About Me

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My name is Whitney Fleming, and thanks for stopping by my little corner of the Internet. I am the mom to three tween daughters and writing is the way I keep my sanity. Wine is a close second.

A few things you should know about me: I believe that one kind gesture can cause a chain reaction of goodwill. I despise exclusion, in any capacity. I think insecurity is the root cause for the Mommy Wars. I cry, a lot, and sometimes even I don’t know why. I am a hugger, and I don’t care if you’re not…you’ll get hugged any way. I mess up all the time and will tell you about it. And I’ve seen Milli Vanilli in concert (I just like people to know whatever shame they are carrying around, I can probably top it.)

My blog is inspired by a regular Friday play group I participated in that helped me navigate some difficult aspects of life.  Either over coffee or a glass of wine, we tackled issues ranging from potty training and bullying to job loss and cancer. We couldn’t solve every issue, but it was easier to deal with knowing we weren’t alone.

As I told people about my “Friday Playdates” (also lovingly known to adults as my wine playgroup), I often heard women say the same thing over and over: “I wish I could have a group like that!” Hence, Playdates on Fridays was born.

I am a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, and my work is also published on sites including Scary Mommy, In the Powder Room, Coffee + Crumbs, and Lies About Parenting, among others.

If you would like to connect, you can find me on Facebook, Twitter or via email at fleming.whit(at)gmail.com.



  1. Your article about Kik happened to one of my daughters. Unfortunately I fought it after the demands. My daughter has severe depression now and acts out. Trying to get her mentally healthy again has been tough. We didn’t catch the predator yet. Law officials have to do something to ban these sites permanently. That’s the only way it will stop.

  2. Hey Whitney, I saw your article on the daughter being blackmailed over the Kik app. Just a suggestion, but maybe you should change the title and article text to say it was a parents worst nightmare. Believe it or not, some fathers (such as myself) actually love our kids and would do anything for them as well, including keeping them safe. The idea that this is only a “mother’s domain” is archaic thinking. Just thought you would want to know.

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