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The Children’s Book My Children and This Working Mother Needed

Sometimes, I can be very deliberate and analytical about my choices in life.  I want X, so let me figure out the most optimized path to getting X in the most efficient manner possible. My brain often sounds and behaves as simple as that.  

At other times, something presents itself to me in my intuition so clearly and so strongly that I don’t think about it, I don’t judge it, and I just do it. (I’m pretty sure that’s years of being a professional improv comedian, folks - I highly recommend it).

When the idea to write a children’s book about the ever-so-talented Ashley Quinto Powell showed up in my brain one night, I almost knew immediately what it would look like, what the rhythm of the book would be, what the energy of the book feel like and where the laughs would come from. Once I felt the book, the easy part was doing the work to make it happen. Oooo fun project, I thought to myself when I started. I bet Ashley is going to get a kick out of this (she did!).

It’s only weeks and months after I started this kooky-one-off-side-hustle project that the reasons why I was so tickled by this project started revealing themselves to me. And one of the main reasons? This is the book I wish my children and I had when they were younger.  

For me, I needed a book to help me talk to my children about why I worked outside of the home and normalize the idea that many moms have big careers through which they make meaningful and valuable contributions to our world. I didn’t have the perspective when I was raising young children that I needed to change the conversation from I’m a mom who HAS to work (too bad!) to I’m a mom who values working, that my talents and skills are rare and sought after, and this is how I choose to contribute to the world so it’s a better place for all of us (so cool!).

For my children, I needed a book that introduced them to other children who were proud and inspired by their working moms and urged my children to be proud and inspired by their own working mom.  I needed a book that reframed their perception that moms that work leave their children to be miserable all day to moms that work go out and do big, amazing, and important things. And lastly, I needed a book (or more likely a whole bookshelf of books) that encouraged them to dream about what they might do when they grow up and why their talents and skills will be needed to make the world even better.

I hope you enjoy it!

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Jennifer Javornik