Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Boardroom To Playroom: Turning On The "Mom Switch"

What happens when the pleasures of a tidy, carefully decorated home are traded for the excitement of high chairs and noisy toys? When quiet evenings and carefully planned schedules are traded for busy days and crazy nights? What happens when the desire to experience joy is replaced with the desire that another would experience joy? Karona Drummond weaves images of life before kids with life after kids. Illustrations by Estelle Corke, Along Came You is a sweet reminder of the sacrifice parents make for their children and teaches children about the joyful changes they bring, transforming a simple life into an abundant life.

Boardroom to playroom:
Turning on the "Mom Switch"

Children's author explores the loving sacrifices parents make for their children

Lots of changes happen when kids enter the picture. Briefcases are traded for diaper bags. Silk business scarves are set aside for fluffy dress-up boas. When career women have kids, it isn't just their schedules that change: they get to be kids again, too.

Karona Drummond can relate to changing her world to accommodate the arrival of kids. Her new book, Along Came You, celebrates the joys of having children and how big changes come with parenthood.

"Our lives have many chapters," says Drummond, mother of two elementary-aged children. "If we're blessed to have a chapter called 'parenthood,' enjoy! It's busy, exhausting and fun. It's like nothing else in the world."

"Along Came You" is a children's picture book following a mother who tells her daughter what life was like before she was born and how she makes her world rich. Drummond draws from the new things her own children brought about, from the stylish home d├ęcor that once graced the walls to the handmade art her kids replaced it with.

"There are many moments I have cherished with my children," Drummond says. "For example, the look on your child's face when she's finally big enough to ride the roller coaster is priceless. I love huge, 100 mile-per-hour loop-de-loop coasters, but it was an even bigger thrill to sit next to my daughter as she rode the little 10 mile-per-hour, one teeny-hill coaster in kiddie land for the very first time."

Brightly illustrated with endearing images of the mother-daughter relationship, Drummond and illustrator Estelle Corke show the beautiful transition from life without kids to the richness kids bring.

She hopes "Along Came You" will help kids understand the special bond they share with their mothers and be a story parents and children can read together and enjoy as a family.

About the Author
Karona Drummond is a certified elementary school teacher and mother of two. She has taught preschoolers for over 15 years and spent several years at Texas Woman's University Child Development Center and several years at the University of North Texas Child Development Laboratory. Her publications include "The Running Years," which was chosen for the "Hats Off to Dads" section of the Tejas Storytelling Festival. Her writing includes stories for preschoolers and elementary-aged children and inspirational poetry for adults. Karona lives with her family just outside of Dallas, Texas.

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