Motherese is a nod to the high-pitched, sing-song speech adults use to talk to children.But here Motherese is also short-hand for talk about parents and talk by parents – about kids, sure, but also about each other and about the wider world outside the crib.
Hello, I’m Kristen and yes, I am a mommy blogger. That is, I am a mom and I am a blogger. But this blog won’t be a litany of anecdotes about my sons, as cute as they are. Instead, I am interested in creating an online community to explore issues relevant to the experience of parents in the 21st century.
In my former life, I lived in New England and taught history at a prep school. Then I got pregnant, my husband finished his Ph.D. and got a college teaching job, and we relocated to a small Midwestern town. In the past three years, I’ve had two children and my life has suddenly become full of spit-up, pureed vegetables, and play groups. The times – and the diapers – they are a changing.
As much as I appreciate the chance to be at home with my sons, I miss the camaraderie of my career days and find myself searching for others who speak my dialect. That search has brought me online, to a world of writing by and about parents. I’m interested here in responding to that world and creating a dialogue both with it and with other people interested in the problems and promise of being a parent.