Who The Flicka? is an ongoing series where we spotlight our amazing contributors and make them answer our questions.

This week’s featured contributor is Jennifer Oradat, author of posts like “She Doesn’t Pity Me. She Gets It” and “10 Things We Still Love As Adults (That We Probably Shouldn’t.”

Where are you from?

Birmingham, AL, born and raised.

What do you do?

I’m a freelance writer and editor, and the producer/director of Listen to Your Mother: Birmingham, which is coming to Alabama for the first time in 2016!

Do you have kids? How many? (tell us a little about them)

I have two kids, Maggie, 8, and Liam, 6. Maggie is my fearless athlete, and she honestly believes she can climb a real mountain with no training or gear, while in the third grade. Liam just lost his first tooth after going for years thinking he’d be the only person on the planet to reach adulthood with only baby teeth.

How do you juggle?

Usually with two hands, but I’m terrible at it.

Most embarrassing moment?

In the eighth grade I tried to impress a boy by using the word “tedious.” It did not work.

If you could trade places with anyone in the world for a day, who would it be?

Meh, no thanks. I’ve barely got this life under control; there’s no way I could handle somebody else’s problems for 24 hours.

What is your favorite four letter word?

I refuse to answer this on the grounds that my mother might read it.

Who The Flicka? is an ongoing series where we spotlight our amazing contributors and make them answer our questions.

This week’s featured contributor is Karen Johnson, author of posts like “Can I Be An 80s Mom For A Day?” and “What About When The Bad Guys Are Real?”

Where are you from?

I currently live in the Kansas City area. I grew up in Connecticut but have lived all over the country throughout my adulthood.

What do you do?

I was a high school English teacher in my former life. I am now a free-lance writer, editor, and blogger.

Do you have kids? How many? (tell us a little about them)

I have 3 kids: ages 7, 4, and 2. I have two boys and one girl. My oldest boy is a Lego master and a bookworm. My daughter (the 4 year old), is kind and nurturing and loves to create things with her imagination. My little monster (the 2 year old) enjoys climbing, jumping, and playing anything where he can throw a ball.

How do you juggle?

Somedays well, somedays not. I try to make lists. I try to compartmentalize the day with time blocks. Some days I am supermom reading books, cooking healthy meals, and volunteering at school. Other days I am guilty of popping in a movie so I can get some writing done. After bedtime, I sit down to a glass of wine or a beer and usually leave the house a mess because that’s me time. That’s my time to write, read, research, and take a break from mommyhood. The dishes usually wait until the morning.

Most embarrassing moment?

Ha! There are so many. Walking around with leaky boobs on Thanksgiving and having conversations with my brother-in-law, all the while having wet circles on my shirt. Having a button pop off of my shirt due to my milk-filled boobs at a playdate and shoot across the room. Having my then 1-year old take naked pictures of me through the glass shower doors and then having my then 6-year old ask about them at gymnastics, loudly, in front of everyone. (I blogged about that!)

If you could trade places with anyone in the world for a day, who would it be?

My first grade son. He is in such a good place at 7 years old, happily soaking up any bits the world can give him. He loves school. He loves being home with us. He’s just happy. I’d love to relieve that simplicity. I’d love to see the world through his eyes, so I can make sure it is being kind to him and appreciating who he is. He is my first (and only, so far) to be gone at school all day, and I miss him. I wouldn’t want to trade paces with a famous person. I don’t envy their stress and pressure.

What is your favorite four letter word?
Fuck (but usually in my head — I say frick out loud, almost always).

Who The Flicka? is an ongoing series where we spotlight our amazing contributors and make them answer our questions. 

This week’s featured contributor is Cheryl Nicholl, author of posts like “11 Foolproof Husband Hacks,” and “8 Life Lessons From My 82 Year Old Mother“. 

Where are you from?

The Connecticut Western Reserve (Revolutionary War pay back) area of NE Ohio. Specifically from a little village called Chagrin Falls. Think Bedford Falls from It’s A Wonderful Life except in color.

What do you do?

What don’t I do? (I think most women can relate to that), but on a serious note I’m a retired educator who has dabbled in house flipping. I currently write a blog and attend parties.

Do you have kids?

We have two biological and one that we scooped-up along the way. Our ‘birth’ kids include a son in NYC that is assisting in changing the way we will all travel in the future through new technology. (Very hush-hush). He’s engaged to a fabulous woman and they’re getting married here in New Orleans next spring (SCORE!). Our daughter is in Veterinary school and is currently dating her cat. She recently suggested I refer to her as Dr. Nicholl. I agreed as long as she refers to me as Your Majesty and bows when I enter the room. Our ‘foster’ son is currently in Europe chasing a woman. Some things never change.

Most embarrassing moment?

I once mentioned that I thought a woman’s father was very charming. It was her husband. Oops.

Trading places?

I’d love to be the President for one day just so that I could stop complaining about how easy it would be to change things.

Favorite four letter word?

Can we shorten Son-Of-A-Bitch?

Who The Flicka? is an ongoing series where we spotlight our amazing contributors and make them answer our questions. 

