Amelia is an author, publisher, educator, cancer survivor and mom of two. She’s author of the controversial children’s book topic Nuclear Power: How a Nuclear Power Plant Really Works! and the award-winning Tickles Tabitha’s Cancer-tankerous Mommy. Her company, Nutcracker Publishing helped pioneer cancer resources for children, and she was the first cancer survivor to write and implement a cancer awareness school program for elementary children.
How many children do you have? I have two, teenage and young adult (college).
What’s your favorite parenting tip? If you’re uncomfortable talking to them about it then read to them about it! That is how I came to author a children’s book about cancer and write the article below: Breast Cancer: Ten Things a Survivor’s Daughter needs to Know
What has surprised you most about parenting? The teen-aged babysitter next door was more qualified than I was when they handed me my daughter! I have learned that children will turn out great despite your flaws or screw up no matter what you do to prevent it. You will love them regardless.
How do you get your kids to eat healthy food? I tried never to make a big deal about food! My son was a picky eater, he didn’t like the texture of certain foods, and I didn’t make him eat something he hated, but just offered another option. I also never made my kids clean their plates. I received plenty of grief from other family members about it, but today, the cousins who had to clean their plate are overweight. My picky eater grew up to like just about everything.
How do you work exercise into your family’s life? We lead an active life. Snow and water skiing, walking, biking, and dancing. These are things we looked forward to doing. We didn’t exactly love to run or do pushups but, my husband and I have always exercised and our children have followed our example.
How do you recharge your batteries? Exercise and chocolate.