Today our Balanced Challenge is:
“How can you get your kids involved in what you’re working on? How can they experience what your job is like and contribute to it?
This was a good question for me to think about. Often when I think about my writing, I don’t take the time to think about how it will affect my children and husband. This is a mistake, because my family will be affected. Sometimes they will be affected negatively, because I won’t be available when they want me, the house will be messy at times, and they may have to fend for themselves. However, I have the opportunity to affect them positively as well, if I am intentional about making them part of my writing process.
- I can share ideas and pictures with them so they have the opportunity to get excited about the project(s) I’m working on. Perhaps they will have an angle to share that I’d never think of on my own.
- I can ask them for feedback, especially if I’m using them as an illustration in my writing. So far, I’ve found this a very positive experience. I’m very careful about what I share, and my kids like that I love them enough to write about them 🙂
- I can take them with me when I have a book table set up somewhere. I’ll always remember the first time I did this. My oldest daughter was excited that I had pieces published and she wasn’t shy about stopping people and telling them to “Read my Mom’s story on page . . . “
- I can ask for their help with research, especially if I’m writing about something they are passionate about. Kids love to share their opinions and expertise.
I’m looking forward to hearing other advice you have to share 🙂