ParentDish will be running approximately two "Cabin Fever" columns each week, plus an additional Q&A every other week with someone who is in some way creatively involved with children. My first three interviews have been with: Nicole Dueck, songwriter and musician and teacher, whose kids' CD is titled Lucky Dog
; Elisabeth de Mariaffi, children's cookbook author, who writes recipes for Owl and Chickadee, and whose brightly-illustrated and easy-to-use book is called Eat It Up!
; and Jirina Marton, who just won the Governor General's Award for illustration for the truly beautiful holiday book called Bella's Tree
I am loving my conversations with these creative and thoughtful people.
Anyone know of someone who should be sought out and questioned (in the most polite way possible) for their expertise? I'm thinking an interview with a children's yoga or dance teacher would be great. Who would you want to talk to? Whose brain would you want to pick?
I plan to use my column to celebrate, explore, and suggest creative, more-with-less family activities that don't involve screen time.
(Which is ironic, because Albus is beyond desperate to play on the computer, and in fact told me last night that it had been a "bad" day because I hadn't let him do so. This, after we'd rushed to eat supper by 5, so we could go to the school concert to watch him perform as an elf--AppleApple sang, too--after which we came home famished, ate a second meal, and discovered it was already quarter to bedtime. "Albus sad," he kept muttering, reverting to baby talk, as he crouched on his floor surrounded by his oceans of Lego. Though, come to think of it, as soon as I found a spare moment to give him a snuggle, and then we all read together on the couch before bed: "Albus happy." So there you go. I'll write it up as a column.)