askyermom is probably not written by your mom.
If your mom wrote this, she would probably be nagging you to read it. I’m pretty sure.
The main reason I keep coming back to add to this journal is that (for some reason) my six children need to hear things I have already said seven million times. I am pretty tired of talking, but I still love to nest in a quiet corner and write about the things I’m weary of explaining to them out loud.
In this way, I can print a page about how to mail a letter or how to quit smoking and fold it into a paper airplane and silently weigh in on any number of situations. Also, in this way, I cannot be interrupted. The looks I get when I say, “I blogged that,” make it all worthwhile.
I have been journaling to irritate and educate my kids for over twenty years and have occasionally received actual U.S. dollars for words, as a novelist and, for instance, that one time in Salon. The word count of my free material here is excessive, (search a topic and you will probably find something) but it’s not as sloppy as the unedited musings on my lesbian chicken soap opera that I did not actually write. Yet.
Nearly all the questions here are actual kid questions. Some answers are very thoughtfully and painstakingly researched and others are something else.
I am an ardent believer in the goodness of human nature and that humans must also be good to nature. I believe we can only live a good life by the bravest and most relentless force of our kindness. Additionally, I firmly believe that if you cannot be good, you had better be funny.
Anyone can send in a question, just comment or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and then cook your own dinner.