Ultimate Blog Party

Naturally, within moments of declaring to the world my intention of taking a week mostly off from blogging, I received my invitation to the Ultimate Blog Party 2012, participation in which requires, you guessed it, me to write another blog post today.

That’s just how my life works.

Very briefly, for my regular readers–The Ultimate Blog Party is a virtual blog festival hosted by 5minutesforMom.com, designed to give Mommy and Daddy bloggers worldwide an excuse to pop in and out of each others’ blogs, scattering bits of wisdom, making new friends, and sharing laughs with old ones carnival style. The best bit: No babysitters required.

For those of you who are just joining me from the festival, welcome to Caterpickles! The Five-Year-Old and I are thrilled you stopped by.

This is me.

I started this blog back in 2011 when my daughter’s question-to-thought ratio started clocking in at 5 questions for every one of my thoughts. I very quickly realized I needed to channel all those questions somewhere else if I wanted to nurture The Five-Year-Old’s wonderful curiosity without going completely insane.

Lucky for me, The Five-Year-Old asks really interesting questions, like:

And this is about as much as you'll ever see of The Five-Year-Old.

When I’m not scrambling to find the answers to The Five-Year-Old’s questions, I’m madly documenting the funny stuff my daughter says and the moments in which my parenting style totally breaks down.

Inevitably lots of books get read and talked about here too. Mostly on Thursdays.

Stick around for a while, introduce yourself. Most importantly, put a link to your blog in your comment, so that I can repay the visit. I’m looking forward to getting to know you.

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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31 Responses to Ultimate Blog Party

  1. sallieskitchen says:

    Hello i@ve just found you, it all looks interesting, I’m sure I’m gonna have fun here.


  2. sallieskitchen says:

    Hello, I’ve just found you and it looks like I’m gonna have fun here. http://sallieskitchen.blogspot.co.uk/


  3. Felicia says:

    Your blog sounds like so much fun and your daughter sounds like a hoot! Have fun with your week off.


  4. Your parenting style breaks down?? Hey… so does mine! ;-D

    i’ve taken to writing down (and occasionally blogging) the wonderful things my daughter says too – aren’t they wonderful? Cute blog – new follower from UBP12!


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  6. lilrongal says:

    Oh dear. You have a five year old? Yes, questions questions questions. 😀 I don’t even know how they come up with half the stuff they ask.

    Mine is 9 and he still asks questions, but now he’s old enough to go online and find the answers himself! 🙂


    • Shala Howell says:

      Ack! How will I figure out what to learn next if The Five-Year-Old discovers the route to Wikipedia for herself? Although four years of this may be enough for anyone. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!


  7. didoodlings says:

    Very cute blog! Love the questions he asks–a perfect way to record all the memories!
    Thanks for following me


  8. English says:

    Oh my. I don’t have children, but if I did, I would document as much as I could as well. Those questions are priceless, and somewhat daunting. You’re a pretty stellar mom for being willing to actually give her answers! A new follower courtesy of UBP12 🙂


  9. glendachilders says:

    I am popping over from UBP to say hi. Hope your enjoying party week.



  10. Love the blog name! Stopping by from UBP12! Those are seriously awesome questions your daughter asked. Where do kids come up with these things…but I also want answers. Are caterpillars ticklish? I must know! I’ll have to read on to find out.


  11. angelamking says:

    thanks for stopping by my blog! i have four kids so i totally get the too many questions to survive period. it’s awesome to hear that you are near my neck of the woods. so often all of my bloggy friends live a lifetime away. 🙂


  12. Lara Jo says:

    Okay, this is a super clever concept for a blog and I know you will be so happy years from now that you wrote down all of these questions. This is definitely inspiration for me, should mine ever start talking, which, I confess, I’m beginning to doubt. You’re an excellent writer and I’m bookmarking you for future visits. So glad to make your acquaintance through UBP! Thanks for stopping by my blog — I really appreciate it.


    • Shala Howell says:

      My husband gets credit for the concept. It occurred to him while we were on vacation at the Cape when The Five-Year-Old was three, and in the middle of protesting her bath asked “do ants take baths?” Admittedly, it took him a year to convince me that even if I could find time to write it anyone would want to come read it. I’m still not entirely sold on that last point, but writing it is a lot of fun, and having a blog that needs a daily diet of questions makes me much happier to hear those questions when they come.


  13. I’ve written down some of the funny things my boys have said over the years. It’s so fun to go back and read them! Anyway, hope you’re enjoying the UBP festivities!!!


  14. Stopping by from UBP. Saw you in the party last night. Very cute blog! Your daughter sounds adorable! Come over and see me sometime at http://www.MamaMakingChanges.com


  15. Your kid is so smart! Love the crazy questions… I wish all kids stay inquisitive even when they become grown-ups…
    Greetings of peace from #UBP12… ☺


  16. YoliDreams says:

    What a great idea for a blog! This is my first time to the party, so nice to met ya! – Yoli


  17. jkstamy08 says:

    I work at a preshool/childcare center and you are indeed brave to attempt to answer all those questions! I love it that you document the funny things she says. I know if I wrote down all the funny things the kids at daycare say/do I would fill more than one note book 🙂
    I’m your newest follower from UBP12!


  18. Jester Queen says:

    I love your blog name! What was the verdict? Oh – wait — there’s a link. I’ll go find out if they are or are not ticklish or even a little bit brined, as would be appropriate with a blog called caterpickles.


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