Life with a Full House of Boys: Interview with Mom Lainie Rich

For the month of May, I want to feature 31 women who continue to touch my life through their kindness, friendship, humor, passion, and determination. Each of these women have some great secrets as they open their doors and let me into their “mommy world”. Their stories bring us back to the realization that we all go through struggles, make mistakes, and sometimes need to “fake it until we make it” as parents. Join us as we celebrate these mothers throughout the month of May.

Welcome to day 29 of Bulldog’s Mommy Blog Project! Today we get to feature the fashionista of a mom who is determined to give her boys the best possible life with a little fun on the side, Lainie Rich. Before we talk about how this mom tackles 2 boys in their early teens, lets learn about the parenting tip of the day.

Parenting Tip of the Day: Remember to have fun. With all that happens as mothers: the stress, the guilt, and the “uh-ohs”, just remember to have fun and let yourself be a WOMAN. Treat yourself to a mani or pedi, go shopping or for a walk, fall into a novel and escape. Don’t just label yourself as a mom; you are so much more. You deserve your “me time” so take the opportunity to enjoy it. As an added plus, your kids will value you when they see you working on self-care and they will want to know you as a person. They will be grateful when you show them all your interests and hobbies.

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I met Lainie about 10 years ago. I was her babysitter. She was the most awesome mom and  treated me as a person, not just a babysitter. I always loved the way she dressed and how she was up to date with the latest fashion. Every time I showed up, her kids were happy and eager to see me and show me their latest interests. She engages people to be part of her family and teaches her kids to love people the same way. She will always take the time to connect and truly cares about others. She is simply beautiful, filled with love, and lots of humor. She is able to manage her household and raise two amazing little men. She gives 100% to her family, but takes time to focus on herself. A lot of my success is from her pushing and believing in me. Let’s read more about this matter of fact mom!

Please welcome the loving and insightful Lainie Rich to our Mommy Blog Project!

Name: Lainie Rich
Location: Chicago, IL  Lainie
Mommy Title: I call myself The Driver, Housekeeper, Manager of the House and the Errand Lady.
Favorite Social Media Site: Facebook, Instagram
Mommy Status: Married
Number of kids: 2
Age: 14 and 12
Gender: Boys

Walk me through a day in your household.
So, my alarm goes off at 6:45am and I am up at 7am. Then my oldest up, and I head downstairs to do lunches. I ask my oldest what he wants for lunch, then I make sure that my youngest is up. I start making him lunch too. I make sure they have a good lunch that they will eat. Then I get coffee going for myself and get breakfast started. At 8:30am I drive my youngest and my oldest walks to school. While they are at school, I run errands, get the house clean, exercise, and get stuff for dinner. I manage all the household duties, and sometimes I get time to myself and schedule a lunch with my friends. On Wednesdays, I get to play Mahj Jong. It is my stress relief, I get to connect with my friends, and have some fun. It is a thing we do. The boys get out of school and my youngest goes to soccer. My oldest comes homes and likes to vegg out. He is excelling at school and it takes a lot out of him, so he likes to come home and chill. Later, I get dinner going. Sometimes I make stuff from scratch. I love to cook and try new recipes. I also like to surprise my boys with their favorite take out too. Then they tackle homework. My oldest does it on his own and I often help my youngest with some of his assignments. The kids get ready for bed and I watch TV or sometimes I treat myself and meet out with my friends.

Lainie Kitchen

What is your favorite room in the house and why?
I would say my kitchen. I feel like it is open and I can cook, watch TV, or have a cup of coffee. It is the central location in our house. I can see everything and we hang out as a family in the kitchen.

What is your favorite time of the day with your kids?
I have to say maybe dinner time. You know, though, driving my youngest to school is a unique time. I get to talk to him and we connect. But, also at night time, I love when my kids want me to tuck them in. It is a special time to me. It reminds me of when they were young. We get that one-on-one time with me.

What is a unique family tradition?
I don’t know if this is unique, but we are big Blackhawks fans. We love to watch the game as a family. It is our thing and the kids look forward to it.

What do you do when you are overwhelmed?
Exercise! It is a huge stress relief for me. I don’t know sometimes, I just try to tackle whatever is overwhelming me.

I take a step back and tackle it. Also, sometimes I just veg out and have a glass of wine. We all need some time to not think and enjoy some good TV. Often my youngest, will sit with me and watch my shows. It means a lot to spend that time with him.

What is the best “uh-oh” story?
This just happened recently. My youngest had an eye doctor appointment. I knew about it all week and put it in my calendar. I was prepping lunches in the kitchen and all of a sudden my phone alarm goes off. It had the calendar reminder 15 minutes until eye doctor appointment. OMG, we need to leave now! I was like oh no I forgot and those appointments are so hard to reschedule. So I got dressed as fast as I could and I started rushing my son to the car. We drove there and I kept calling explaining to them we were late and on our way.  During the check-up, the doctor dilated his eyes. I didn’t put 2 and 2 together, but it was the same day as his ISAT testing. So as you can imagine, my son could not even do the testing his vision was blurred! That was a BIG uh-oh for me.

Kelly Ripa

Which celebrity mom is most like you and why? 
I like Kelly Ripa. I think she is cute and has good time. She manages everything so well. I would say she has a good balance in life and I try to do the same.

What is your favorite website or blog?
I don’t look at that many blogs. But, there is this makeup website from this woman, Lisa Eldridge that I love. I also go to Vogue and Harpers. The one I SHOULD be on more frequently is the parent portal for my kids’ school.

What advice would you give your younger self? 
Right out of college, I had an opportunity to do this internship in DC. It was an incredible opportunity and I didn’t take it. I should have! It’s my little regret: I would make myself do it if I could go back and have a chat with myself.

What is your go to outfit?
Probably jeans, cute pair of boots, and a sweater or blouse. Sometimes a cute t-shirt.

What is something you are pretending to know about but have no clue?
How to be a parent! It’s difficult knowing how to raise your kids to be loving, successful, and kind. You kind of have to go with the flow.

What have you learned from your kids?
What have I learned from my kids? There is so much that right now I can’t really think! I would say patience. Sometimes my kids don’t have a lot of patience and it is challenging. Everything that will happen will end up happening. Things won’t go always the way you plan them, but it all workouts and it will be ok in the end. You can overcome it. My kids have taught me to see things in a different perspective. They are their own little people and have their own personalities. I love finding out about their likes and dreams.

If you could ask the universe one question what would it be?
Will I live a long healthy life?

What is the looming task on your to do list?
Going through all the old cutout recipes I have collected over the years and cook that stuff. I love to find new recipes and I collect them, but I need to try them out or put them somewhere for a rainy day. I also need to clean out my junk drawer.

Closing thoughts, mantra, or advice:
Don’t be so hard on yourself. You are doing the best that you can. Take peoples’ advice with a grain of salt. You know what is right for your kid. You know your kids best. Do what is right for your family.

I would like to thank Lainie Rich for always believing in me. She showed me how to be a good mother and wife all while having fun with life.  She is one of the strongest women I know. She has been through some challenging times and I learned a great deal from her struggles. She truly radiates of love.  Honestly, this woman is AMAZING! Lainie watched me through my own challenges. She stood by me through loss and grief. She could relate and give me some sound advice that I carry in my heart.  She encouraged me when I was going back to school. She always took the time to connect to me and tell me her perspective of the world. Lainie is not only strong, but also knows how to build people into the best person they can be.  She takes you in and treats you like family. She does not judge you, but tells you to follow your dreams. 

Until Next Time…
Kortney Peagram
Be Strong*Be Brave*Be a Bulldog

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