This week’s Meet a Mom interview is with Tara Clark, creator of the wildly popular and relatable Instagram account “Modern Mom Probs,” author of Modern Mom Probs: A Survival Guide for 21st Century Mothers, and founder of Modern Mom Style Box. Tara shares with us her favorite things to do with her son, her best piece of advice (hint: there’s a Disney reference!) and her solution for a modern mom problem we’ve all been facing.
Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in town?
I’m originally from Morris County. Then we lived in NYC for 10 years. For the past 5 years, we’ve been residing in Closter, and we love it! Closter is a very special town with wonderful families.
Do you have kids, if so what age?
One son Jack, 9
What is your favorite thing to do with your son?
We love to go to North Wildwood, explore the beach and the boardwalk, of course!
Are you involved in a business venture? Please share!
Yes, this past fall, I launched Modern Mom Style Box, a clothing rental subscription service that allows members to create a virtual wardrobe of versatile outfits the busy modern mom needs, providing options that allow moms to elevate their wardrobe, increase confidence and save time doing it.
Why is this so important?
Modern Mom Style Box is important on a few fronts.
1.) It’s a solution for a modern mom problem- what to wear. Moms have enough stuff on their plate to have to worry about what to wear to work, running errands or anything their busy schedule throws their way. Modern Mom Style Box aims to eliminate the days of grabbing the same shirt at the top of the laundry pile on the way out the door. Pairing fashion with function, Modern Mom Style Box offers everyday staples and today’s trends, giving busy moms a chance to try new styles in an easy and affordable way.
Members have access to a virtually bottomless closet that makes it easy to wear new clothes all month long without any stress or commitment. From seasonal staples to statement pieces, they can rent unlimited looks for just one flat fee of $60/month.
2.) Rental clothing services help the environment. Fast fashion is a real issue when it comes to waste, as the fast fashion garments are designed to fall apart. Where do these garments go? Landfills. Employing the practices of “slow fashion,” which includes renting our clothes,
buying secondhand and fixing damaged clothes rather than throwing them away alleviates some of this waste.
What sets you apart?
Modern Mom Style Box is the only rental service directed towards mothers.
If you could give one tip to fellow moms, what would it be?
On my Instagram account @modernmomprobs, I provide a lot of advice. My favorite piece of advice would have to be “Listen to Elsa and let it go.” Let go of the pressure of eating this way or that, or sleep training or how you are going to parent. Embrace your own parenting style, which will develop and grow over time. As a veteran parent, I often look back at my “early parent self” and want to shake myself for all of the worrying I did. There was no reason to put myself through all of that stress!
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
In addition to running Modern Mom Probs and the Style Box, I am also my son’s school’s Parent Teacher Organization Co-President and a Cub Scout leader. I must admit I’m really looking forward to the summer to have a bit of a break.
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
Community is at the heart of everything I do. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for an amazing community of amazing, modern moms.