When my kids were younger, they thought Mommy being an author was everything. They told their teachers and friends, and they'd gush about my fame (which wasn't a thing) and how many movies would be made from my stories (which is yet to be a reality).
Fast forward several years, and my kids are no longer starry-eyed hobbits still clinging to baby fat. Now they're teenagers, both growing into elfishly tall thinkers with a much broader understanding of the world and how things work.
Both well-read, one loved my first dystopian book but couldn't finish the series, while the other just can't quite connect with any of them. And despite my gentle suggesting, neither is interested in reading my noblebright fantasy. It isn't that they aren't the speculative types. My daughter's favorite series is currently Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle, full of dragons and swords and danger. And we've raised them right: on LOTR marathons and frequent trips to Narnia.
And with the confidence to have their own opinions.
So what do we do with this as writer moms? How do we bring our kids into this special part of who we are without a.) forcing it down their throats, or b.) feeling rejected by their lack of interest?
The answer is simple: we don't.
Until, if ever, they are ready.
The important thing is not that our children latch on to our passions. It isn't bad if our kids don't take an interest in the stories we create.
What matters more is that they see us working hard. That over the course of time, they observe our victories and failures, and the way we respond to each.
Further, what matters MOST is that we teach them to be obedient to God's instruction and leading.
They see you taking care of the talent/passion you've been gifted.
They see you working hard to reach your goals and pouring over every detail to present an excellent offering to the Giver of good gifts.
They see you cry when you fail and get back up through prayer and worship.
These things matter infinitely more than whether they like your stories.
Because years later, when they're facing their own challenges and striving to be obedient in the struggle, they'll look back and remember they can do hard things. Because you did.
Be brave, mama!
We believe in you!
LAURA FRANCES is the author of the Slave series (a clean dystopian story) and Songs in the Night (a noblebright fantasy). Residing in midwest America as a wife, mother, homeschool teacher, and writer, Frances strives to convince others through the art of storytelling that they can do the things they think they can't.