Meet Jodi: A Washington D.C. Native
Jodi is the mom of a six year old boy, named Michael, and has been married to her husband for 10 years. She is a Washington, D.C. native who loves the area because “it is full of things to do, both for family activities and as a couple.” However, she wouldn’t mind the experience of “living somewhere else” and finds one challenge to remaining in the DC Metro Area is the high cost of living.
The Decision to Work Part Time vs. Full Time
Jodi works 20 hours a week as an attorney. “Working PT was a decision based on finances,” she admits. “I always knew I would go back to work, but when we priced FT daycare centers, it was more expensive to put a baby in daycare full time that it was for me to go back to work part time and find a part time baby sitter.”
She loved having 2 days at home to spend with her son when he was a baby. “Now that he is in school full time, I use the days I don’t work to run errands and pursue other interests.”
In her spare time, Jodi is also an accomplished blogger who started her Jodifur after her husband’s encouragement. She has been reading a lot of blogs and he told her she should start one of her own! Jodifur has a large following of loyal readers who enjoy Jodi’s honest take on parenting and come back each week for her Shoe Friday feature where she features her favorite shoes and ones submitted by her readers.
Parenting Style and Regrets
“As a parent I do not subscribe to one particular “method,” she says. “I’m strict when I need to be and permissive when I need to be.”
Jodi’s one regret as a parent is that she yells too often. “Sometimes I need to stop and take a breath before I yell.”
Scariest Moment in Parenting
“When Michael was in preschool, a cubby fell in his hand and broke it.” Jodi remembers getting the call from the school that there had been an accident and they were calling the ambulance which was her “scariest moment as a parent” to date.
Most Difficult Age for Parenting
Jodi recalls age 4 being her most challenging age to parent. “We moved and Michael had a difficult time with it,” she remembers. “He was in a preschool that was a bad fit and I felt like that whole year we were trying to get Michael to a good place. We got there, but it was hard.”
Parenting Advice: “Parenting is hard”
“Parenting is hard,” Jodi admits. “You need to make the decisions that are best for you and your family. Everyone is going to have an opinion on what is best, but every child is different, and you need to raise the child you have, not the child described in parenting books.”