Interview With Claudine Wolk Author of It Gets Easier! . . . And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers

02 November 2009
Today I am thrilled to bring you my interview with Claudine Wolk author of It Gets Easier! . . . And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers. My own experience with motherhood was quite interesting. Tristen was such a laid back baby, we actually had to wake him up to eat during the night. He gave me the (completely unrealistic) idea that all infants were that easy. Then came Ashley who spent her first year scream all the time. She was quite a wake up call. I am so drawn to the title of this book because, well, does it ever get easier? Be sure to check out It Gets Easier! . . . And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers. I think y'all will enjoy it.

Thanks so much Claudine for taking the time to visit with me! I really appreciate it and am sure my readers do as well.

Nessa: What inspired you to write this book?

CW: Motherhood changed everything for me. I was clueless after the birth of my son, going literally from the office to home with a fussy infant! As soon as I found tips from other moms, that actually worked, that weren’t in any other books, I decided that I had to put it all down in a book for the moms who came after me. It was almost a mandate - honesty, for the love of Pete, honesty! So, the book really started after the birth of my first son. My other two children were practically guinea pigs used to apply the information I had learned with my first son to make sure the success of the tips was not a fluke, and oh, yeah, we wanted more kids!

Nessa: How long have you been writing?

CW: I guess I’ve been writing for about 16 years, from the time that my son was born. I started to submit stuff much later (not unlike many other aspiring writers) about 5 years ago.

Nessa: What do you think is the biggest "lie" you were told as a new mother?

CW: I think the biggest lie I was told – actually it was more of an omission than a lie – was that a baby eats and falls asleep after he eats. Who knew that the little critters actually stay awake after they eat and sometimes even scream their little faces off? I was expecting the “Downy Baby” baby, who was peaceful and cherub-looking. I was also expecting to look just like the fully-makeuped and peaceful mom in that commercial. Reality was a bit different for me.

Nessa: What is the best piece of advice you ever received as a new mom?

CW: The best piece of advice I received as a new mom I actually read in Dr. Spock’s Baby and Childcare. Dr. Spock said that as moms we know more than we think we know. This one sentence gave me the freedom to trust my instincts and that it was OK to make decisions regarding my new family. That realization took a lot of pressure off and opened me up to try a lot of the advice I share in the book.

Nessa: What projects are you currently working on?

CW: Right now I am trying to find new ways reach new moms. I’ve come up with a new venue that I like to call “Cocktails & Conversation.” It’s a way for me to visit new moms and facilitate their sharing of stories and ideas that work for them. One mom hosts a “party” and I come, speak a bit, and get the mom-conversation rolling. It’s like “Bunco” but without the dice (or the money.) The cool thing about it is that all different moms come – new moms, pregnant moms, more experienced moms, and even women just thinking about getting pregnant. The best part is that once the ball gets rolling, the sharing is incredible. Everyone speaks and shares their concerns or the ideas that have worked for them. Moms learn that they are not alone. Everyone comes away with a smile. It exhilarating!

Claudine Wolk

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Cynthia said...

Great interview and what an interesting book. Your comment about trusting your instincts is so true and yet so hard. When you realize you're holding a new life in your hands, it can be tough to just go with the flow!


Jodi Webb said...

Will you be writing any new books? Maybe about how to navigate your kids through grade school--lots of surprises there I wasn't ready for!