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For writers, it’s the oldest advice in the book: write about what you know. It’s something I’ve always done, writing books about relationships, the joy of cocktails, and even Canada (with my Canadian husband, Rob Sorensen). But now it’s evolved even further. One could say our work and home life have truly morphed into one: Rob and I both work at home, and we are co-parents of young children and co-authors of a new parenting book, How to Have Your Second Child First: 100 Things That Would Be Good to Know—the First Time Around.

With two daughters age four and two, our upcoming book, and the idea behind it, is very close to home. It evolved because how we parent our second child versus our first is something we seem to talk about endlessly with our friends who are in the same boat, and with each other after the kids are in bed. We are continually fascinated in the differences between our two girls, and the different ways we approach what comes our way each day. We laugh at how we used to run all the way upstairs to change a diaper because that’s where the changing table was (needless to say, our second child is used to being changed on whatever surface is handy) or how we worried about every snuffling sound that came from the crib. With experience, of course, comes some level of calm—and greater efficiency quickly becomes necessary with two or more children. But what if we could help advise first-time parents about tips and tricks that we learned the hard way? And what if we could start a dialogue where novice and seasoned parents could share information, advice, and support?

In this blog we’d like to act as moderators, helping both seasoned and novice parents share their thoughts, fears, successes, and disasters. Experienced moms and dads, we invite you to share your lessons learned, shortcuts devised, products you came to love (or hate), and parenting or relationship challenges that continue to plague you—as well as ones you no longer lose sleep over, and why. New or expecting parents, use this blog as a way to eavesdrop on, and ask frank questions of, parents who have been around the block. You know how parents with two or three kids always seem so together, when you are first feeling your way in the world with a baby? How do they do it, when just one child seems so overwhelming? Here’s a place to benefit from all their advice, and pose specific queries and comments, too…with none of the repercussions that might filter into the same conversations had with family members.

Directly or indirectly, every day we learn something new as parents, even if it’s just about ourselves. We encourage you to please share your thoughts, opinions, advice, and questions…and please pass this on to all your friends so they can join the conversation too.

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