Denise Malloy is a Real Mother



Welcome to my world.

I’m a transplanted Southern girl, who will never be confused with a Southern belle. I’ve worked as a lifeguard, a Peace Corps Volunteer, a middle school teacher, and an attorney (but don’t hold that against me). Then along came Older Boy and Younger Boy who rocked my world. But after over a decade of stay-at-home-momhood, I could see the writing on the wall – I would soon work my way out of this parenting gig.  As a result, I re-entered the world of work for pay at a university.  Since I found the lure of the tuition waiver irresistible, I also became a student. One of the key lessons learned in my doctoral program, much like in parenting – I need to sleep. But after many sleepless nights, sixty-three credits, and one dissertation defense, I’m finished. My topic? Writing.

Yes, I wrote about writing. What a dork. But now I get to teach writing – my dream job, for real.

I’m an award winning columnist for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.  I’ve even managed to sucker some big name publications, like Family Circle, Parents, Funny Times and American Profile into publishing my stuff.  I even wrote a book.  My not-so-new baby  book, A Real Mother: stumbling through motherhood, is still around.  It’s available in Bozeman at the Country Bookshelf and online at  It’s also available for Kindle.

Although my home is not quite the high-testosterone Jackass episode it once was, I still live with The Husband and my fur child, the shelter pup. I’m still the only one in the house without a penis, but I don’t care.  I more than make up for that by being deeply in the throes of menopause.  So far, I’m winning.

My goal is to keep it that way.

If you are new to my site, here are a few posts to introduce you to my world:

Shakin’ Off the Earworm

Mommy Needs A Drink

Mom, Interrupted

Jeans for Every Occasion. Seriously.

The Last Best Place – But Not For Haters

Thanks for stopping by. And please, be bold and jump in with a comment.  I double dog dare you.

What I probably shouldn’t tell you is that I live for comments. Really. 


4 thoughts on “Denise Malloy is a Real Mother”

  1. I just finished reading your book and I absolutely loved it! Having raised a very challenging child by myself, but being from a family of 12 kids everything was spot on! My daughter’s 25 and I laughed so hard because she will call for advice /information just to argue and tell me I’m wrong still. My mom had six kids under six at one time as a stay at home mom. I had a mantra when I wanted to strangle mine, “my mom let 12 of us live I can let 1.” I had to keep reading things to my hubby until I finally just told him he should put it on his kindle and read the whole book. Thanks for entertaining me.

  2. As another southern girl living in Big Sky country, I look forward to following your blog! I will also check out your new book on Kindle!

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