New Year’s Day…In September


The Parent-Writer: Strategies for Success

By Sharon Miller Cindrich

Most families realize that the New Year doesn’t start January 1st. It starts the first day of school each fall, when kids return to school. New teachers, new friends, new carpools, new schedules and new lunch boxes. It’s a time of change, growth and exciting anticipation of things to come.

As my children realize that they’ve outgrown soccer shoes and fall jackets, as they begin to explore new levels of independence and assume a confidence and pride that comes with reaching that next grade level, I’m reminded that I, too, have grown—as a writer and a parent. I’m ready to take things to the next level, too. Following are a few ideas for making the most of the back-to-school New Year:

Make some resolutions. As school and sports schedules begin to settle into place, take the time to list your writing goals for the fall. Try to frontload your work in September and October so you can find some flex time as fall and winter holidays approach.

Clean out the clutter. Reorganize your office, clean out your desk drawers and give yourself a fresh space to work in this fall.

Get outside. Weather will be getting cooler and you’ll be cooped up indoors soon enough. Bring the laptop to the park, spend time on your deck and schedule in a daily walk before the leaves fall.

Make contact. September is a great month for phone calls and e-mails. Editors have returned from their summer vacations, are gearing up or wrapping up holiday season stories and are ripe for a phone call or query from you.

It’s a new year, parents, so break out the sparkling grape juice and do it right by toasting your growth, preparing for things to come and making a fresh start to forward your writing endeavors.

E-Parenting, Keeping Up with Your Tech-Savvy Kids by Sharon CindrichSharon Miller Cindrich is a freelance writer whose work has been published nationally in magazines and newspapers around the country including The Chicago Tribune, Parents Magazine, and The Writer. She is a Contributing Editor at FamilyFun Magazine and writes a bimonthly humor column for West Suburban Living Magazine in the Chicago Suburbs. She is a regular contributor to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Lifestyle section and Metroparent Magazine. Her book E-Parenting: Keeping Up with Your Tech-Savvy Kids is now out from Random House. Read more about Sharon at

1 Response to “New Year’s Day…In September”

  1. 1 Kris Bordessa November 6, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    I wandered my way over to this site via the internet “chasing butterflies” method, and while here Sharon’s name in the tag cloud caught my eye. As a fellow FamilyFun contributor, I just wanted to say hello!

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