Megan Jordan is a writer, consultant, and co-founding editor of the lifestyle and imagination destination Wonder and Company: Merchants of Adventure and Whimsy. Mother of three, she updates her personal blog, VelveteenMind.com, at a Southern pace (read: leisurely). She recently announced the launch of The Storied Studio, a writing studio the first of its kind on the Gulf Coast, and is opening Wonder and Company's first retail location this winter. Her balance and perspective make her a sought-after voice in the parenting community and among online leaders. Writing from Gulfport, Mississippi, Megan infuses her writing with depth as rich as bayou mud and humor bold as blackened shrimp.
1. Please describe yourself in ten words.
If not for my need to clarify, I’d be a poet. (that’s 11 words because brevity is my foe)
2. Nobody ever told me parenting would require me to ...
Rely on so many other people. We don’t, can’t, and shouldn’t raise our kids in a bubble.
3. Kids say the darndest things. One of the best things that ever came out of my child's mouth was ...
Him to his brother: “You’re a best word!” (followed by maniacal laughter from both)
Me: What is a “best word?” Him: You know… when you got really mad at us the other night when we wouldn’t stop fighting and you yelled, “Fine! Figure it out yourselves, you little best words!” (note: I didn’t exactly say “best words” during that total parenting breakdown)
4. My worst 2am moment with my child was ...
Refusing to let one of them climb into bed with us because I was too exhausted and wanted to stick to our rules. I couldn’t fall asleep after dismissing them and was overcome with the awareness of how fleeting these moments to snuggle are becoming. That was an ugly cry.
5. My idea of perfect family happiness is …
Traveling together. I’m partial to long road trips, haphazard hotel choices, and roadside attractions.
6. What is the best parenting advice you gave or received?
Make them feel seen.
7. What is your favorite book to read with your children?
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (where you are the bunny), followed by Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems (where you lose the bunny), rounded out by Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (where you’ll probably need to eat the bunny, what with the plane crash)
8. I would win the parenting award for ...
Conflict resolution. Encouraging our kids to be kind to one another is my highest priority. (not withstanding my answer to #3 above; we can’t be perfect parents all the time)
9. I would be put in the parenting penalty box for ...
Modeling work ethic regarding chores. They see me prioritize and that one doesn’t win.
10. If your children were characters from fiction, who would they be?
The kids from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. They are always opening doors they are told should stay shut and daring to explore. Together.
11. If your family had theme song, what would it be?
Holiday Road from National Lampoon’s Vacation.
12. The title of the movie about your family life would be ...
Good Trip Hunting
The Twigtale Twelve - Megan Jordan was originally published on September 3, 2015. Modifications to style, arrangement, and linked sources were made on January 8, 2016.