A few weeks ago I attended a big blogging conference in New York and was excited to meet the ladies behind Grown and Flown face to face. Their site focuses on parenting issues for those of us with kiddos in the 15 to 25 age range. In other words, parents who thought — all those years ago when we had babies and toddlers and didn’t know any better — that our parenting responsibilities would be lightening up by this point. Things would start to be slowing down as the kids got older, we thought.
Ha. Ha. Ha.
But I think the Grown and Flown tagline really nails it: Parenting never ends. I didn’t understand that all those years ago.
As we walked around checking out the goodies at the Blogher expo (I did fondle and whisper sweet nothings to a Wolf oven that would be perfect on my countertop), I mentioned to Mary Dell and Lisa it was the first time I’d ever left my kids home alone for the weekend.
“You should write about that for us!” said Lisa, snapping me out of my Wolf reverie. “You could call it ‘Home Alone.'”
And so I did.
Read about how I found the courage to abandon my ship for three nights and to return home to find nary an errant ping-pong ball or beer bong (but did discover some mighty clean bathrooms), which is featured on Grown and Flown today.
As for me, I’m thinking about changing the name of my site to “Grown and Hasn’t Flown.” Maybe that’s what I’ll write about for them next.