully artistic black-and-white editing skills (2012):
Here is my daughter, Miranda who is now nine, and my husband Rick. This picture is from some time back but I love it because the two of them look so happy
And of course, my two-man exercise program, my identical twin boys, Aubrey (in the front) and Erik. I call them “The Two-Foot Perpetrators” (they are probably about three feet now, but the name still sticks!):
I love ‘em all to tears. But I’m still frazzled.
With 5,000 kids, I never know what’s on the agenda when I wake up in the morning. On any given day, I deal with press releases and poo. Video news releases and vomit. All in a day’s work. And home.
This is my life. Thanks for joining me on this crazy ride that is parenthood.