Saturday, December 18, 2010

It's Not You. It's Me.

I do some of my best thinking during the twilight moments, somewhere between lucid and dreaming. As my head his the pillow last night I realized I was working too hard at being something I'm not all that interested in being...well, at least as far as this blog goes. I adore all the crafty mom blogs out there. Each week I see moms posting tutorials and giveaways and recipes, and I have tried to imitate that approach with my Made By Me Monday tutorials and Tech Tuesdays and whatnot. But I didn't really start this blog with that in mind. Instead, this blog was borne out of my work with students and blogging about my adventures in teaching. Upon becoming a parent I realized that much of my reflection on teaching connected with what I was also learning as a new parent. I wanted a place to share those reflections, to connect with other parents struggling in similar ways, and start a conversation. Turns out, I didn't intend to start a tutorial blog. I was just easily sidetracked by all the great tutorial blogs out there.

So with the coming new year, I'm going to start again, returning to where this blog began. But I need your help. Last night I had an idea that I would blog each week in response to a question. So, I need 52 questions, one question for each week of 2011. I'm not talking "What color should I paint my kid's room?" kind of questions. I need 52 of the big parent questions to think about, reflect on, and respond to. I'm already thinking that I need to respond to a question on religion. What happens if you were raised a religion but haven't attended in years - should you return to services simply because you've had children? Or something to that effect. Maybe even some practical parenting questions - to cry it out or coddle? Or how about how do you handle gift overload during the holidays? Help me create my list of 52 questions to answer. Use the comment box below to post your ideas. I'll start to organize a list as the questions start rolling in.


  1. I'm so glad to hear this! I know I spend a lot of time thinking about how to resolve my mom self, my professional self, my sexual self, my creative self and all those selves out there running in cooperation. Can we be several selves at the same time? Take the best part of each self and use it to enhance the others -- and feel safe doing so in front of family, friends and colleagues? (Feel free to re-frame these questions as you see fit.) Again: awesome! Way to break out of the box and aspire to do something smart, different, potentially world-changing.

  2. Thanks Jill! Great question that I'm sure I can't answer but doesn't mean I won't give it a shot.

    I've created a separate page on this site just for the questions, so if you have other suggestions, I'd love to hear 'um.

    Check out the 52 Questions tab above.


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