Springtime at Caterpickles

(Photo: Michael Howell)

(Photo: Michael Howell)

The Eight-Year-Old
, desperately, after piling into the car for yet another trip out into the world: “Mommyo, I forgot to bring a book! We have to go back home!”

Mommyo, cheerfully: “Just look out the window. Spring’s here so you’ll see lots of flowers.”

The Eight-Year-Old, plaintively: “But I’d rather read a book. Looking out the window is so boring.”

Mommyo, determinedly: “A little enforced boredom will be good for you.”

The Eight-Year-Old, suspiciously: “Why?” [pause] “Is that character building?”

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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 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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