I’m Still Here.
Last week, I received a sweet email from a reader, saying that she was missing my posts and that she hoped everything was okay. And this morning, my Facebook inbox was graced with a photo of an adorable toddler, son to one of my most loyal readers.
I LOVE getting these little notes. I’m completely flattered and honored that there are parents around the world who have let me into their parenting lives and think of me even when my blog has grown quiet. But getting these notes also make me feel a tad bit guilty: “Crap! I should be blogging more! I need to be more of a resource! People are counting on me!”
At the moment, I have a few other projects that are taking precedence over blogging. I’m hard at work on my book, and that is pretty much consuming most of the energy I have for writing. It is harder work than I thought it would be. I’m falling deep into topics that I thought would be much simpler to sort through and translate into readable chapters. It’s really interesting and fun, and I can’t wait to share it with you. I had imagined that I would be able to whip off quick blog posts about my book research, but I haven’t been able to pull it off. But, I promise you, once I get this manuscript in (which admittedly, may be a while), I will get back to blogging regularly. I’m keeping a list of post ideas, which pop up a few times per day while I’m working on the book.
I’m also teaching a couple of nutrition classes at my local community college this summer, and we’re working on buying a house (and soon – moving!). And… it’s summer. The Oregon rain has nearly stopped. (Although, for some reason, we signed up for swim lessons starting last week, and we’ve been shivering at the outdoor pool in 60°F, drizzly weather these last few days.) We’re making time for camping, hiking, leisurely walks to the park, and picking strawberries.
As a side note, let me just tell you that I’m having lots of fun parenting right now. Cee is two-and-a-half. She’s stubborn and independent, and most of the time, I love it. And oh! She’s so creative, so quickly engrossed in her imaginary worlds. And so focused on building things, stacking things, reading books (some of which she’s learned to recite by heart). And she’s finding lots of joy in running, climbing, swimming, and enjoying the summer weather. Parenting is hard and never perfect, but it is seriously a joy right now. I hope that you’re finding some joy in your parenting this summer, too.
So, this is just a quick note to let you know that – if you haven’t noticed – the Science of Mom blog is experiencing a significant summer slow-down. Even though the blog is quiet, I’m thinking of you as I work on my book. Getting to know many of you through the blog is what inspired me to write this book. It is what convinced me that there is an audience out there for science-based parenting writing. So, as I study the papers and fret over sentences and chapter structure, I picture you reading the final product. All of this is to say that I value you, and I hope you stick around, because I’ll be back.
If you aren’t already following Science of Mom on Facebook, I encourage you to “like” my page and select that “show in newsfeed” button to ensure that you see my posts.
I log on to Facebook a couple of times per day, and I share interesting parenting science links that I think you’ll find useful. We have some good conversations there, so that’s a great way to stay connected to each other and me. I also post at Carnival of Evidence-Based Parenting occasionally, along with other great bloggers that you would love, so I encourage you to like that page as well.
Have a great summer, friends!