My Youngest Daughter is NOW a Published Writer! Proud Mom Moment

Youngest Daughter is Published Writer

**Proud Mom Moment**


I’m back! For real, this time, I hope! I think I was suffering a bit of blogging burnout, or I just needed a break after the rush to defend my dissertation and complete my Doctor of Education program โ€ฆ

So NOW, I’m rejoining the Ultimate Blog Challenge to at least blog each day for the rest of this month, and carry the momentum into August!

And I’m starting off this second half of July’s blogging with this exciting announcement: my youngest daughter, Joylynne Johnson, is now officially a published writer! So yes, I’m having a “proud mom moment” here! ๐Ÿ™‚


My youngest daughter Joylynne and her oldest daughter (my first grandchild), Chloe


Joy is a stay/work at home mom, now with three girls under the age of 5! So I have been sharing job leads with her for work she can do from home. She successfully landed a writing job with an organization called Togetherhood, who have an entire online community for parents and others who have “quirky kids” in their lives.

Their use of that term “quirky” refers “to a child who seems like a regular kid on the outside, but on the inside struggles with neurological, behavioral, or learning challenges. These are often invisible conditions such as Anxiety, Sensory Integration, Attention, and certain Spectrum disorders that can make simple things feel difficult.”

Joy’s article, which she wrote a few months ago and we JUST found it published this morning, is entitled,

8 Honest Ways to Deal with Unsolicited Advice

Here’s her intro:

Drinking my coffee with almond milk, as well as forgetting to switch over the wet laundry to the dryer, are probably the only two situations I despise more than the infamous unsolicited parenting advice.

People are always so quick to throw advice at you, especially the โ€œperfect parents .โ€ I was a perfect parent before I had kids, too. I swore I wouldn’t have a defiant kid. I swore my kids would listen, come hell or high water. I would have a kid who I could communicate with!

But alas, I have been proven wrong. I have a beautiful 4 1/2-year-old daughter with a Social Communication Disorder. Being a parent is the most complex, unique journey with a typical kid, never mind parenting a kid with endless quirks. It can be very difficult to listen to โ€œadvice,โ€ but all I can say is โ€” be prepared. Be prepared for anything. Here are eight different ways to either respond to or handle unsolicited advice...”

Want to find out her 8 tips? ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Then click on this link to read her full article:

8 Honest Ways to Deal with Unsolicited Advice

Please support her and leave some comments, too! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  She has written at least one other article for Togetherhood, but it has not been published yet. Stay tuned, because you KNOW I’ll share another “proud mom moment” when it happens! ๐Ÿ™‚

So What About YOU?

Do you have any “quirky” kids in your life?

Will you read Joy’s article?


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14 comments to “My Youngest Daughter is NOW a Published Writer! Proud Mom Moment”

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  1. Joy Healey - July 18, 2017 Reply

    Congratulations from this Joy to your Joy ๐Ÿ™‚

    I read (and shared) her article with some guilty feelings because I was one of those who was going to be a perfect parent…. until I became a parent. And then I understood.

    No-one who has not been a parent can possibly understand the unique experiences that can range from frustration to pride within the space of an hour. So…. yes, just smile sweetly, they don’t know what they’re talking about and it’s wrong to mock the ignorant ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good luck to Joy with her

  2. Sharon T McLaughlin MD FACS - July 18, 2017 Reply

    Congratulations, I am happy for your daughter. Best wishes for the blog challenge.
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  3. Martha - July 18, 2017 Reply

    I would say this is a definite super proud mommy moment! Congrats to your daughter for being published! And great to see you back in the challenge too!

  4. Patricia Swanepoel - July 19, 2017 Reply

    Congrats to your daughter! I know a lot of awesome special kids with endless quirks. My own included. They keep life interesting.

  5. Bing - July 19, 2017 Reply

    Congratulations to your daughter and to the proud mom!

    I think a lot of people, including me, are guilty of giving unsolicited advice. With or without a good intention, I agree that it is not necessary for a parent/parents (especially those who have quirky kids), to listen to or hear unsolicited advice. I learned it the hard way when somebody told me to hit my daughter hard because she was talking back to me. Not really a good feeling.

  6. Sharon Blackwell - July 19, 2017 Reply

    Congratulate her on my behalf and best of luck for her for blogging job and must say she is so beautiful.

  7. Sonal Talwar - July 19, 2017 Reply

    Hi Lee

    Congratulations! This is definitely a proud moment for you!
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  8. Glenda Cates - July 19, 2017 Reply

    Beautiful ladies and Congrats on her accomplishment. I love being able to share proud mommy moments and think when possible we should also do proud hubby moments. Have a Blessed day.

  9. Elise Cohen Ho - July 19, 2017 Reply

    Congratulations to your daughter. I am headed over there next, Your blog is looking great.
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  10. Sue Bride - July 21, 2017 Reply

    One of my kids is so “quirky” that no-one offers advice because they know they are out of their depth ๐Ÿ™‚ Instead I seek advice from his therapists and read what other parents suggest through online groups.

    He has Fragile X Syndrome, the leading known cause of genetic intellectual disability and autism. Anxiety, attention problems and sensory disorders are a part of it.
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  11. Amber Harrop - July 21, 2017 Reply

    Congratulations to Joylynn no wonder you are a proud Momma
    Must check out her blog too

  12. Saurabh tiwari - July 22, 2017 Reply

    Aww, thatโ€™s brilliant. you should be so proud of yourself.
    I am so glad that you wrote this post as itโ€™s made such a massive difference to so many.
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  13. Chery Schmidt - July 22, 2017 Reply

    Welcome back K-Lee!! Yeppers sometime we just need to take that much needed break HUH! Also congrats to your daughter, I am headed on over to her post now..
    Thanks For Sharing!
    Have a Super Weekend..
    Chery :))
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  14. Kathryn Maclean - July 23, 2017 Reply

    Hi Dr.Karen,
    Congrats to you and also for your daughter.
    Kids are sometimes “quirky”. We blended a family, one of each. We went to therapy and the best advice we got was don’t sweat the small stuff and guess what it’s all small stuff. Heading to your daughter’s article.
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