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Ilana Wiles, the mom behind Mommy Shorts, celebrates "remarkably average parenting."
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What are your favorite books or movies on parenting?
Well, I think I have to give a shout out to my book The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting. It's a fun read that combines real advice with fun anecdotes and parenting memes. It was my attempt to combat the whole perfect parenting thing. There is no right way to do anything (especially parenting!) and sometimes the best thing we can do is forgive ourselves a little and acknowledge that becoming a parent means that things are way less in your control.
What do you love about blogging about parenting?
I love that my job allows me to manage my own schedule, prioritize what I want in the moment and spend time with my kids. We have had so many wonderful opportunities as a family because of what I do.
What’s your favorite off-the-beaten-path thing to do/place to visit with your kids?
I don't know if it's really off the beaten path, but I love taking my kids into Brooklyn. We live in the East Village, so it's just one stop on the L train to Williamsburg. We love Domino Park and everything around there, although I'm sad the pump track is leaving! My kids loved riding their bikes there. Speaking of bikes, I'm hoping this year they are old enough to ride over the Williamsburg bridge to get there instead of taking the subway. Or the Brooklyn Bridge into Dumbo! That's another fun spot to take the kids.
What is the best thing about raising kids in the New York city area?
The best thing about raising kids in NYC is all the amazing kid-friendly and cultural things to do in the city. From pop-ups to ever-changing museum exhibits to the variety of parks and playgrounds, we really love exploring our own city and taking full advantage of living here. Since my kids are a little older now, writing about all there is to do with them in NYC has become a big focus of my blog and Instagram. My 7-year-old and I are currently taste-testing all the doughnut shops in Manhattan. That would be a one-day activity in most cities, but we have endless options to test out.
All photos courtesy Ilana Wiles