Hillary Wolf was a child actress from ages 6-14 years old doing an array of print, voice-over, commercial, television and film work. Some of her major roles included playing Macaulay Culkin’s sister in both Home Alone and Home Alone 2, co-starring with Shirley Maclaine and Teri Garr in Waiting for the Light and the lead role in the film Big Girls Don’t Cry. At the age of fifteen, she decided to give up her acting career in order pursue her dream of making the US Olympic Team in the sport of Judo. Her efforts culminated in becoming the first American Junior World Champion and making two Olympic Teams in 1996 and 2000. After retiring from her athletic career, she married her longtime boyfriend (a 2x Olympic Alternate & National Champion Greco-Roman Wrestler) and later started her third career as a mom. She now spends much of her time keeping up with her two young sons, documenting the highs and lows of being a Not So Zen Mom.
When Hillary became a mother in 2007, she threw herself into this new role with the same gusto as every other endeavor she had tackled in her life. Unfortunately, after her first baby arrived she soon discovered that little humans have their own agenda and opinions and they aren’t afraid to share them loudly and with gusto. She learned that any form of control that a person once had in their life is swiftly thrown out the window when you put a baby into the equation. Thankfully, after searching high and low, Hillary found a group of like-minded, Not So Zen Moms in her community whose transition into parenthood had been equally as jarring as her own. One of the other women from that original playgroup went on to become a very close friend. The women shared daily war stories, celebrated small victories and took turns pulling each other out from under rock bottom. Several years down the line, when everyone was getting a bit more sleep and life was slightly more sane, they wrote a book about their journey into parenthood and the years beyond. “The Not So Zen Mom’s Guide to Parenting” (not yet published) is at the heart of this website and prompted the blog in the first place.
The book and the website are a compilation of these two Not So Zen Mom’s experiences, coupled with the comic twist that helped them muddle through some of the dark days of parenting. This site offers a brutally honest view of the underbelly of motherhood, meant to provide a breath of fresh air for other NSZM’s out there, so you know you’re not alone. If you have a hard time making it through the day without raising your voice, cursing under your breath or freaking out over your messy house, you’ve come to the right place!
Living the Dream…
Hillary played Macauley Culkins’s sister in both “Home Alone 1 & 2”
Hillary did some print work early in her acting career. In the photo above in the back row on the left is Fred Savage. He starred in the TV series, “The Wonder Years” and more recently played “Number 3 – The Mole” in “Austin Powers Goldmember.” Both growing up in Chicago, Hillary and Fred worked together periodically. Hillary went on to star in the movie, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” with Fred’s little brother, Ben Savage who later did the TV series, “Boy Meets World.”
This is one of Hillary’s earliest head shots from her acting career. Clearly six years old was the height of her cuteness.
Seconds before Hillary competed in the semifinals of the 1995 World Championships in Japan.
Walking into the Opening Ceremonies at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.