About Jen



I’m Jen and the chief blogger here at The Runaway Mama. I write about motherhood, parenting, raising boys, sensory processing disorder, marriage, life, loss, love, excessive shopping, my owl fetish, and everything in between. My work has been published on Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Club Mid, Mamalode, Sammiches and Psych Meds, BonBon Break, BLUNTmoms, and The Good Men Project to name a few.

Despite what the title of my blog suggests, I didn’t become the Runaway Mama because I ran away.  In fact, it’s because I haven’t…yet. I began writing after I caught myself binge watching (before binge watching was a thing) an entire season of Lost (before Orange Is The New Black was a thing) in less than four days while my young boys napped.  Stay-at-home motherhood simultaneously fulfilled and deflated me. Writing about my experience not only got me off the couch (literally), but also it gave me a renewed sense of purpose beyond Dora and diapers or, these days, Minecraft and math homework. Most of all, it made me a better mother. I’ve been blogging as the Runaway (Shopaholic, Anxious, Happy, Guilty, Proud, Crafty, Grateful, Crazy, Still-at-Home) Mama since July 2010.

Want to get in touch? Email me, Jen, at therunawaymama@gmail.com. You can find me on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Happy reading.


14 responses to “About Jen

  1. The most important job in the world reminded me of a Bill Burr bit about it being the most difficult job in the world. It’s a funny bit, no insult intended!


  2. Love your blog. I have munchkins too – nothing like it.


  3. The more moms I find on the brink of losing it, the more I feel like I’m in the right place! Looking forward to reading through your archives! (p.s. if you like Pinot Grigio, try a Vidal sometime…ahh!)


  4. Miriam

    I blog for the same reason- to try to make sense of it. I find that whenever I’m done writing about my family I love them all over again.


  5. Hi there! I just found your Blog and I love what I see! 🙂 So I have nominated you for a Liebster Award! 😀 http://dazzlevine.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/feeling-the-love-liebster-award/


  6. it IS the most important job in the whirled.
    i TRIED, when she was gone and/or at work, and in my own (male) limited weigh, i know mama-hood is way weigh up there.
    i don’t see how you can MMMbare-ass them, B T W


  7. Teacher2mum

    Just a note to let you know I’ve nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award – no pressure to reciprocate of course. But if you would like to accept it, please find it at; http://teacher2mum.com/2013/05/08/belated-but-loyal-in-love/
    Keep up the great posts!


  8. Shoes Summerfield

    Hi, first let me say that I truly enjoy reading your blog. I don’t know if you’re into the Influential Awards thing, but I’ve nominated you for the Most Influential Blogger Award, a bit of blogging fun. Go to my blog to find out more: strokingthecortex.wordpress.com/


  9. Hi there! Just wanted you to know I gave you kudos in a recent post of mine. No need to pass it forward. Just bask in the praise. 🙂 http://wp.me/p4yJo8-b4


  10. Ha! I just read your hysterical Lice blog on Huff Post and followed the breadcrumbs (I was read Hansel and Gretel one too many times!) back to your blog. You’re awesome. We have so many friends in common, I’m surprised I haven’t run into you before online. Anyhow, better late than never!!


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