I'm very excited to have Mark Koopmans
here for a guest post today. He's talking about something that's near and dear to my heart, how to write while also managing small kids. Take it away, Mark!
Thanks, Sara, for the invite! (The
tour is over, and oh joy, I can return to my regularly scheduled blogging:)
I’d like to share my experience to help
other parent-writers stay sane, have fun and still find the time to write with
young kids at home—and not suffer through my trials and tribulations
My first son was born in 2007, and at
the time I was working for a local newspaper. Over time, however, I cut back on
my hours and decided to become a stay-at-home dad (especially after a second
son was born in 2010.)
Other parents, who’ve walked the walk,
will not and laugh when I say this, but honestly,
I thought being a stay-at-home dad with one (and later) two infants/toddlers would
be so easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
mean come on, what do infants do all day? Eat,
poop, sleep and repeat. Ok, yes, frequently,
but still. Pffff, I got this, I said, slapping a hand against my manly chest.
Oh, how clueless and naive was I, the
now former McDaddy and font of all parenting knowledge.
(It’s also around this time that I
became hair-follicle-ly challenged…)
See, I tried writing when naptimes came
along, (and they were frequent, but shoot… I’d need the limited time to handle
normal things-around-the-house that needed to be done. Invariably, and nearly
without fail, I would finally sit in my little office chair, exhaling a huge
sigh of relief. Yes! Writing Zone time…
…And the baby would start to cry…
I could go on, but here’s the moral of the
I now write at night :)
Thanks Mark. For those of us that can't stay up past 8pm, it works just as well to write before they get up in the morning. :)
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