The Seven-Year-Old’s on to you, Santa

The then Four-Year-Old inspecting her work on Santa's landing pad last Christmas Eve. (Photo: Shala Howell)

The then Four-Year-Old inspecting her work on Santa’s landing pad on Christmas Eve. (Photo: Shala Howell)

The Seven-Year-Old, scrambling over a snow bank on a recent walk into school: “I think Santa puts some sort of trance on kids before he comes.”

Mommyo: “You think so?”

The Seven-Year-Old: “Yeah, so no one sees the flying reindeer and gets freaked out.”

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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, Did Dinosaurs Have Belly Buttons?, is currently planned for release in 2018. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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