A while back, I had my new friend, Julia Sherwin, come over and made her hang out with me. This wouldn’t be so weird, except that I shoved a camera in front of her face and made her vlog with me. The thing that killed me, and know that I was sold on Julia for good is that she took it all in stride without blinking. And get this–we’re still friends!
As our friendship has grown over the past year, Julia’s fame has skyrocketed. This gal now maintains an active forum on her Facebook page, does a weekly radio show, and was just interviewed as a parental consultant on the news this week! She does all this while continuing her newspaper column and maintaining all of her responsibilities as a very cool, involved mom to her three kiddos.
I’m so proud of all that she has accomplished, so I asked her to come back and visit with all of you again. Please say hello to Julia, check out her work, and make sure to follow along with her Facebook community.
Welcome back, Perspective on Parenting!
Mom of the Year readers, please let me introduce myself! I’m Julia Sherwin, creator of Perspective on Parenting. I met the brilliant, sweet and quick-witted woman behind Mom of the Year last fall. In this short time, we’ve formed what I know will be a lasting friendship. I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for Meredith, and I really don’t quite know how she does all that she does with a 2- and 5-year-old underfoot.
Like Meredith, I’m also a writer, but I don’t have the gift of being as clever or as funny as she. I have a background as a newspaper journalist, and I’m currently a parenting columnist for Chester County’s largest daily newspaper, The Daily Local News. I write a bi-weekly Perspective on Parenting, which is published in the Sunday Living section. As a mom of three with a passion for writing, this was the gig for me.
In April, I also started co-hosting a morning radio talk show at WCHE 1520 a.m. each Friday. So now, no matter what, I know I’ll be able to engage in adult conversation outside the home at least once a week!
I do write all my columns from home, often locked behind my office door while my 4- and 6-year-olds swap super hero costumes and my 9-year-old tries desperately to get me interested in the latest episode of “Jessie.” Most days are pretty crazy, which is one of the reasons I decided to write about my parenting shortcomings and successes on a regular basis.
To keep the parenting conversations going on a variety of topics that I find interesting and relevant, I regularly pose questions to my Facebook page fans. This sometimes stirs up some controversy, especially concerning the issues that parents differ on—which can boil down to almost everything. In fact, that’s just another reason I chose to begin documenting the many challenges of parenting that I’ve experienced. The thing is, I’m totally comfortable telling others that I don’t have all the answers, but you can bet I’ve read or written about a lot of the questions. What I do know is that I love connecting people, talking about almost anything and raising my children!
Thanks for reading and following along!
Watch Julia’s news interview about finding reliable summer sitters below and check out how savvy she is: