Alex McCord

Alex talks parenting, redecorating, and relationships!

on Mar 17, 2009

Ooh, I’m on my fourth latte and hoping that it will make me write faster. Either that or I will shortly start spinning in circles and maybe turn into Martin Scorsese. That should be interesting.

So, the parenting book. First of all let’s clear one thing up. LuAnn seemed to think it is about child behavior by us as experts, which it is not. It’s a collection of stories about things we’ve experienced as parents -- the good, the bad and the downright ugly, and what we learned from them. For example, when someone insists you bring your children out somewhere you wouldn’t normally take them and there is the possibility that the evening might run overtime, you might be distracted and asked repeatedly to stay “just a little longer” when it’s clear they’ve had enough, just say NO to bringing the kids. This is made much worse when it’s being televised.

When your four year old writes and performs a song called “Putting to Death is Not Nice,” one parent might be horrified while the other thinks it’s hilarious, and agrees that indeed, putting anyone/thing to death is in fact not nice and happy to know the kid thinks so too.

Our book is lighthearted, fun and in places poignant. I was particularly inspired when pregnant by anecdotal stories from the trenches of parenting. In 2004 I began writing my own from an urban perspective, with both parents’ take, as we all know that moms and dads often have different views of an incident much like viewers have different opinions of our show. When your four year old writes and performs a song called “Putting to Death is Not Nice,” one parent might be horrified while the other thinks it’s hilarious, and agrees that indeed, putting anyone/thing to death is in fact not nice and happy to know the kid thinks so too.