Welcome to Mommy Knows What’s Best!
Have a parenting struggle that you’re not sure how to handle? At Mommy Knows What’s Best, I write posts about all kinds of parenting issues and struggles that I have encountered in my decade long parenting journey. I find that many parents scour the internet looking for answers to everyday problems, only to find complex solutions or solutions that don’t fit their family system. My mission is to provide practical solutions that can work for almost every kind of family, based on what I know works for my family.
I also write about family fun, recipes, DIY and more!
Thanks for visiting!
About Me and My Family:
I am a stay-at-home mom with four kiddos, two boys and two girls, ages 11, 9, 6, and 4. My husband and I met as high school sweethearts and have been together for since I was 16 and he was 18, many moons ago. We have been married for more than a decade.
We have a dog, a very large, horse-like full-blooded Weimaraner named Reilly who is elderly. We saved him from a small cage at a pet store where he was four months. He has been the full time family guard dog for the past 13+ years.
We also have a spunky bearded dragon named Spike who keeps us entertained. (Full disclosure: he is my most favorite pet ever!)
We live in NEPA in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre metropolitan area (any Office fans?) in what was once a booming coal mining community. Our ancestors were immigrants who came here looking for better lives here in PA, so our families are both deeply rooted in this area, where we’ll probably live for the rest of our lives (unless someone buys me an island somewhere…any offers?).
I wasn’t always a stay at home mom enjoying Bon Bons on the couch and writing blog posts. Back in 2005-2011, I was a full-time Language Arts teacher in a middle school with a BA in English and Spanish for Secondary Education and an MA in Classroom Technology (fancy, eh?).
After a few years and two kids, my husband and I found that it would be better and cost efficient for me to be a SAHM and be home with the kids. I officially resigned and retired from being a teacher at the end of the 2011 school year.
As a mom to four kids now, I am thoroughly enjoying this role as a full-time mommy that comes with amazing benefits and rewards, better than ever expected.
What I Love:
I love my family. I love reading books, but don’t ask me to write a book review. I love writing (have you noticed?). I love eating (sorry, it’s part of being Italian..), but I love finding healthy alternatives. I love walking as exercise. I love babywearing. I love discovering new places. I love learning about almost anything (it’s the teacher in me). I love quiet times. I love music, and at times I even still sing like I used to.
Oh, and I love this blog.
About Mommy Knows What’s Best
Mommy Knows What’s Best is a family and parenting blog written and maintained by me and me alone. Readers can find helpful parenting and family tips along with reviews of products I use in my everyday life.
Mommy Knows What’s Best started as a supplement to my pregnancy, parenting, and family articles on HubPages where I am known as ThePracticalMommy. As ThePracticalMommy, I have written over 125+ articles related to parenting tips, pregnancy tips, and more. My articles have over 6.5 million views and counting.
Today Mommy Knows What’s Best is more closely connected to my own parenting, pregnancy, and household escapades.
As I find something that works for my family, I share it with you!
I was once a MommyCon Blogger, and a LeapFrog Mom Ambassador. You can see examples of my guest posts for Boogie Wipes and Kandoo here, and here. I have also been a Nutrisystem Ambassador and am a member of a number of blogger networks. In 2015, I was a member of the first ever Huggies Parent Council.
In 2019 I was part of the Hershey Sweet Welcome Blogger Program, and in 2020 I will be one of the Hershey Sweetest Families.
Have questions? Contact me at marissa@MommyKnowsWhatsBest.com. Thanks!