We just got back from running a bunch of focus groups in Northern California. Boy, that was fun! It always gives us a kick when we talk to mothers far and wide and hear the same concerns, hopes and dreams reflected in their stories. One major difference: NO ONE OUT THERE HAS TO DEAL WITH CABIN FEVER AND ICY DRIVEWAYS! If anything, they have the opposite problem: so much great weather, there’s never an excuse to hunker down under a blanket in front of the TV and let your brain (and that of your children) go to mush.
Hmm, difficult trade-off? Not.
We came back full of beans. Like when we heard from the frazzled mom in Australia — when we were just starting to write the book — and thought yeah! we’re on to something! Or when the mom from Germany complained about feeling guilty that her son played too much X-Box! Yeah! We all let down our guard sometimes — even those super, self-controlled Germans (I can say that: I am one!).
So here’s the thought-of-the-day: We’re all trying as hard as we can.