Mamasylum - Because we all feel like being institutionalized at some point.

About Me

Who do I think I am writing a blog?

     I’d like to be the woman who is completely organized, has a tasty meal waiting for her husband when he gets home, has a house that’s impeccably decorated, in perfect physical shape, a mom that never, ever gets frustrated at her child and a Christ-follower that would make God Himself proud. Instead, I‘m a mess.Though I look put together most days on the outside, on the inside I’m one step away from the Mamasylum. At least that’s how it feels at times.

  X-rays showed nothing broken. Woot!   The more Mamas I meet and truly get to know, I realize there are a lot of us out there that are striving too hard to live this perfect life and hide our flaws. Certainly, there are some flaws that are socially unacceptable and do require serious therapy. See your shrink for those.

     For the quaint flaws, I’m learning to embrace mine. For instance, I’d love to be graceful. However, God didn’t feel the need to endow me with that gift. Instead, when going on vacation, my husband and I now enter the nearest urgent care in our GPS. Until very recently, I used to get embarrassed and worry about getting hurt. Now, I embrace my battle scars and feel that, through my example, I’ve shown my daughter how to get back up and laugh it off, even as I’m getting stitches, x-rays, or just soaking sore muscles. 

Shannon OkaharaShannon is the stay-at-home Mama of one. But don’t ask her what she does all day. Between volunteering in the PTA, coaching volleyball, gardening, carpooling, writing (cheap therapy), publishing a book, and the business of everyday life, she has one foot in and the other out of the Mamasylum. She loves visitors, so get a day pass and visit her at or You can also email her at


  1. So well said. Shannon! What a pleasure to visit your site. I have “been there – done that” in years past, sharing similar “Mama” feelings. Still, I enjoy reading (and realizing) that I was not alone! Now, it is our daughter’s turn to experience the mamasylum years with our grandchildren. Needless to say, I sent the link for your site to Corinne.

    Comment by Denise Lampignano — August 14, 2013 @ 2:30 pm
  2. Thanks, Denise! Glad to know you survived these Mama feelings and that I could too 🙂 Can’t wait til I can sit back and laugh at my daughter when she’s going through it. Though, I should say, encourage her, not laugh at her 🙂

    Comment by Mamasylum — September 13, 2013 @ 4:34 am

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