With so many people losing jobs, you have to find creative ways to employ yourself. And instead of letting my kids drive me batty, I used their experiences for the better.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) June 13, 2010
When your teenager rebels, your toddler throws tantrums and your infant figures out how to spit at you, the last thing an already hard-working mom of five children wants to hear is "you're fired."
For Kia Morgan Smith, hearing those words was just enough to push her to the point of going "Goony." And she did just that. With job prospects looking bleak in the metro Atlanta area and with recent job cuts for thousands of area teachers, the educator knew it wasn't going to be easy to find suitable employment. So Smith used her own homegrown experiences with her children and released a new children's book titled Goony Goo-Goo and Ga-Ga Too (Authorhouse).
"This book is unique because it was taken from real life. And because it happened, I was able to use this experience to actually help me," Smith said. Two of Smith's daughters, Mikaela and Kaitlin had a hard time understanding why their new baby brother, Rudolph Jr, was taking up so much of their mommy's time. They didn't like their new baby brother much and questioned their mom as to why he even existed.
"I was so shocked when they asked me, 'mommy why is he here? What does he do?' They just didn't get it. It took time for them to realize that he had a purpose and a place in our home."
And it was enough comical commentary to put Smith's pen in motion. In the book, Smith used the experience to write a whimsical tale of two sisters who use a secret baby language to plot against their new baby brother in an effort to get him to do what they want like clean their room, do their homework and even tie their shoes. They act like privileged princesses and baby boy has to clean up to earn his keep.
After being let go from her teaching job in January, Smith decided that it was time to be the victor and not the victim. "I sent out dozens of resumes and would even get interviews, but no job offers. I knew I had to take this opportunity to use what I got, which is my writing talent, to get what I want and create my own success. So I created a new job for myself. Now I'm an author."
As a former reporter from Philadelphia covering everything from politics to education, Smith lived in Norfolk Virginia and New York, but settled in the Atlanta area in 2006. She said she was seeking a better life for her family. But she said she had no idea the Atlanta job market was going to prove to be even more tough than parenting.
"With so many people losing jobs, you have to find creative ways to employ yourself. And instead of letting my kids drive me batty, I used their experiences for the better."
Smith recruited award-winning illustrator Brandon Fall to provide bright beautiful illustrations which compliment the artistic story-telling.
"Writing books is my business and I can never be fired again. And with being a mom of five, I have PLENTY of experience doing THIS job!"
Please visit Kia Morgan Smith website for more information:
Goony Goo-Goo and Ga-Ga Too is also available at:
Barnes & Noble.com
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