Author Kim Morrow is changing the landscape of being an advocate for children everywhere.  As an alumna of Harvard University and serving as an administration, Kim took her expertise and created a platform that isn’t highlighted quite yet! Learn more about the “educational roadmap” to hep in offering practical tips to empower students!

What was your “why” for writing 8 Pearls of Wisdom?

During the spring I was giving a presentation to a group of parents regarding my educational services. The parents had a number of questions ranging from working with a child with learning disabilities, time management, how to work with their child’s teacher, how to motivate their child, and so on. What was supposed to be a 15-20 overview of the services I offered turned into nearly a hour Q&A. One of the parents suggested I partnered with the local school districts to work with other parents who needed this information. Later, that evening I shared the feedback I received from the parents with my dear friend who said to me, “Kim you should put all of this valuable information you’ve learned over the years into a book for parents and educators. Writing a book would allow you to share best practices with a larger audience.”

I thought about her advice and started jotting down things I thought were critical for parents to know to help encourage their children.

What was your process and how long did it take you to write?

My process for writing began with me coming up with about ten things I believed were important for parents to know. I began brainstorming ideas, reflecting on past situations I had with parents, students and even myself as a student and I would write them down in my journal. I would also research articles on education and parent advocacy being sure to make notes about topics related to my overall message. The last week of June I created a writing schedule, set a goal of how many words I would write per day, chose an accountability partner to hold me accountable to my writing schedule and on July 1, 2018 I began writing the book. I completed my first draft in mid-September, had it edited, made changes, and resubmitted to a second editor a couple weeks later. The actual writing took about two months however, the preparation, planning, writing, and editing took about five months.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

The actual writing process. I learned a lot about myself during this process. I had an opportunity to reflect on the choices I’ve made over the years and the impact these choices have had on my life, my children’s lives and the lives of my students. The biggest thing I enjoyed about writing this book was realizing I can write. I love writing and I am excited and passionate about the subject matter and I am just so pleased I can share with others my two passions, empowering children and writing. For me, writing this book has been a win-win, I’ve combined the things I love the most.

What do you hope people get from reading your book?

The main thing I hope people get from reading my book is realizing there are many different ways to engage, motivate, and inspire their children, including parents who have children with low confidence, a learning disability, or any other type of barrier to achieving academically and/or socially.

What is the biggest thing that people think they know about your subject?

Most people “think” from the title the book is about me attempting to tell them how to parent their children.

What is the most important thing that people don’t know about your subject?

Empowering children is not just about cheering them on, which that is a part of it, it’s also about listening to and understanding your child’s specific needs, abilities, and using that information to engage and motivate them to maximize their full potential. Most importantly, it’s about learning what questions to ask on behalf of your children and learning about the various resources and programs available to help your child succeed.

Are you working on another book and if so, can you give us a sneak peek about what it’s about?

I am working on another book, this one will be an anthology featuring educators from around the country sharing their best practices and personal/professional stories that will serve to motivate, inspire, and elevate parents and educators to empower children.

Images Courtesy of Kimberly A. Morrow