Looking Back to the Little Years

October 9th, 2013

 Sponsored by The Mother Company.  
“Helping parents raise good people.”


I don’t wish myself back, but if I could send a message in a bottle through time, I would have a few things to say to the mom I was when I started out..

A Message from the Future to Moms of Littles

Our kids are relatively closely spaced. The oldest was five when the youngest was born, and it seemed like we were a family with little kids for a long time. Now I have a child in high school, one in middle school, and one in his second to last year of grade school. The little years are all but behind us.

I grew and learned so much in those years. I owe an awful lot to the been-there-done-that mothers who offered perspective and encouragement, and I’m always happy when I can pay that forward.

That’s exactly what I’ll be doing as a blog ambassador and contributor for The Mother Company, a online parenting community geared towards moms of younger kids. I’ll be guest posting over there once a month, and bringing news back here for my readers whose own kids (or grandkids) are still in the little years.

This is a paid gig (yay, gainful employment!), and another one I feel really good about. Unlike a lot of parenting sites, the Mother Company is all about lifting parents and kids up with positive messages and practical wisdom. No snarky celebrity gossip, no link-baiting mommy wars, no playing to insecurities. I’ve participated in two @theMotherCo twitter chats so far—one on mean behavior in kids, and one on bullying, both hot button parenting topics—and came away enlightened and impressed.

I hope you’ll check The Mother Company out for yourself, starting with my guest post, A Message from the Future, to Moms of Littles. Please share it with any moms of small kids you know. It’s hard to see the road ahead sometimes when you’re travelling through the little years. I’m glad to help The Mother Company create a good place to pull over.

P.S. The Mother Company also has videos and books for little kids and their parents on a variety of health, safety, and social topics. I’ll be letting you know about those from time to time, adding my been-there-done-that thoughts and experiences. 

P.P.S. For those keeping score at home, this is the second ongoing sponsorship I’ve introduced in as many months. I’ll write soon about why and how I’m selectively working with sponsors, and how it fits in with the overall content here (and book-writing over “there”). Thanks always for reading!



2 Responses to “Looking Back to the Little Years”

  1. I loved your essay there and I’m intrigued by the site. My 3 are about the ages your three are in that photo – 5.5, 3.5 and 9mo. And I’m always happy about writers making money, so hooray for sponsors you feel good about. That’s the best. 🙂 -Sarah

  2. Congratulations on this new opportunity. Paying gigs are great! As a grandmother, I’ve now been involved with two generations of little ones. It can be challenging at times, but every moment is precious!

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