From Every Family’s Got One Founder — Barbara Herel

older parenting stories

Published by Dottir Press, book launches September 2021


Did you become a parent after 40? I did and wrote an essay about it for a new book anthology called Tick-Tock: Becoming a Parent after 40.

I’m happy to be included with incredible writers who offer-up their personal experiences of being or having an older parent. Contributors include New York Times best-selling author Elizabeth Acevedo, award-winning author Adam Berlin, writer/editor Salma Abdelnour Gilman, and more.

We all need a cheering section

No matter what we’re trying  to accomplish, it’s a lot less painful if we have people rooting for us.  And if it wasn’t for these two individuals, I would have self-talked my way right out of this writing opportunity.

Many thanks to my beautiful friend and fellow creative person, Shamina Rao, for telling me about the call to pitch. It feels good to have someone think of you, especially someone you trust and admire; it definitely helped me take that leap of faith.    

And honestly…

I don’t think I would have actually submitted my piece after the many (many) rewrites if it wasn’t for the encouragement of prolific book author of The Lilac House, The Bluebell Girls, and The Lily Garden, and all-around lovely person Barbara Solomon Josselsohn.

Barbara is an Every Family’s Got One storyteller. She charmed our audience with her family story about her son’s fiercely competitive nature that left her wondering – is this kid actually mine? Lol  

So Barbara, thank you for answering my slew of questions and providing me with your insights and much needed positivity when I felt my confidence ebbing.      

More about Tick-Tock…

Tick-Tock is published by Dottir Press, edited by Nan Bauer-Maglin and Vicki Breitbart and launches September 21, 2021, but you can pre-order Tick-Tock: Essays on Becoming a Parent After 40 on Amazon or Bookshop.

I’ll keep you posted about the book’s virtual launch event in September and upcoming readings at local indie bookstores.

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I’ll be back soon with exciting news and goings on about Every Family’s Got One podcast & live storytelling show.

As always, thank you for being here, Family.