I LOVED working with this group of talented dispatchers. They had a gift of making a very hard job very fun.
When parents dialed 911 for help with children who wouldn’t do homework or teenagers who wouldn’t divulge online passwords– these friends of mine would save those calls for me.
It wasn’t that I was the best dispatcher when it came to radio traffic or a hot pursuit, but I was the best when it came to talking stressed-out parents down from the brink of losing their minds with their kids.
After a few hundred calls like these I began to get a reputation as a “mean mom” who was quite entertaining in the police department, even going as far as helping a co-worker by calling her teenage twin sons and threatening them after they had her in tears.
When a mom needed wisdom about social media, sibling rivalry, teenage- disrespect or the powerful lesson to let their child fail I was there to encourage.
What began in a communications center in Folsom, California continued in Middle Tennessee with The Mean Mom Team, a group of two hundred moms in twenty-seven states and three continents that I prayerfully assembled on Facebook. These women also believe in this book and the message behind the title: mean moms raise great kids.
After years of hard work and harrowing parenting moments, it’s with a grateful heart I announce The Mean Mom’s Guide to Raising Great Kids is here.