Meet Amy Dalrymple Murphy.
What is the most played song on your iPod right now? "Stockholm Syndrome" by Muse (judging from the amount of minivans at the Muse concert, they are the most-loved band for moms)
If you had to be on a reality-TV show, which one would it be? "Wipe Out!" I would fail in a spectacular way that would get played repeatedly on YouTube.
Who is your favorite TV/movie parent? Claire from "Modern Family" (when I asked the kids what I should answer, they said "Liz Lemon," but she's not a mom.)
Which superhero power would you like to have? Control the weather. We talk about this all the time at the dinner table, so I didn't have to think about that one.
Favorite thing to do for cheap family fun in Central Ohio: The Zoo
Favorite restaurant to take the kids: Noodles and Company. I know it's a chain, but that place keeps the whole crowd happy!
Favorite movie that you went to see with the kids: "Tangled"
Best advice you ever received as a parent: As long as the kids know you love them, they will turn out OK. (This advice was given by a professional, so it has way more weight than the "you should spank them" advice given by others!)
What have you learned as a parent that you wish someone had told you before had that first kid? It can be really fun! I was always worried I would suck at it because I thought you had to have a clean house and bake all the time.
What's something your mom or dad did that you thought was nuts when you were a kid and now you understand? I'm a fan of the snappy retort, "Start paying the mortgage and you can make the rules."
What's the funniest thing your child ever said or did that you really wish he or she hadn't said or done? Ellie said to her teacher at school, "I collect beer-bottle caps and I have a huge collection because my mom drinks lots of beer."
If you have more than one child, what's the biggest difference between them? The two oldest are pretty serious about school and things being done correctly. They eat what's on their plate and also like to make sure everyone else is following the rules. The youngest is a little different. She adores being the baby of the family and usually tries to find a work-around.
My life's motto is: No one likes a pussyfooter.