I’ve written for a range of venues, academic journals, online, magazines, newspapers and an entire book. I write about toddlers, children, working mothers and parenting but never as a blog. On a daily basis, I observe or think about issues related to children or myself as a parent that I imagine would be interesting to a wider range of parents. Yet, I’ve never put the proverbial pen to paper until now.
I began writing How Toddlers Thrive on cross country airplane trips, to visit a cousin and her family. She was ill at the time (better now) and I wanted to help with their kids. The distance across country felt so far away, the only way to be a support was to be there in person. And anyhow, I had these ideas for a book. The plane rides became a bit of a haven for me. When you’re a parent, there is little alone time. Before children, I had time before work, after work and in between as un-devoted time I could grab for myself. Since becoming a mother over 17 years ago, the allotment of the hours in the day changed. Work time, family time. So the plane ride provided me that ‘other time’, a captivated space without responsibilities. No laundry, bills to pay, piles of last week’s mail or toys to put away. No distractions. Just stuck on an airplane. And I began to write a book. [Read more…]