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We celebrate & explore the diversity of motherhood

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Shadra Bruce

Founder of MomsGetReal

Author of 25 Rules for Being a GREAT Stepmom & Stories from a Stepmom


From the day they’re born, our kids both challenge and delight us. 

We're not all wicked...

Stepmoms get a bad rap, but they’re often the glue that holds the family together.

Back to School Has Changed

Back to school has changed; parents have to do more than back to school clothes shopping. They have to buy bullet proof backpacks.

My Children Can, and Should, Choose Their Own Clothes

Some days my daughter looks like a homeless ballerina, and I really don’t care. I have bigger fish to fry, and kids deserve a small bit of independence.

How to Lower Monthly Expenses Before Starting a Family

If you’re planning to start a family, these tips can help you lower your monthly expenses so that you’re more financially prepared.

Internet Safety for Kids: What Every Parent Should Know

Kids are spending more time online these days, especially with hybrid learning. We asked David Lukić, security and compliance specialist at IDStrong, to give us a run down on internet safety for kids, including their heightened risk for identity theft. Getting Read...

The Changing Nature of Motherhood

The changing nature of motherhood means your relationship with your kids and what they need from you will change too.


Put on your own oxygen mask first, mama

Making Memories

We are family – but we weren’t always born that way


Oh, the places we go! And what we do when we can’t

Empowering Women

Stay home, work from home, go to work – you’re a good mom

Are you a stepmom? Struggling to find your way or frustrated at all the stepmoms who spend their days complaining about the role they’ve chosen? I invite you to read Stories from a Stepmom and 25 Rules for Being a GREAT Stepmom. If you are unable to purchase them, just get in touch and I’ll gift you a copy.

About Shadra

Hi! I’m Shadra, and I’m mom to five kids ranging in age from teens to 30s and nana to 3 amazing grandkids.

MomsGetReal is my eternal baby. Formed on Mother’s Day in 2010, MomsGetReal grew out of my desire to help other moms realize that motherhood is crazy, there’s no real way to do it right, and love is the most important thing you can give your kids.

And man, when you have kids, life just skids out of control and all you can do is hold on and go for the ride. I hope you’ll join us and share your stories with us. 

MomsGetReal is  dedicated to helping other parents know that when life with kids skids out of control and gets a little bit crazy, we’re here to help with stories, advice, and recommendations that make it all a little easier.

All of the women who write for MomsGetReal are dedicated to stripping away the pretense and getting real about motherhood – from the funny and gross to the poignant and scary. Our growing community seeks to freely share their experiences in order to help others find solutions, solace, advice, and resources that make raising healthy, happy kids a little bit easier in a non-judgmental and supportive way.

MomsGetReal empowers moms to make a difference for their families, in their communities, and in the world.

MomsGetReal is more than one voice; it’s a powerful group of women and moms who share the intimate details of their lives to help others.

Are you a mom with ideas to share? 

Tell your stories on MomsGetReal

Get in touch with us at write@momsgetreal.com