Sunday, June 24, 2007
OK. So, one of my editors calls me this week and asks me if I would be interested in writing my own column. He actually said I could name it whatever I wanted and I could write on any subject I wanted. My subject could stay the same or vary from week to week. I freeze, I can't nail down a column title which, in turn, doesn't help me come up with a theme... Because I am so very much in love with my first job as "Mom," I am thinking I might call it something that a mom says often.... "BECAUSE I SAID SO!" or something similar.... I have always dreamed of being a syndicated journalist with my own column, what a great way to influence lives with humor and anecdotes to get another mom through her day. Not a bad gig for becoming a published children's writer either! So, the saga continues.....
Sunday, June 3, 2007
I am working on a children's book and playing around with character development. This is Emma. She is nervous and shy and afraid of almost everything especially school. As I was deciding what her facial expression would be and how she would be dressed and what her body language would show I was thinking about how cool it is that we basically shape our children's character in the same way. We build them up by celebrating their triumphs and strengths and we support them when they struggle. As an artist puts her pencil to paper and begins a masterpiece she must know the exact pressure to apply to achieve a bold line. She must also know when to stop and let the artwork speak for itself. If we look at child rearing in this manner, we may be able to take on this Mt. Everest one step (stroke) at a time. Gently, patiently and without a doubt by relying on Jesus to work through us in shaping the most important masterpiece we will EVER create. God Bless Our Children!