Welcome to Moms At Odds!

Thanks for stopping by.

This site is dedicated to all of us trying to figure this parenting thing out.  Moms face so many decisions, deal with overwhelming pressure, and often are shamed for their choices. If you have parenting questions, then you’re in the right place.  We’ve done all the googling for you and we’ll give you the lowdown on both sides.

We’re here to explore different parenting methods and decisions, weigh the pros and cons, and ultimately help you decide on the best option for your family.  We deal with stuff from pregnancy, delivery, infancy, and even toddlerhood.  Also thrown in there are some extra tidbits about how to help you with the decisions you’ve made (like budgeting for a stay-at-home mom or how to get dinner ready as a full-time working mom).

We first had the idea for Moms At Odds in 2016 when our babies were turning 2 though we have been friends for much longer.  We first met in middle school when we were 14 and have been pretty much inseparable since.  We spent all of our time in high school together, had crushes on the same boys, took the same classes,  and then eventually went to college together where we both lived in the same dorm and even studied Biology.   We stayed close after graduation through new jobs, relationships, and eventually marriage.  Then in 2014 we had babies only 6 months apart.  Suddenly, the similarities stopped.

We became COMPLETELY different moms.  Rachel immediately felt this strong connection to her son and decided she wanted to become a stay-at-home mom.  Though Jo obviously loved her son as well, she counted the days until she could go back to work and interact with other adults.  They both struggled over getting their babies to sleep and while Jo believed in sleep training, Rachel looked for alternatives like dream feeding and no cry methods.   As time passed and their children grew older the differences started to really add up – pacifier use, drinking during breastfeeding, organic foods, screen time, diaper brands, and on and on.

During this day and age, it’s so easy to look at our parenting differences as a bad thing.  After all, we’ve all seen jokes and articles about “Mommy Wars” over one subject or another.   Instead, we choose to embrace our differences and show you that in many areas there is no wrong answer.  What works for one family may not work for another, and that’s perfectly fine.  We can still all get along and raise perfectly healthy, beautiful children.

In case you’re interested, here’s a little about us both.

Hi, I’m Jo!  I have two small children, Ry and Lily, only 19 months apart.  It’s usually crazy around my house, but thankfully my wonderful husband is around a ton and helps keep the peace.  I also own my own business and work full-time.  I’d love to list all these amazing hobbies I have, but honestly I can barely handle keeping the kids entertained, the house clean, and food on the table.  Although on days I’m too tired to do housework, I love to pour a glass of wine and watch Supernatural or Murdoch Mysteries on Netflix.  My husband and I like to stay very busy and drag our kids everywhere with us.  Weekends often include relaxing at wineries, festivals, exploring Washington D.C. and other short getaway trips.

Hey, I’m Rachel.  I have an awesome son and an amazing husband.  Recently, I left my professional career to be a stay-at-home-mom and love it.  Since then I spend most of my time chasing my wild toddler and trying to keep the house from looking like a complete disaster.  Occasionally, I get to read a cheesy romance novel, attempt crafty things, or binge Netflix. But when I’m not doing that, you can find me here trying to help you figure out the easiest ways to feed your family, live on one income, or make some of the millions of decisions moms tackle every day.