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When I started this blog, I was finishing up my second decade 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. And I was about four years into my new career parenting a child whose question-to-declarative-sentence ratio clocked in at a healthy 5:1.
I began writing this blog as a way to chronicle the wildly imaginative questions of my very curious child (and the experiments that naturally followed from them).
As a result of writing Caterpickles, I’ve become very interested in the question that lies beneath all that googling, story-telling, explaining, and light-hearted experimentation: how parents can foster their child’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them without sacrificing their own sanity.
My first book, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how parents can use public art to strike up conversations with their child about the world around them–without being an artist themselves. I’ve also released a companion journal for parents who would like a place to capture their interactions with their children around public art.
My next book will focus on the larger question of critical thinking, and how parents without a science degree can use their child’s curious questions to teach them the vital critical thinking skills so essential to life after childhood.
In the meantime, you can find me: