Mod Mom: Today’s June Cleaver

I would’ve liked to have lived in the 1950s. I love fifties music, and perhaps that’s why I can sing almost every verse of most Buddy Holly songs. And who doesn’t like a good poodle skirt? Whether it was or not, life seemed a little less complex back then. Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I don’t like my iPhone or a frothy Starbucks cappuccino, I do. But thanks to women’s liberation, I now get to work two full time jobs and try to squeeze in writing and marketing my book in between.
Modern moms work. And I don’t just mean working moms. I’ve watched stay-at-home moms that may even work harder than I do. They endure without a break and without a paycheck to validate them at the end of the week. Luckily, I have a good balance. If you’re a mom, no matter which camp you fall into, finding balance is key.

Still, I want to be June Cleaver for my kids. I want them to embrace their childhood in a world that makes them grow up too fast. I want them to remember that mommy let them climb into bed with her when they had a bad dream, even if the parenting book said she shouldn’t. I want them to add colored sprinkles to their toast and eat breakfast with a smile on their face. It’s hard, and I’m exhausted, but I still find a way to bring cupcakes for their class. (It’s a good thing schools don’t allow homemade treats anymore.) But, that’s just what modern moms do, right? I look forward to sharing my stories with you, and I hope you’ll do the same. 

Maeli and Grady’s Favorite Sprinkle Toast

Spread whipped cream cheese across top of toast.
Add favorite sprinkles and a touch of cinnamon, if desired.
Cut into squares.
Spread the love.


Misa Rush competed in gymnastics for eighteen years, including four on a full-ride scholarship to Eastern Michigan University. She graduated from Arizona State University with a master's degree in business administration. She currently resides in Gilbert, Arizona, with her husband and two children. Family Pieces is her first novel. For more information, connect with Misa on, Facebook and Twitter.