Saturday mornings at Caterpickles

Mommyo, gazing at the piles of toys, laundry, paper, and other debris generated by another week of living at Caterpickles Central: “Before we do anything else today, we need to spend some time thoroughly cleaning up.”

Daddyo, warily: “What does that mean?”

Mommyo: “Let’s identify the major jobs and split them up.” 

The Nine-Year-Old, enthusiastically: “I’ll be the product manager!” 

Daddyo, not to be outdone: “I’ll be the HR guy.” 

Mommyo: “Does cleaning the toilets fall under product management or HR?”

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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