The Eight-Year-Old’s room spins out of control

The Eight-Year-Old’s room typically looks like this:

The Eight-Year-Old's room in its native state. (Photo: Shala Howell)

The Eight-Year-Old’s room in its native state. (Photo: Shala Howell)

Last week, the maids came and transformed it into this:

(Photo: Shala Howell)

(Photo: Shala Howell)

The Eight-Year-Old’s reaction on coming home from school and finding her room all picked up: “It’s like a tornado went off in here! I can’t find anything!”

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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, 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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