Professor Mom

Chronicles the life of a mom, teacher, and writer trying to stay sane amid the chaos of daily life.



JohnROSS's picture JohnROSS

It's been a great benefit to me to read about L., his issues, and his triumphs and how you deal with those. You know from our correspondences of My own son A.'s similar but different situations. It's good to know that we're not alone out here.

Also, your writing has served as both an inspiration and a guide to help me open up in my own writing, which I think needs all the practice and guidance it can get-though it has been sparse of late.(perhaps you can't help but teach, even if you don't mean to;-)

As to my own rules or guidelines: 1.Be honest. 2. Try not to be an ass. 3. Remember-"I'm a man, but I can change, if I have to, I guess" - Red Green


Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

Thanks so much, John--your words mean a lot to me...what I find so valuable about the blogging world is how it becomes a community of writers, who pull inspiration from each other.

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

You've pretty much summed up my rules also. Sometimes I get halfway through a post and just leave it as a draft, forever, because it's really negative or sounds like one big complaint. It's fun to look back at my list of posts and remember the drafts too! :-)

I like having this record of our life. It's such a fun way to remember the things we've done, the lessons I've learned. I go back a few times a year and enjoy the record our our past three years. It's great.

I also enjoy the people I've connected with that I never would've known had I not started blogging. It's been a fun hobby...even if I choose to stay in the novice range of the field!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I can't tell you how many posts I've written--in completion--and then deleted for the same reasons you site yourself, Omaha!

I agree--I love to think of all the words/memories/moments I've been capturing through blogging...

mouse's picture mouse

I haven't been writing much in a public way lately, but I've been thinking a lot about reworking my site to switch my focus to AS. I'm particularly thinking about what rules I would follow, and this gives me a good starting point.

the_tars's picture the_tars

I think I mostly follow the same rules that you do. I've written about BubTar less as he has grown up, just because I think he needs more privacy than he once did and I know many of the entertaining stories would be embarrassing for him in a public area. The kid is SO shy.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think it's definitely helpful to think about the rules beforehand, although sometimes it works better to tweak them as you go!

I know what you mean--sometimes it seems easier to write about your kids when they are younger. L. is definitely private about a lot of stuff, but I feel I know what he wouldn't like me to write, and I try and be very protective of this.