Learning New Things (Editor's Letter)
I’m going to let you in on a little secret: this job teaches me new things with each magazine that I work on. Especially this month’s issue.
We can tend to keep things on the lighter side here at Little Rock Family, but we still want to provide content that’s informative and meaningful for our readers. This issue’s cover story features a mom and her brand new business, The Studio.
I went into my interview with Stephanie Johnston with a lot of questions. We discussed postpartum OCD, the struggles of becoming a new parent, how it can be difficult to label someone with postpartum depression and more.
These topics are so important, but can be hard to talk about. As someone who doesn’t yet have kids, it was enlightening to hear about these things, and I’m sure there are a lot of moms out there who wish they had learned more before a baby was in their arms.
In this issue we’re also addressing another sensitive topic: taking care of aging parents or other elderly relatives. This was another chance for me to be, as they say, “ahead of the learning curve.”
There’s no shame in what you don’t know. I think it’s vital, as adults, to keep learning. As parents, it sets a great example for your kids.
I remember when I was homeschooled in elementary school, my mom would frequently comment on all the new information she was learning as she taught us. It’s no surprise that by the time you’re in your 20s, 30s and 40s, you’ve likely forgotten some of the third grade science you learned years ago and how to calculate the area of a circle (or maybe that's just me).
Whether you’d like to step back in time and learn along with your kids, pick up a brand new hobby or educate yourself on a serious topic such as mental health, I say go for it.
Kids learn by example more than anything else, so you as a parent can set an example of having that thirst for knowledge. And maybe reading some of the articles in Little Rock Family can be just one small part of that journey.