I’m back again, asking for your input for my upcoming Boy Mom book.
As I am working on the book, I thought I would also share a bit of the writing/publishing process here. I never want to bore anyone with nerdy writer stuff, but some of you have asked me about the process, and I think it would be fun to share. Last week I did a few Instagram stories talking about what I was working on, and the responses were so encouraging. (Feel free to ask specific questions if you’re interested.)
One question I’ve received a lot is about when I find the time to write a book. This always makes me laugh a little (and then cry a little) because it is so true; time rarely opens up naturally! Between homeschooling and all the other family responsibilities, it’s hard enough to write a blog post, let alone a book chapter! I really have to be intentionally about pulling away to get any serious writing done. I’m not great at working on book writing for a short window like I can a blog post, so I need to create chunks of time. (I may be the only person you know who gets excited when we need to get a car serviced. A few hours in the car dealership waiting lounge with bad coffee and daytime television in the background is sometimes my best office. Glamorous, right!?)
Last week, however, while my husband had a few days off work, I got away for a little writing retreat. I stayed at my good friend’s house just across the island while some of her family was out of town. It was seriously magical.
^^ that’s Hawaii Kai, not a bad office view, right?
Before I went away, I had printed off every chapter I have written (in part or full) and I spent the first full day literally reading my own book cover to cover. Since I started writing some of the chapters last June, I was nervous to do this, but I was relieved to find that I seriously love how it’s all coming together! (There will be plenty of editing ahead, but overall…) I just can’t wait to finish this and share it with you guys!
I also can’t wait for you to get to know each of my boys better through the book, and maybe hear some stories that I have saved for all of these years. hehe. (Raising boys is so much fun!)
But the real secret sauce to the book is the feedback I’ve received from YOU…Moms all over the world for the past 7 years. And also why I’m coming to you with some of the topics which will be covered in my book.
Your feedback about boys and a healthy lifestyle was awesome. You guys shared some challenging topics, helpful tips, and hilarious stories. Thank you!
Now! Today...today I come to you with a very hot topic…one that we cannot avoid, (even if we wish we could).
BOYS and TECHNOLOGY.
There’s a whole lot to cover on this topic, but I would truly appreciate it if you would share your experiences, challenges and concerns related to your kids and technology. Perhaps you’re trying to figure the right age give your young child screen time? (And then, how much time to give.) Or maybe you’re concerned about internet safety…and pornography? You might be helping your son navigate social media, or gaming, or apps. or….Yes, the list goes on and on! It’s a HUGE TOPIC! So please let me know the things that affect and concern you and your family the most!
Click on the comment tab below and share your heart on this topic! I truly look forward to reading what you share!
Also, I would really appreciate it if you shared any of these posts using social media buttons below. That way I might hear from an even broader community of parents! (thank you!)
With blessings, and Aloha,
PS If you want to check out a few things I have written related to kids and technology here are 2 posts I have previously shared on related topics:
Teens, the Internet, and Social Media: 7 Steps that might save your kid.
Teens and Instagram (and Youtube) tips for navigating wisely.
What to do when your child sees something they shouldn’t on the internet.