This week’s featured contributor is Denise Geelhart, author of posts like “Older Moms vs. Younger Moms” and “7 Things Nobody Told You About Having Kids“.

Where are you from?

You would think this is an easy question, but it’s not. I’ve moved 26 times in my life, the first seven moves by the time I was 10. My dad was in the Air Force so we moved a lot. At 10, my dad went from active duty to Air Force Guard, meaning more stability. We settled in St. Charles, Missouri when I was 12. I lived there until I graduated from high school.

What do you do?

I’m a stay-at-home mom and freelance writer. Before I became a mom, I worked in education for nearly 12 years. I started by working with college students in residential life, starting as a residence hall director and ending as an area coordinator in charge of several residence halls. I left that job and went through alternative training to become an elementary school teacher. I taught first grade (and once or twice second) for six years.

Do you have kids? How many? 

I have 3 beautiful little girls, 4 months old to 4 years old. My baby is the sweetest. She’s officially my favorite baby because she lets me sleep more than her older sisters ever did. I’m sure she’ll find a way to torture me when she gets older. My 2 1/2 year old is a sweetheart, momma’s girl, but she’s also trouble. Big trouble. Don’t let her sweet smile fool you. Then there is my oldest. She’s bright, inquisitive, independent, and likes things her way. As her preschool teacher put it, she’s most likely to become president of her class some day.

Most embarrassing moment?

A picture exists of me (at 18 months old) wearing a Mizzou (University of Missouri) sweatshirt. I shudder to think who would do that to a poor, unsuspecting future University of Kansas Jayhawk.

If you could trade places with anyone in the world for a day, who would it be?

Felicity Huffman. I think she’s pretty fabulous, after all she created What the Flicka?

What is your favorite four letter word?

Fuck. There, I said it. I’d say it more but I have 3 littles at home waiting to echo every word.

Who The Flicka? is an ongoing series where we spotlight our amazing contributors and make them answer our questions. 

This week’s featured contributor is Jan Moyer, author of posts like “16 Parenting Tips For Actual Parents” and “But That’s For Girls…“.

Where are you from?
I’m from Kitchener, Ontario, Canada.

What do you do?
I teach Kindergarten (ages 3-6 here in Ontario)

Do you have kids? How many?
I have four boys, all two years apart. They surprise me constantly with their individuality despite being siblings. I’ve often been asked if I was “going for a girl” and the honest answer is “no” – once we had two, I couldn’t imagine anything else. They are sweet, funny, gross, and active. I’m particularly thrilled with their developing sense of humour. They range from age 9 down to 4. I’m getting a bit frighened with how much they eat. Already stocking our food bunker for when they hit the teen years.

Most embarrassing moment?
I once went up to a man sitting in the corner of the local shopping plaza and handed him a five dollar bill, to be charitable. He looked at me, took his earbuds out and replied, “I’m not homeless, I’m on my break.” Full story is here.

If you could trade places with anyone in the world for a day, who would it be?
If I could trade places with anyone for a day, it would be Mindy Kaling – she’s funny, smart and seems to live life to the fullest. I’d settle for being her friend for the day.

What is your favorite four letter word?
Oh, I cleaned up my language long ago (teaching kindergarten and all) so most often you’ll hear me say “nuts”. What I mutter unintelligibly under my breath is a whole different story.

Who The Flicka? is an ongoing series where we spotlight our amazing contributors and make them answer our questions. 

This week’s featured contributor is Kathy Radigan, author of posts like “I’m No Longer A Fun Mom” and “Top 10 Reasons I Won’t Lie About My Age“.

Where are you from?
I am a born and raised New Yorker. I grew up in the suburbs of Long Island and swore that once I left home to go to school, I would never, ever return. After 14 years of living in my beloved Manhattan, 5 of them with my husband, we moved to a house in Queens and then four years later moved six blocks from my childhood home. Yes, my kids go to the exact same schools I did. Never in a million years did I think I would be one of “those” people. But I love it!

What do you do?
I am a full time mom of three and a part time blogger and writer. I can be seen regularly on The Huffington Post and of course What the Flicka. I also have been featured on Scary Mommy, TODAY parents, Yahoo, What to Expect and other online magazines. I publish a weekly essay on my own site, My dishwasher’s possessed. And yes, it really is possessed.

Do you have kids? How many?
My husband and I have been married for 22 years and have three children, two boys, 16 and 10 and a daughter, who is 13. They are the reason I have no more brain cells but I adore them so I consider the trade-off to be fair.

Most embarrassing moment?
I have so many embarrassing moments that a better question for me is, what you is most recent one? And that would be last Friday when I was in the market shopping for dinner. I noticed a lot of people looking at me and wasn’t really sure why. That is until I got in my car and realized that I had been wearing my raincoat inside out.

If you could trade places with anyone in the world for a day, who would it be?
My daughter has significant special needs that make communication extremely challenging. I would love to spend a day as her so I could have a better understanding of how her amazing mind works.

What is your favorite four letter word?
I am not one to curse but when I do nothing quite packs the punch like a good old fashioned F***!