Name: Shawanda Steffen
Children & Ages: Bobby 17, Bryana 16, Harlow 1 (23 months) and 1 year old fraternal twins Kendall and Khloe
Hometown/Current Location: I currently live in Phoenix, AZ
Quick Bio: Currently married with 5 children and a stay at home mom for a little more than 2 years. I have a background in human resources and this is my first time as a stay at home mom. I have worked everyday since I was 16 years of age and this stay at home gig is new to me! While I am blessed we can financially afford to have me staying at home, I miss working….sometimes. I know some mothers might say why would you ever miss working, but everyone is different. I have a page on Facebook “Seriously Shawanda” find me and like my page. It’s just some adventures as a stay at home mom through my comedic eyes!
Q: What is your “go to” snack/toy/show trick when your kids start to fuss?
A: Being a former AZ Cardinals Cheerleader, naturally my girls love to dance! When I have a house full of crabby babies (and after making sure all of their needs are taking care of course), I put on some music and all the girls dance. My living room sorta looks like a scene from Charlie Brown when all the characters are dancing doing their own thang.
Q: How do you balance being a Mommy and keeping your sense of self?
A: Since I technically have 3 one year olds. It’s important to to maintain a schedule especially at nap time. But for some reason I think they take turns breaking the routine. Which then cuts into my “break time,” but once I see their cute lil smile all is forgiven <3
Q: How do you incorporate fitness into your daily routine?
A: Try to incorporate your little one’s into your routine. We have a radio flyer wagon with seat belts. We go walking around the neighborhood as a family. My husband and I take turns pulling the girls. The wagon works your arms, legs and you get a little cardio in there as well. The girls also love it!
Q: As a Mommy what is it that you feel you do “right”?
A: Being patient. I have two older kids that I had when I was a very young adult. I remember my patience wasn’t as good then as it is now. Just realizing babies can’t talk and they can only communicate by crying and acting out. I find I have a lot of patience in dealing with all 3 little girls. Also the schedule works in this scenario as well, but sometimes you just don’t know what they want and have to let them have their moment!