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Kathleen Smith, founder of morphmom.com, graduated from Holy Cross in 1990 and Georgetown Law School in 1993. After a year long clerkship, she served as an Assistant Prosecutor in Hudson County, New Jersey for six years. After the birth of her second of three children, Kathleen decided to stop working and stay home. Thirteen years later, when she was ready to re-enter the workforce, she realized just how difficult this transition was going to be. She had to face some unfortunate realities including her lack of confidence, loss of connections and concerns over what she could contribute at this point in her life.

Kathleen quickly noticed that she was not alone. There were in fact many women who had found themselves in this very same position. In an effort to figure out what to do, she reached out to other moms for support. After a thorough investigation, she realized a large percentage of these women had actually managed to chart their own course and start over!

Kathleen was fascinated by these success stories and decided to chronicle the inspirational stories of these remarkable women in the hopes of helping others to do the same. She named these amazing mothers "morphmoms," women who had made a conscious decision to stay home to raise their children and who then went on to prove that decision did not need to be one that foreclosed options, but could actually open up new possibilities. Women with the vision, creativity and determination to "morph" into something new, something for which there was no real template: women who successfully pursued their life-long aspirations, embarked on new and old careers, started new businesses, pioneered new ways of contributing to society -- not instead of, or after, but WHILE raising children.
Armed with just a small handheld video camera, Kathleen began her quest. She initially began interviewing local mothers, who in turn began to refer her to women in similar situations around the country. And before she knew it, the morphmom movement began to pick up speed.

Today, after launching her website www.morphmom.com in December 2012, Kathleen has interviewed over 200 moms from across the country and beyond. Along with the inspirational videos, the site features a portion dedicated to promoting these women and their stories, an interactive social network component which allows moms the opportunity to connect directly with one another, and finally a "Have it/Need it" board where job opportunities and ideas as well as volunteer options will be made available.

One-stop shopping - and all from our unique viewpoint! The first place to visit each day with your morning coffee. A single site for the mom searching for something more ….

Entries by Kathleen Smith

Everything I Need to Know I Learned at Vogue!

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2016 | 4:10 PM

"Non nobis solum nati sumus." (Not for ourselves alone are we born.) -- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The Georgetown Scholarship Program, aka "GSP," is a groundbreaking program at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, that that now serves 640 primarily first generation college undergraduates and boasts over 600 graduates with a...

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Just a Few Toenails...

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 3:27 PM

"What have you done over the past four days?  Helped someone?  Sacrificed yourself for the good of others?  Inspired hundreds, if not thousands?

Me either.  But I know one woman who did all three.

Meet morphmom, retired Marine Major veteran,and my dear friend, Bridget Guerrero.

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"Stories Worth Telling"

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 8:12 AM

Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.
Robert Altman

Some people are movie buffs. Some aren't. But I defy you to find anyone who can't rattle off at least one movie line that at some point in their lives moved them, inspired them, tickled them, spoke to them...

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Valor Knows No Gender

(1) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 12:10 PM

"Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul."
-- Michel de Montaigne

One of my earliest, fondest memories is of sitting with my grandfather as he recounted his days in the military in World War II, comprised, in significant part,...

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'There Is Nothing Standing In Our Way'

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 3:25 PM

"We can truly do whatever it is we want to do. There is nothing standing in our way." -- Gloria Steinem

Another (a)typical morning in the life of a morphmom. Somewhere in the middle of my third hour-long round-trip to my son's school to drop off the third forgotten school...

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It's All About The Bag

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2014 | 11:01 PM

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time has come.  ~Victor Hugo
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Cinda needed a bag.

A very specific type of bag, mind you.  Machine washable, water resistant, stain resistant,...

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All In The Family

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 2:39 PM

"A happy family is but an earlier heaven."
George Bernard Shaw


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I'm the oldest - chronologically, at least - of four girls, all born within 6 years of one another. Although my poor father...

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'Getting Off on the Right Foot'

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2014 | 6:50 PM

Last [Wednesday]: 8:40 a.m.  Morning ritual with my dog, Huckleberry: 
 

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My train, of course, was at 8:48 a.m.  Won the battle (only lost one bow), but lost the war (ended up driving).  
 
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The Power of Kind

(1) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 5:33 PM

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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As a child, my father taught me to always come to the aid of the underdog. And that, counterintuitively,...

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'Is There a Doctor in the House?'

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 8:44 AM

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Study the past if you would define the future." -- Confucius

Here I sit, overwhelmed with nostalgia for a time I never knew. A time when ice cream sodas were shared at a counter, Norman Rockwell painted every emotion we longed to...

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Isabelle's Gift

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 10:09 AM

"When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude." -- Elie Wiesel
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The Time: 1942-1945. The Holocaust.

The Setting: Czortkow Ghetto, Nazi-occupied Poland (now Ukraine)....

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Morphmom: Generations

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 5:17 PM

Meet Edie
Realtor, Politician, Publisher and Sage...

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What did you want to be when you grew up?
"I didn't really dream about being this that or the other because... I was born in the depression years. We worked so...

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Meet the Morphmoms

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 12:11 PM

Meet Kusha Alagband
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What made you want to start a career in photography?
"I started by shooting a lot of weddings, and then, I chased my love which is shooting family portraits... documenting the connection between parents and children... for the...

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Meet the Morphmoms: One Inspiring Mom's Move to China

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 6:33 PM

Louisa May Alcott once wrote, "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship." That's not as true for me. In fact, it's pretty much false. I'm deathly afraid to cross the ocean. Or the continent, for that matter, as I am extremely afraid...

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Meet the Morphmoms

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 12:26 AM

Allow me to introduce morphmom Elizabeth Schulte Roth, writer extraordinaire, and her new column, "Mean Girl Mommies".

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After a decade in the New York editorial world with magazines such as Vanity Fair, Details and Harper's Bazaar, Elizabeth Schulte Roth moved to Atlanta to...

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Meet the Morphmoms

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 9:34 AM

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From Public Relations, to Media, to Mom, to Author CHRISHAUNDA LEE PEREZ


What is your favorite Job?
"There is no job that will give you AS much joy as motherhood because there's such great risk involved and...

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Meet the Morphmoms

(0) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 9:47 AM

It is 6:57 a.m. The school bus leaves in seven minutes (and the bus stop is a five minute drive). On my way out the door, a pile of mail, untouched for three days, catches my eye. As I wait for my son to come barreling down the stairs in...

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Meet the morphmoms

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 1:23 PM

So, you say to yourself, a blog about morphmoms. Sounds great, you say. Just one question: What is a morphmom?

Well, I'm one. But this blog isn't about me. It's about THEM. Maybe you're one of them. Maybe you're one and you don't know it yet. One of an...

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