Cast Spotlight: Producer Jennifer Hicks

by amandamushro on April 9, 2015

Jennifer Hicks is the writer behind Real Life Parenting. With sass, smarts, and a big mouth, she keeps it real writing what most people think but are afraid to say out loud. Tackling the good, the bad, the ugly, and sometimes the very funny in life and parenting, she’s often inspired by her Hubbinator and two teens: the Boy and Girl. She’s been featured on TODAY Parenting Team, Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, BonBon Break, Parents Space, Mamapedia, and went viral on The Huffington Post with her piece “Dear Mom on the iPhone: You’re Doing Fine” where she was named Best of Huffington Post Parents in 2014. Jennifer is the producer of Listen to Your Mother: Pittsburgh and is a contributing author in I STILL Just Want to Pee Alone and The HerStories Project. You can find her inspired hashtags and famous #SelfiesThatEmbarrassYourTeen on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google+.
Who IS Jennifer Hicks? I’m a fun and funny girl—I love to laugh and prefer light-hearted scenes to serious. Comedies are my favorites whether it’s movies or TV shows, and I’m the person in the theater with the big belly laugh (much to my kids’ chagrin). I’m smart and sassy, and maybe a little smart-assy. I’m all about Keeping It Real, so I don’t do drama or Fakey McFakersons.
What are some of your favorite things you’ve written?
What do you love most about Pittsburgh? Having lived in a bunch of different places, one of the things I’ve found in Pittsburgh that I absolutely love is the small feeling of the city—that it feels more like a big neighborhood than a metropolitan urban area. Everyone is friendly and LOVES this city. The pride that people feel for Pittsburgh makes me swell with pride to be a part of it.
What do you want most for your children? More than anything, I want them to become independent and not need me. I want them to be able to stand on their own two feet, feeling prepared, practiced, and capable to navigate the world on their own. If they’re able to spread their wings when they leave home, I’ll know I’ve served them well as their mom. But I’d like them to still WANT to spend time with me—calling, texting, visiting, making me dinner (for a nice change of pace), taking trips together, and just hanging out. I want them to be able to be on their own but still enjoy coming home.
Our fabulous producer Jennifer is not only a fantastic writer, but the woman responsible for bringing Listen To Your Mother to Pittsburgh! We can’t wait to see you on May 8

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