Episode 1: the Mom Guilt Episode

guilt is the dirtiest of laundry...

Here at Mom Writes, we promise to deliver our tag line: the dirty laundry behind writing with kids. And the dirtiest laundry award has to go to our dear friend, Mom Guilt. It's dirtier than a diaper, and way harder to get rid of. But luckily we have a secret weapon, Jennie Nash! Through the course of this episode Jennie completely changes the way I look at how my writing life and my family life fit together. 

Today Jennie, Mel and I talk about the issues we face as creative people and parents, how to fit writing into your busy life, and the value of doing “intangible” work.  

“The best way to guide children without coercion is to be ourselves.”
— Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet


Some things we cover in this episode:

  • Mom guilt -- how to lean in and accept that your creative endeavors matter to you.

  • How do you balance motherhood/parenthood and maintain a productive writing habit?

  • Sharing with your kids and your family what you’re doing -- tell them you’re writing and what you’re writing about.  

  • Modeling hard work and creativity for your kids.

  • Your kids DO come first, but there is value in doing what matters to you.

  • The importance of making an active decision to give something else up in order to make time for your writing (laundry, dishes, etc).  

“At the end of the day, there is nothing more important for your kids than doing what you’re called to do.”
— Jennie Nash

Jennie's Recommended Reading:

A Circle of Quiet
By Madeleine L'Engle