Charlotte Mom – Molly Hedrick
Take a peek inside the life of local mom Molly Hedrick and get a glimpse of everyday parenting — from the madness to the mess-ups!
Molly Hedrick, 50
Senior director of communications with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority and volunteer at kids’ schools. Recently honored with a 2009 Women Extraordinaire award from Business Leader magazine.
Mom to Hayley, 14, and Max, 7, and pets Scooter, the 10-year-old dog, and 2-year-old cats Anne and Rosy. Boris the goldfish is going on 3 months — quite a household record. The family lives in Matthews.
Our home definitely is comfortable chaos!! My son’s room looks like a little boy lives in it, which is how it should be (a drum set, Legos, Spider-Man anything and cars everywhere …). My teenage daughter’s room? Well, you can just imagine — posters and pics of heartthrobs taped on the walls, clothes scattered throughout as she sits on the floor straightening her hair each morning. I don’t think I would feel our home was lived in if everything was in its perfect place.
“Don’t You Dare”:
My kids push my buttons in two ways. Button No. 1: Saying rude things to each other or about others and/or ignoring manners — totally drives me crazy! Button No. 2: Ignoring button No. 1!
Parenting Rule No. 1:
No using expletives or listening to music that is downgrading to anyone.
For Max, “Do you want me to tell your father?” and for Hayley, “Do you really need that much eyeliner?” Seriously though, it’s probably, “Because I said so!”
Well, this is very embarrassing, but here we go: When my kids were jumping on a neighbor’s trampoline, I thought I would show them a thing or two and jump right on and make a big splash. Well, I did. Unfortunately the “splash” meant I had to go home and change. Remember, I’m 50, and well … some things just come when you don’t want them to! My daughter is STILL laughing (and so am I!).
Laugh when you want to scream, dance in the kitchen when the mood strikes, sing out loud in the car, and by all means, sit down and play a board game when there is still laundry to do or housework or calls to return. These are the moments your kids will remember … and will tell their friends and their own children when they’re older. That to me is the ultimate success story.