When I first started writing for the Times, I was a mom of two. My oldest was in kindergarten and my youngest was just learning to walk and talk. My entire existence was wrapped up in diaper changing and sippy cups and reading bedtime stories. I had just been freelance writing for a few months and had lots to share. At first I was writing a column that alternated between local happenings and my life as a mom of two boys. Eight years ago, I added a second column, Mom Moments that focused entirely on parenting. I published a book in 2010 that was a collection of some of the parenting columns I’d written.
That kindergarten student I was writing about when I began has now graduated from high school. That younger boy will be entering high school this year. And three more boys followed. My youngest will turn 8 this spring. That’s a lot of parenting that has been done since I first started as a columnist and a lot of occurrences that gave me something to write about. I’m not an expert on this mothering thing, I just have a lot of opportunities to say “Been there, done that.” And sometimes those stories make their way into a column. I continue to learn each day from them and about them. Mothering is a never-ending thing.
Although mothering is never ending thing, most things do come to an end and with the printing of this column, it will be the end of my print version of the Mom Moments column as some changes are made in the Features section. However, I’ll still be writing about the rollercoaster of raising a family, only it will now be on a website rather than between these paper pages. I’ll be moving to an online spot as a blogger at NWITIMES.COM/NICHE/YOURFAMILY. Scroll down a little and watch the column on the right. I hope those of you that have read the column over the years will continue to follow me there. You can also find my Mom Moments page on Facebook with links to my posts and little tidbits of random thoughts that occur between the posts. And my book, Mom Moments: a Compilation of Columns from the Northwest Indiana Times is available at AMAZON.COM
I’m really grateful to have had this opportunity to share my parenting moments over the years. I mention in the forward to my book that my writing has kept me so busy that I really slacked off when it came to updating the baby books and keeping journals for the kids. My column took the place of that and hopefully one day my boys will be able to look at the columns to learn a little more about their mother and their upbringing. Thanks for joining me for the ride and I hope we’ll meet again on the web!