Dear Diary,


I just took an online parent pop quiz and failed miserably. Well, I got a 66%, which is a D, which is like failing. When I taught middle school, I told my students who said they did their homework half of the time, that 50% was still an F.   I’m going to blame it on a lack of sleep (See Monday’s post about a 5 a.m. trip to the pharmacy).  Or maybe I wasn’t fully paying attention, since the American Giving Awards were on television.   Heck, I think there were a couple of trick questions.  And since there were only six, you pretty much have to get them all correct to get a good grade.  No matter my excuse, I still scored a 66%.  And the test creators post a taunting remark with your final score.  It said something about reviewing the questions I missed.  I translated that into who let you go home from with hospital with your baby?  I then searched for other quizzes, trying to boost my ego with an A.


Since I didn’t do well on the infant exam, I took the toddler test.  I got a perfect score!  There were difficult questions but no wrong answers, which made me remember that’s what’s motherhood is all about.  You don’t have to be perfect to be a good mother.  You’re child doesn’t care if you aren’t the smartest, skinniest, prettiest or richest person on the planet.  They love you simply because you love them!


Hey DFTM members, do you feel like your failing as a mother when you read articles about “perfect” parents?  Should you take parent tests seriously?

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Vlog Mom/DFTM Creator

Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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