Interview with Christina Brockett

What are the most common needs of any parent?
I think all parents need to realize that they are not alone in their imperfection. No matter how prepared you think you are, parenting has a way of throwing you curve balls. One of the best ways to deal with these is to learn from others who have been in similar situations and who can offer their wisdom and insight.
When you interviewed other parents, were there any surprises about what was "missing" from their parental “playbook” or surprises in general?
Parenting is a nonstop activity. And sometimes it takes all you have to get through a minute, an hour or a day. When you are dealing with an issue, especially when it relates to your child, you may know that something isn't right or that there is a bigger issue to analyze, but you just don't have the time because you are so busy keeping up with all the tasks of living. As parents spoke with me during the interviews, there were several occasions where they started to work through an issue on a much deeper level than they had previously and hadn’t even realized it until we sat down to talk.
How did you decide on which stories would appear in the book?
After interviewing moms and dads from across the country, certain common themes emerged as well as some more unique stories. The stories selected vary from humorous to serious and this mix is balanced throughout the collection. Because most parents are short on time, the book is comprised of short vignettes so that the reader can easily pick it up, read a story and come back at a later time for another. Although the book can be read from front to back, it doesn’t have to be.
What story moved you the most -- or were there several stories?
Several stories moved me because they were driven by the parents' love for their children. The one, however, that stuck with me the most was And This Too Shall Pass, because the advice in it is not only relevant to parenting, but to life in general: “Clinging to memories can block the ability to create new ones—whether they be bad or good. Live life in the present and enjoy and value the people still in it.”
What was the funniest story...?
I would have to say that the funniest story to me was, That's not a Toilet! Ironically during that round of interviews, I found that several of the mothers had had similar experiences. The image of a child trying to control a major potty accident by placing his hands over the insistent areas made me giggle, and his solution to his problem made me outright laugh. I'd share the story, but then I would spoil it.
What were some of the wisest pieces of advice you picked up?
Parenting cannot be approached with a one-size-fits-all mentality. Our children were born with their own soul imprints and we are each different parents, shaped by our upbringings and experiences. While it is important to learn from others, it is equally important to customize your parenting approach to determine what works best for you and your family.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Being a child of two former hippies, my early upbringing was a bit unconventional. I always knew that my parents loved me, but sometimes when I look back at my younger life I have to wonder, honestly, what my parents were thinking. Let's just say that they gave me a lot of material to write from. Given the instability that I experienced as a child, I often escaped into books and writing--even at a young age. This has then stuck with me as I have aged.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Truthfully? Well, I'll be honest. I am a bit of a control freak and as I spoke to people in the business and when they made suggestions on how I should change the essence of the book, I decided to take the control back. I didn't want to minimize the wisdom that the parents had shared and so I decided to go the indie route. I worked hand in hand with several professionals for all elements of my book. I wanted to produce a product consistent with my vision and the vision that I had committed to parents who had contributed to the book.
Published 2013-11-07.
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Books by This Author

The Missing Pages of the Parent Handbook
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 65,360. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Parenting » Reference
Parenting leaves most feeling overwhelmed, unless they can find comfort from the shared experience of others. Gathered from a cross-section of American moms and dads, this book shares the stories, wisdom and extraordinary insight from ordinary parents. Through each experience, these parents come out wiser – offering us all lessons on this difficult, funny, and taxing enterprise of child rearing.