ABOUT HONEST MOM

Hi there. I’m JD Bailey, the creator of Honest Mom.

Here on Honest Mom you’ll find writing about the funny and the tough parts of raising kids (especially little girls), managing PPD and depression, being a working parent, and more.

Honest Mom is both a blog and a wonderful community here and on Facebook, where moms connect with other moms about both their struggles and triumphs. Both bloggers and non-bloggers contribute their writing to Honest Mom, to share their stories and reach out to other women.

More about me

I am a co-author of the books, “I Just Want to Pee Alone” and “I STILL Just Want to Pee Alone,” collections of hilarious and heartwarming essays on motherhood. I’m also a Huffington Post blogger and a contributor to Scary Mommy and Mamapedia. You can see all the places I’ve been published here. I spoke at the 2014 BlogU conference and co-led a session on blogging and privacy, and will be speaking again at BlogU in 2015.

A big part of what I do is advocate for moms who deal with depression. My ultimate goal is to help lift the stigma of depression through my writing while helping other moms to feel less alone in their battles with the chronic illness. I was interviewed by Katie Couric on her show, featured in Parenting Magazine, and quoted in a Vogue magazine article about the topic.

In addition to being the founder of Honest Mom, I’m an award-winning copywriter and social media manager/blogger for a children’s book publisher.

When I’m not writing, I can be found digging in my gardens, hanging out with my family, or – of course – on FacebookTwitterPinterestGoogle+, or Instagram.

Still want to know more?

Okay, Nosey McNosekins, here are a few tidbits about me and my life:

  • I have two daughters, Anne (9) and Grace (6), and a husband (Hubs). They are all excellent blog fodder. I mostly leave Hubs out of it, but the kids? They’re definitely fair game.
  • I started writing short fiction at the age of 13 and writing has been a huge part of my life ever since.
  • I love wine, gardening, cooking food that is awesome but no one in my family will eat because it’s not pasta, writing, my MacBook, making pretty baked goods and crafts with my kids, coffee, my iPhone, and chocolate. Not necessarily in that order.
  • I detest working out, bad coffee, whining, close-minded political nutjobs, catty women, and people who stand too close to me and have no concept of personal space. Which means I guess my kids are in trouble because they are always thisclose to me.

So that’s me. Welcome to Honest Mom. Grab a cup of coffee or glass of wine and let’s hang, shall we?

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29 Replies to “ABOUT HONEST MOM”

  1. Coffee is a must for me; I can’t survive without it.

    I love finding brand new, just-starting-out blogs. It feels like the beginning of a journey that I don’t want to miss. Great title and goal. Can’t wait to see what comes next.

  2. Glad I discovered you. Great writing. My daughter is a mom blogger, too. Her website is mypajamadays.com and she writes on the Write On Edge prompt sometimes, too. You might want to check her out because I think you would both enjoy each other’s writing.

  3. So I read your BBC blog and realize that that’s MY problem: my father reads my blog, my friends read it, and even some of the other parents at our co-op preschool read it! (Thus someone I barely know gave me a little arm-pat today, presumably because of a recent post about spending the weekend crying, crying, crying. And my father emails me after every new post, which is kind of annoying-like I have no privacy.

    So…how did you create a new blog w/o losing your readership? Unfortunately, I’ve been trying to “brand” my blog–had business cards made, am in blogger networks, etc. How do you do things like this when you’re staying anonymous? And do I start a new blog where I just write freely and keep my old blog as some kind of generic motherhood/review blog? (Um, yes, I believe I just led myself to the answer…)

    Any tips on taking the leap and switching to a new blog would be great. My own blog at this point bores me, since I need to hold back so much!
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Julia! I just saw this comment. I don’t know why I’ve missed all the comments on my pages (as opposed to blog posts) over the last few months. I’d be happy to chat with you about making the leap to an anonymous blog! Ping me if you still want to talk about it…

  4. I am a depression-suffering, full time working mom with 2 HIGH maintenance daughters (you think it’s bad now? Wait till they are tweens!), a husband who hates when I talk about him online, a passion for coffee, and a strong dislike for mean people and working out. Do you think we are like long lost sisters or something??? 🙂 Love the blog, can’t wait to keep reading!

    1. Hi Liza! I just saw this comment from a few months ago. Seems like we could be long lost sisters. And I’m only half-joking – I have a long-lost half sister out there somewhere…
      I hope your holidays were happy!

  5. Just found you blog through CNN regarding the depression and managing it article with parenting.com. THANK YOU!! I’m currently pregnant with my second child and deal with this everyday. It’s a struggle. Looking forward to reading your blog!!

  6. Thank You for talking about PPD and Depression… I also suffered from PPD and now have chronic depression. I am not shy about it and am so happy to see you are standing up!

  7. Just read some of your blog after seeing you on Katie. Have to say you are no longer going to be able to enjoy a quite life and blog. Your blog BTW is amazing and so are you. I don’t suffer from depression but I have loved ones that do so it’s really nice to get another’s perspective on the subject. Thank you for talking about depression, kids and being a mom. I will continue to come back to read your blog you are an excellent writer.

  8. I saw you today on the Katie show. I applaud you, I too have battled with depression and post death stress and needed meds. It does not make me a bad mother it makes me a better mother. You are doing great work on this blog keep it up….

  9. THANK heavens you were on the show! I agree 100% with what you said and there is such a stigma about depression/parenting…etc. I had twins and resigned from my career all in one segment of months, which put me into a tailspin emotionally. They are almost two and I still have days where I am in the hole just trying to survive.

  10. Hi, you had written a description of how you feel when you are off of your medication. I saw it on your blog just after I read the article in "Parenting Early Years". It made me stop dead in my tracks because it seemed like you were describing me. I'm looking to have my friend read that and I can't find it in your blog now. Do you know what I'm referencing – and how could I find it again? Thank you.

      1. Hi – no – though, that is a good one. It was the one where you had described when you weren’t taking the meds and you had feelings of rage, anger, frustration and the other overall symptoms you had while not on them. I’m sorry – I thought I had book marked it. It was a couple of months ago.

  11. I just saw you on "Katie" for the first time. I think it is great how honest you are. I suffered from depression since the age of 12 years. Antidepressants have made it possible for me to care for myself, my family, and succeed in my professional. It is a chemical imbalance, not something to be ashamed of.

  12. I just stumbled upon your article, “It’s Been 5 Years Battling Depression and I’m Really Tired”, and I’m absolutely speechless. I have never ever ever heard another person describe exactly how I feel. I’m not sure, but I think I may be somewhat relieved. Please let me know if you find the magic answer; my daughter is 6, and I’m tired 🙂

  13. I just discovered your site and I appreciate what you are doing. I just recently started an amateur blog and one of the things I have decided to share is my struggle with chronic depression. For me this has been ongoing for my entire life but being a mother to 2 little girls presents its own problem. It is such a struggle to not judge yourself those times you might hurt your children for example. There is also a fear on top of that of how others will judge you. I love my children and even want to have more but sometimes I wonder if I am stupid for wanting that when some days we barely survive. Having depression my entire life it has been a battle of that stigmatism which is why I have always tried to be open about it. It is something I have learned to just accept and realize I won’t be “cured”. I’ve learned to focus on the moments. Surviving those tough months and living the good days. Anyway, thank you and hope you don’t mind if I refer to your blog at some point!

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