5 Minutes With a Mom

Name: Amanda Harrisamandaharris012.JPG

Children: Colorado, 7, and Mary Margaret, 5

Birth order: Second oldest of four. Amanda said she got plenty of practice babysitting as a kid and she enjoys helping out first-time mom friends who need advice.

Best advice? Spend as much time with your children as you can and hold them often.

Best stress reliever? Running or bicycling. Amanda also enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and disc golf. Surprisingly, Amanda says her job is a stress reliever. She’s a masseuse and enjoys making other people feel good!

Favorite part of parenting: “The I love yous,” she said, “and the random hugs and love. That’s the reminder that I’m doing it OK, I think.”

Something she’s proud of as a mom: Cooking from scratch. “I like very back to the basics food,” she said. If she ever went back to college, Amanda said she would enjoy studying nutrition or counseling.

Most challenging part of parenting: Being a single parent and making a living when you want to be with your kids.