Kristy a.k.a Kristy Campbell
Kristy Campbell draws from her perspective raising 5 children to write Saving The World One Teen at a Time for Mommytracked. She also writes for MariaShriver.com and Huffington Post and recently covered The California Governor's and First Lady's Conference on Women. She has been quoted by MSNBC.com, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today and has been a guest on Dr. Phil and The Tyra Banks Show to discuss parenting topics. Her latest project, KidsCookUSA, is in development for television and she serves as Executive Director. She is a member of Screen Actors Guild and has worked with directors Andrew Stanton, Chris Columbus, and Jamie Redford as well as appeared in many national commercial campaigns. Kristy is a single mom living in California with a houseful of children ranging in ages from 3-19. You can find her work at www.kristycampbellcreative.com
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Driving home from football practice last night with my 11-year old son was a moment to which I’d given careful consideration. I had similar moments throughout the years with his older sister when I’ve had to deliver news that kills a little bit of childhood innocence but I knew I had to talk to my son since the story is every where in the news. Penn State. Joe Paterno. Sex scandal.
I’m fairly certain that I’m not alone with having grumpy kids who refuse to get out of bed in the morning. Or who finds herself with a houseful of stress or tension. Or who needs to rally the troops for a trip to the grocery store. I also think it is safe to assume that I am not the only one deciding at 3pm if coffee or Diet Coke sounds better.
Be warned. There is going to come a day in your parenting career when you will open your mouth to give advice to your kids and nothing will come out. The lack of words is usually because you aren’t sure what to say or you simply don’t want to say it.
My girlfriend sent me a message on Facebook: "I can’t believe you let Katie get a tattoo!" My friend has small kids all under the age of 10, so I understood her shock. My reply was simple: I didn’t let her. I didn’t even approve…but I did support her. Rules change when your kids turn 18.
I’m having one of those beat-yourself-up mom moments. No, not the “oh, don’t be so hard on yourself” kind but a real, honest “I really screwed up on this” moment, and I’m not too proud to admit to my mistake.
While at the gym yesterday, one of the Pussycat Dolls’ songs came on my iPod. My teenage daughter keeps me hip by adding songs I normally wouldn’t choose, and as I listened to “When I Grow Up”, I realized how becoming famous is replacing so many other goals for kids. When I grow up I wanna be famous I wanna be a star I wanna be in movies When I grow up I wanna see the world Drive nice cars I wanna have groupies