Everything I Needed to Learn About Motherhood I Learned From My Sorority Sisters


learned from sorority sistersCall me a child of the 80s subjected to one too many Sweet Valley High books or some other Made for TV Special, but as a kid, I always wanted to be part of a sorority. When I arrived on my college campus, I made a beeline to the Student Life building to learn about Greek Life.

I rushed my second semester and never looked back. Sisterhood made my college experience complete. It satisfied a need for a sister tenfold. (I love my younger brother dearly, but I missed out on a lot of girl talk as a teen). By the time I graduated, I had lived three semesters in my sorority house, which turned out to be a perfect crash course for motherhood.

Lessons from Sorority Living

  • Somebody’s always trying to get in your bed. It’s a slumber party/bedsharing party every night.
  • There’s never any water in the Britta.
  • A half-naked person is always shouting at you.
  • Entertainment always seems to involve singing and clapping, with a side of arts and crafts. Oh, the glitter.
  • The sink is always full of dirty dishes.
  • You have to schedule your shower and laundry time.
  • When you finally make it to the bathroom, inevitably, someone is banging on the door to get in.
  • You spend a fortune on groceries, yet the fridge is always empty.
  • You never get to be alone.
  • Toddlers are really mini drunk adults.
  • The chore board was really command center 1.0.

As crowded, loud, and unpredictable as living in my sorority house was, I’d go back in a heartbeat…and this time, I’d be ready, with my baby wipes.

Were you in a sorority? Do you have anything to add?

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Maria Sette
Maria is a full-time mom, teacher, wife, daughter, and sister, who feels pulled in too many directions! Her older son Michael took over 24 hours to be born, and at six-months-old was diagnosed with allergies to dairy, eggs, nuts, soy, shrimp, and wheat…all after exclusively nursing because she was SO SURE that would help him be a healthy kid. Luckily at age 1, he began to outgrow some of his allergies. Fingers crossed the others will soon follow because that plus a husband who doesn’t eat any veggies and Maria always battling her weight makes for three meals to prepare every night. Luckily, Christopher, her younger son, is a cooperative eater! As someone who has always been committed to making positive change, Maria uses her privilege and position as an educator and mom to work toward a most anti-racisit, equitibile, and inclusive world. Recently, Maria has even started getting up at 5am to workout in her basement. (Thank you pandemic living!) She is addicted to reading chicklit on her Kindle app in the dark, most Trader Joe’s products, and watching TikToks.


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