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Today is the first interview in a series examining the interrelated roles that writing and parenting have on our lives. I'm so lucky to have my friend Ami as my first guest! Unsurprisingly, her impressive background in self-examination produced some answers that will keep me thinking for a long time. First, a little about Ami, and then we'll get on to the questions! Ami Chen Mills-Naim is a global speaker, coach, trainer, editor and author of Sta [...]

"Let it go, let it go!" Ever since my daughters saw Disney's Frozen, hardly a day has gone by without the girls treating the household to Queen Elsa's anthem on infinite loop. With no escape from this song in the foreseeable future, I have taken an extreme measure to restore my sanity: "Let it go" has become my mantra. Maybe I've just been brainwashed by the cultic chant of my burgeoning songstress offspring, but I can't help but see a grain of [...]

My daughters would never know how much I like to build LEGOS with them if I never actually do it. I might have the internal experience of liking the idea, I might tell them that it sounds really fun but I have a million things to do right now. Or, I can decide to take 15 minutes and just do it. Note to self, it doesn't have to take all afternoon! The kindergartener actually said to me, "Everything's more fun when there's a grownup!" Write it [...]

It turns out I'm the kind of person who names their cars. Well, the cars I like, anyway. Three years into my minivan experience, and I can scarcely believe how much I resisted the idea. (First world problems, right?) My previous car was dubbed Polly Priuspants, an homage to Cartman's tea party companion. My Honda Odyssey, keeper of toddler souls, bearer of a fleet of five year olds, has earned the name Nausicaa. The reasons are threefold: Na [...]