Brandi Riley, Scary Mommy

Brandi Riley

Scary Mommy

Oakland, CA, United States

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Past articles by Brandi:

Damn Right, Michelle, 'Leaning In' Is B.S. And Here's Why

Thank you, Michelle Obama, for saying what needed to be said. → Read More

Why No One Eats Your Food At The Holiday Potluck

Wondering why no one eats your food at the holiday potluck? This is why. → Read More

Call Me Strict, But These Are The Things I Will NOT Do For My Kid

I'm not a mean mom, but there are some things I refuse to do for my tween. Doing for herself helps her learn to be independent and take care of herself. → Read More

Stop Asking Black Women To Explain Discrimination

White women have been reaching out to black women for help understanding discrimination. Stop it. Stop asking black women to be your docent through the history of hate in this country. → Read More

These 9 Families Living In RVs Will Make You Want To Hit The Road

Have you ever thought about selling all of your belongings, buying an RV and going on an adventure? These full-time RV families might make you do it! → Read More

Please Stop Asking When We’re Having Another Baby

Although it's usually well-meaning, asking a woman when she's having another baby is a very personal question, and one that I wish people would stop asking. → Read More

These Insta Accounts Will Inspire You To Save (Instead of Spend) Money

Looking for some money saving inspiration? Head over to Instagram where these savvy savers are sharing their secrets for living great on a budget. → Read More

This Is What It's Like To Have A Toxic Parent

She wasn't around when I needed her as a new mom. Now she's not even able to be here for her grandchildren. This is what it's like to have a toxic parent. → Read More

Trying to figure out what my toddler needs is tough

At around 1 a.m. this morning, my son Jamie woke up crying. I tried nursing him back to sleep. That didn’t work. My husband changed his diaper. → Read More

I Refuse To Parent My Spouse, And You Should Too

Your spouse is not your child. They don't need you to be a parent to them. → Read More

Summer Camps Are Leaving Poor Kids Behind

With camps becoming more and more expensive, the kids who need enrichment most over the summer aren't likely to receive it. → Read More

I'm An Indoor Mom, And I Make No Apologies

If I don't feel like swatting flies out of my face or sleeping on the ground, that's my right. My family can go without me. → Read More

How to deal with 4 not-so-pleasant side effects of pregnancy

I never felt more beautiful then when I was pregnant. Thanks to prenatal vitamins, my hair was lush and full. My skin was clear and dewy. The curves of my b… → Read More

Breastfeeding was so uncomfortable I thought I was going to have to stop

Breastfeeding is the one mama task that came easily to me when I had my first child. My now 8-year-old daughter latched on easily, the milk came freely, and… → Read More

5 pregnancy habits I had to let go of once my baby was born

Being pregnant for 9 months sure did a number on me. Life is so different when you’re carrying another human. Many of the habits that I had before I got pre… → Read More

I’m a work-at-home mom, here’s how you can become one too

From the moment I laid eyes on my first child 8 years ago, I knew I wanted to be a work-at-home mom. Before she was born, I figured I’d give birth, go on maternity leave, and then be back at work, climbing the corporate ladder in no time. Motherhood was not going to stop me… Read more » → Read More

My baby will only play with stuff that’s not toys

What is it with babies and the odd things they like to play with? Plastic keys and brightly colored blocks are no match for plastic spoons, drinking straws … → Read More

My baby doesn’t sleep on his own and it’s my fault

My baby doesn't sleep on his own and it's my fault. Read how one mom's habits made her baby dependent on her for sleeping. → Read More

I’ll never forget how hard it was to be a single mom with a baby

I was a single mother when I had my daughter Ayva eight years ago. My ex and I parted ways while I was pregnant, and I knew he wasn’t going to be much help once she was born. I did what I could to prepare for a life of taking care of a baby all… Read more » → Read More

This could have ended so differently: I forgot my baby was in the car

When I almost forgot my newborn baby in the back seat of the car, I was reminded that I am not super mom. It was a wake up call, indeed. → Read More