Charlotte Mom – Molly Hedrick

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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!

Vital Stats:
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.

Family Tree:
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.

Get Real:
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.

Fave Phrase:
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!”

Spill It:
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!).

Top Tip:
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.
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