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Happy Chaos, Soleil Moon Frye

Soleil Moon Frye Happy Chaos from Punky to Parenting

by Deborah Cruz

Happy Chaos ~ Isn’t that the exact spot where most mothers reside? I do and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Recently, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting (via Skype) the star of one my favorite childhood TV shows,(no, not Ricky Schroeder though that would certainly be nice too:) Soleil Moon Frye…PUNKY BREWSTER!Is it wrong that I was so geeked to speak with her? If it is, I don’t want to be right!

Happy Chaos, Soleil Moon Frye

In a way, Soleil Moon Frye never stopped being Punky, the fun- loving star of the 1980s hit television show Punky Brewster. In the real world, she’s the mom with the inside-out shirt and bits of playdough in her hair, who can’t remember where she parked the car. She balances being a mom with a hundred other tasks associated with running her eco-friendly clothing store The Little Seed, hosting her web series on HerSay.com, advocating for causes close to her heart, and being Target’s Mommy Ambassador, to name a few. As Twitter and Facebook communities can attest, Soleil’s life is messy and chaotic, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her book, HAPPY CHAOS: From Punky to Parenting and My Perfectly Imperfect Adventures in Between (on sale August 23,2011) is a refreshing take on modern parenting that encourages moms to be themselves and to embrace the inevitable madness of raising kids and living a full life.

I met Soleil while being a Hot Topic guest on HerSay. She is as sweet and spunky as you could have imagined. She is very down to earth and talking to her felt like talking to one of the mom’s you might meet at the park or in one of your child’s Kindermusik classes. I was very excited when I found out that she was writing a book Happy Chaos From Punky to Parenting and My Perfectly Imperfect Adventures In Between ( in stores TOMORROW August 23,2011). The book is a refreshing take on modern parenting that encourages moms to be themselves and to embrace the inevitable madness of raising kids and living a full life. I’ll take one please.

Happy Chaos is the place between perfection and destruction where bliss exists

Soleil believes that “happy chaos” is a sign of a family operating at its best—when parents accept that they’ll make mistakes, there will be messes, tears and skinned knees. Her over 1.4 million Twitter followers know just how much Soleil lives this philosophy as she often shares with her real and virtual friends and family how she navigates the various obstacles of parenthood.

I had the opportunity to interview Soleil about her parenting style and am sharing them here with you. Hope you enjoy getting to know Soleil on a more personal level as much as I did.

What is the most profound way in which having your children has changed your life?

I learn more and more each day from my children and I never imagined they would be life’s greatest teachers. Amen sister!

If you were only allowed to leave your girls with three life lessons, what would they be?Why?

The lessons would be

1) to stay strong and always self-confident

2) to be kind to others and the world around them.

3) to love completely and not be afraid or fearful of what’s to come. To embrace every moment and lose themselves in the dash in between. These three lessons are amazing and I think every mother can relate. I know I certainly do.

How has your perspective on parenting and the world changed from before you had your girls? What do you do or not do that you never thought you would before giving birth?

Before kids, I thought I was going to be the total hippie laid back parent. I guess I am a bit more protective than I ever thought I would be.  Aren’t we all? Who knew having our hearts walking around outside our bodies would be so monumental.

Happy Chaos is where true happiness lives

Happy Chaos comes out tomorrow ( August 23,2011). I am giving away one signed copy to a lucky follower of The TRUTH about Motherhood. All you need to do is GFC follow The TRUTH about Motherhood or email susbscribe and leave me a comment about your own Happy Chaos (please include your email address). A winner will be chosen on Friday August 22, 2011.Or you can click Here to be one of the first moms on the block to own a copy of

Happy Chaos

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Jenni Chiu 2011/08/22 - 11:46 am

Dooode! I already GFC and follow you in all sorts of ways.

I’m learning that the chaos will never stop- so might as well be happy about it! My hair looks good messy, coffee replaces sleep, and dogs are excellent mops!

Parenting Twitter Style 2011/08/22 - 12:16 pm

[…] @TruthfulMommy Deborah  Happy Chaos from Punky to Parenting: motherhoodthetruth.com/?p=5449 SO excited to get my hands on this book @moonfrye @diapershops DiaperShops.com  How to handle […]

Coffee Lovin' Mom 2011/08/22 - 1:31 pm

Your GFC icon is not coming up but I believe I follow you already. My happy chaos is helped with coffee which allows me to be the head ringmaster of chaos…

Abbi 2011/08/22 - 2:15 pm

Already follow you girl.

My happy chaos? My everyday life. Being a wife, mommy, and a server in a German restaurant with a big bossy German as my boss. Wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Diane 2011/08/22 - 11:18 pm

I subscribe…

My happy chaos is the fact that no matter how much I clean my house, there are still piles of toys everywhere. And despite how frustrating it is sometimes, I feel blessed that I have my little messy monkey, who we waited for and wanted for a very long time! It helps that he’s cute!

kim mcintosh 2011/08/24 - 3:13 pm

We love the balance in between… and I subscribe via gfc and email.

Not having our days totally planned leaves room for adventures and letting the flow of our day determine out fun. The pile of unfolded diapers and laundry makes for a great pile of adventure crawling.

mcintosh dot kimberley at gmail dot com


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