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About LisaLisa Steinke is a RealMomsGuide blogger who can't believe her daughter is already two-years-old (where did the time go?). She's the co-creator behind the popular ChickLitisNotDead blog where she blogs on books, pop culture and the road to publication with her best friend and fellow mommy blogger Liz Fenton. Lisa and Liz's debut novel, THE TOAST, will be published by Simon & Schuster/Atria Books in early 2014.
After working in the television industry in Los Angeles for 15 years, Lisa has spent the past three years adjusting to her move to the Midwest (yes, she's still adjusting) and writing for multiple sites including SheKnows.com and Barnes & Noble's UnabashedlyBookish blog, where she writes about women's fiction,chick lit and more every week. Follow her on Twitter @LizandLisa
What's your inspiration? I'm a California girl and draw a lot of inspiration from the ocean. It has a very calming affect on me and while I watch the waves hit the shore, I make a lot of promises to myself about becoming a better person, being more patient and not sweating the small stuff (still working on that!) And I must admit that since moving to the Midwest, I'm missing that much-needed ocean zen! But my sound machine is a distant second...
What's the one thing you can't live without? I'm assuming we're not saying family here. Because of course, that's a given. So after that, I have to say coffee. Next in line is definitely my MacBook. If I'm not typing on it, working on it, surfing the web on it, then I'm thinking about it. I have a bit of a crush and call him Mac. Is that weird? (Don't answer that!)
What's your favorite part of being a mom?
Watching my daughter grow. Each day, she learns something new about herself or the world. It's fascinating to watch!
What's the single best piece of advice you can share with other moms? So many moms around me have been an inspiration as I've watched them successfully juggle their families, careers and lives.
The best advice I've received so far is that being a mom will be the hardest job I've ever had and to remember that I will make many mistakes and that's okay. That it's not possible to be the perfect mother. (Did I mention that I'm a perfectionist?)
Today's debate topic Is it okay to skip your child's soccer games or do you need to be present to support him? Lisa weighs in I will start by saying that I got married when I was 36 and had my daughter at 37 so I'm more selfish than most moms out there.Read More
Today's debate topic Is it too extreme to pay your child to stay off Facebook? Lisa weighs in I recently read an article about a dad who did this very thing. He paid his teenager to stay off Facebook. And while she already had an account and he asked her to deactivate itRead More
When was the last time you and your husband had time alone without the kids? And parent-teacher conferences do not count! Well I have a challenge for you: Why not get a babysitter for the children but -- are you ready for this -- do "nothing" yourselves? Yeah, that's right,Read More
Debate topic Is it okay to intervene when a parent is yelling at her child in public or is it none of your business? Lisa weighs in I got the idea for this debate topic from an article I read recently. A woman had witnessed a father yelling at a little girl sheRead More