(Photo: Christine Coppa, fourth from the left, with her best girlfriends the night of high school prom.)
I always wanted to be a mom and as a teen I worked at a daycare after school. I also excelled in English and creative writing classes. Today, I am a mom to a 7-year-old boy and I’m a professional writer — I even combined my two loves and wrote a book about being a single mom.
Here, from an informal Facebook poll, other parents share whether they live up to their high school reputations.
“I was voted ‘most talented’ in my senior class and considered myself a bit of a drama nerd. I studied theater arts in college and dreamed of seeing myself on the big screen. I have two kids under 6 and somehow ended up working at a financial firm. However, I’m awesome at doing different voices — raspy, squeaky, English — during story time and the kids love it!” —Natalie Nielson, financial services.
(Photo: Natalie Nielson and her children.)
“In high school, I was caption of the football cheerleading and basketball dance teams, and of the Student Dance Association. I kept all three squads in line and choreographed our routines. I have a 2-year-old daughter who will start dance class in the Fall and I run a pretty tight ship at home — almost like a choreographed routine — especially in the mornings while I get everyone fed, dressed, to daycare and preschool and myself, to work.” —Lissa G., teacher.
(Photo: Lissa G.’s daughter).
“I was never the popular girl in high school and I was known for always doing my own thing, even if it wasn’t easy. My life is still very much this way — I loved being a SAHM, but I figured out how to have a career and be with my son full time.” —Jillian Darlington, CEO and Founder MomCoApp
(Photo: Jillian Darlington and her son)
“I was known as a party animal in high school. I’m in bed by 9 p.m. these days because feeding time for our twin infants is at 2 a.m..” —Jason R.
“I went to an all-girls high school and was known as a ballerina. I’m now a single mom raising a 6-year-old boy who kills it on the soccer field. But that doesn’t mean we don’t rock out and have routine dance parties at home.” —Jenn Perrson, advertising executive.
“I was an it-girl who had designer handbags and an Audi. Today I’m a pharmacist and I work at a chain drugstore. I drive a crossover. The only thing designer in my closet is my wedding dress. Everything changes when you have a baby!” —Hallie S.
“It's hard to admit that I was a jerk in high school, but I was. My daughter has had issues with other kids bullying her and it breaks my heart. I also feel guilty for calling my peers ‘nerds’ or spreading rumors about girls — especially because I have a daughter.” —Kevin F.