Shannon Hyland-Tassava

I'm a writer, clinical health psychologist, private wellness coach, and at-home mom. I specialize in women's health and well-being, especially self-care for moms.

My writing has appeared in a number of print and online publications, including the 2009 Seal Press anthology P.S. What I Didn't Say: Unsent Letters to Our Female Friends and the 2011 anthology TORN: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood (Coffeetown Press).

I'm a health and wellness columnist for my local newspaper, a freelance writer, and the author of the parenting blog Mama in Wonderland. My nonfiction self-help book on modern stay-at-home motherhood and self-care, The Essential Stay-at-Home Mom Manual: How to Have a Wondrous Life Amidst Kids and Chaos, was released in winter 2012 and is available wherever books are sold.

Hippity Hoppity

Did you all have a nice Easter weekend? I know I'm a day or two late in asking you that, but still--did you? We did ....more

Mother's Day preview

Every day when I come in to work at my daughters' school, I take the long way from the front office to the special ed classroom, just so I can go down the 2nd grade hallway past Genevieve's room. I don't often see her face then, but I walk right past the large kid projects that her teacher hangs in the hallway. Because they always include original writing on some sort of theme, these art projects are endlessly entertaining.The other day after school, Genevieve excitedly told me to look for the big Mother's Day project her class had been working on ....more


There is very little time to write when life is this full. Life is very, very full. In a good way ....more

They Will Probably Go Out and Shoot Hoops in the Snow.

Hi, friends! Just a quick pop-in to say hello and mention that, despite strep throat, we finished up Spring Break with minimal damage. We even got back to the reptile zoo we visited last year--and yes, Big Al the 14-foot alligator is still there ....more

The Best Laid Spring Break Plans...

Right after I wrote my post yesterday, Julia threw up and has had a sore throat and fever ever since, so I am bringing her in to the clinic this morning for a strep test. It wouldn't be Spring Break if poor Julia didn't end up sick.I guess this is a reason to be glad we're not on some warm trip to Florida or Mexico or Hawaii or Nashville or wherever, like so many families we know. It would be worse to have a truly sick child while far away on vacation than when home in your own town with your own clinic and pediatrician.And that's called "the bright side." ...more

Spring/Winter/Spring? Break

My kiddos and I are on Spring Break. It began last Friday afternoon, just in the nick of time, and goes through next Monday.It has been so, so cold. So depressingly cold and wintry ....more

What Day is It?

I've been having the kind of month (season? year?) where you (I) can't keep straight what day or date it is. Do you ever do that? ...more

Standing Frozen in the Life I've Chosen* (*sorry Demi Lovato)

out for a verrry cold walk a couple of weekends ago. don't let the grin fool you. it was not pleasant outside ....more

Whatever You Do, Do NOT Say the Word "Xerox." No!

It's so cold here that my coffee gets cold from sitting on an end table that is right next to our living room picture window. Gah.The windchill is 30 degrees below zero this morning. It was whipping across the farm fields behind my house all night, swirling snow around like dust balls and banging the windows ....more

Bring It Here Too.

You don't know this, but an entire lifetime has been lived since last I wrote here. See, Tuesday and Wednesday went along swimmingly after Monday's blizzard ....more