Stef DanielAuthor

Stef Daniel

Stef Daniel is the 40ish year old, experienced (meaning crazy already) mother of count ‘em…4 daughters (yes, she takes prayers) who have taught her nearly E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G she needs to know about raising kids and staying sane. She hails from a small town in Georgia where she lives with her family in a red tin roofed house (with just ONE bathroom mind you) on a farm - with tons of animals of course. One day, due to her sheer aversion to shoes and her immense love of the sea, she aspires to penning her way to fame on a deserted island in the Florida Keys. For now though, Georgia will do. Stef moved from Maryland to Georgia on a whim that proved transformational at the age of 21. Soon after she met her husband, got pregnant with twins and decided to give up a career in law enforcement to become a stay at home mother to her children. In an effort to pursue her personal passion for writing, earn some income (for beach vacations), and remain available to her now 4 children she began her freelance writing career from a used laptop in her living room. To date, she has several published works for both adults and children to her name, thousands of credited works and a laundry list of clientele that she works for on a regular basis. The Mom-Spirational Blog is Stef’s newest endeavor aimed at offering Wisdom, Wisecracks, and Wellbeing for Women. (And men of course, if they’re interested in that sort of thing). You can visit the blog here at Everyday Family, and see the ‘uncut and uncensored’ version at Mom-Spirational is also on Facebook at!/pages/Mom-spirational/129984033724713! And of course (because who isn’t these days) I’m on Twitter too at Stef Daniel is also the author of, and several children’s books about softball. Stef and her husband are extremely active in empowering the girls of Fastpitch softball (and other sports) and currently coach three Fastpitch teams. Currently, most of their free time as a family is spent sweating in dugouts at various ballparks in Georgia chanting cheesy softball cheers while encouraging girls to wear deodorant. (But they wouldn’t have it any way!) You can also find Softball is for Girls on Facebook at Stef believes that motherhood and womanhood should bind each and every one of together, rather than tear us apart. Her primary focus in life is her family and hearing the laughter of her daughters. She is also interested in nearly anything metaphysical, adores Reiki and meditation and her LIFE MANTRA adopted from her own mother is, “All is Always well!” Which, she is finding out on a daily basis, is pretty much always true!

pregnancy fears, The Scoop on Poop during Labor

Oh, admit it!  As you approach late pregnancy (or maybe even earlier) you have worried that the unthinkable, most embarrassing thing in the entire world (might) happen during labor and delivery.  You have lain in bed at night worried that you might poop on the doctor while you are pushing.  Right!?!  Right.  It’s one of [&hellip
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raising daughters

I will be the first to admit that I never thought I was the right kind of person to raise daughters. For one, I am not girly. Secondly, I never felt like my relationship with my own mother would be sufficient enough to teach me how to raise my own daughters. So in the years [&hellip
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woman thinking; stressed

A few weeks back, after having a particularly funky week during which I was completely exhausted emotionally and physically, I fell into a mothering slump.

I didn’t find anything that my kids did cute, or entertaining. In fact, nearly everything they did felt annoying. I couldn’t pretend to be interested in any more 6 year old stories, or 11 year old school drama tales, or even begin to think about sitting through yet another episode of Max and Ruby. I didn’t feel like making one more sandwich, pouring one more drink, turning one more load of laundry, or hearing one more person say the word, “Mama!”

It. Was. That. Bad. The Mom Funk!

All I really wanted to do was go lie down in bed and watch a grown up show with lots of cussing and sex, and not be interrupted for at least 5 hours.

Sounds selfish, right? Sounds like I deserve the worst mother of the world award, huh? But it also probably sounds very familiar. …
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Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

busy mother thinks

Momnesia. Defined by the elusive maternal dictionary as “the state of mind where you are so overwhelmed with things to do, noise, and the needs of kids that you cannot remember one thing from one moment to the next.”  The secondary definition of momnesia is “being a mom so long that you forget who you [&hellip
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The other day, I was talking to my teenage daughters and mentioned Cyndi Lauper. This may show my age, but for my senior year, the homecoming theme for my high school was based on her song “Time After Time”! “Cyndi who?” they asked. (Head hung down in shame. Dare I bring up Menudo?) I get [&hellip
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Caught In the Act

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

caught in the act

You and your partner finally have all the kids tucked into bed after a long day.  You’ve checked them twice, and then decide that now, while all is peaceful, might be a good time to get intimate with your partner. As the two of you sneak into the bedroom, tip-toeing as quietly as possible as [&hellip
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mom daughter at the beach

We had just wrapped up a holiday weekend, and a long summer break.  My husband got to take several weeks of paid vacation off over the summer, during which time he did the complete opposite of what he does every other week of the year: he slept in, watched SportsCenter reruns, worried about what was [&hellip
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mother and daughters reading

As the mother of 4 kids, I spend a lot of time at the end of each day wondering if I have done everything that I could’ve or should’ve done  during the daylight hours to ensure my kids have a healthy, happy life. I relive conversations of the day wondering if I said the right things, [&hellip
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girl watching television

You need to run to the store.  It’s 5 minutes away – and your 10 year old is happily sitting on the couch catching up on episodes of her favorite show, in her pajamas.  All you need is a half gallon of milk.  If you try to load her up she will whine about not [&hellip
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mom and son

We all know that children grow up. Sadly, this fact never hits you quite as hard as it does when your child suddenly becomes embarrassed by your hugs, kisses, or hand-holding. They become too old for mom. There is nothing in the child development books that warns us about this key moment in our parenting career. In fact, the parenting books and advice seem to make us think that if we rock our infants, or sleep with our toddlers, or kiss too many boo-boo’s or help our kids too much – that they will never, ever do anything to break the heart strings that keep us so firmly attached
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