An Interview with Robin Kramer from Pink Dryer Lint!
Robin Kramer teaches college public speaking and is the author of Then I Became a Mother, slated to be published this fall. Check out her interview, where she talks about her top three lessons learned as a mom and her blog, Pink Dryer Lint
Tell us more about yourself and your family.
My three daughters keep my life full, my kitchen floor sticky, and my husband, Joel, highly outnumbered.
I teach college public speaking and writing, play a mean game of Scattergories, burst into spontaneous dance moves on occasion for no apparent reason, and take immense pleasure in a well-organized closet. I revel in the idea of cookbooks and recipes, but I’m content with ordering pizza. I wrestle with my children on the floor nearly as often as I sweep it, and I’ll admit – I’m a frequent sweeper.
I appreciate order, structure, and time for reflection, which are three desires in diametric opposition with the reality of motherhood. I wash and fold lots of laundry. If pink dryer lint was worth its weight in gold (lightweight as it is), I’d consider early retirement.
When did you start Pink Dryer Lint, and what motivated you to begin blogging?
I began blogging in June 2010, shortly after my third daughter was born. Despite the fact that I was sleep deprived and hormonally unbalanced, the decision to launch a blog was a calculated one. I love to write and to encourage other mothers to find humor, contentment, and encouragement in their daily parenting. Blogging brings these loves together.
Can you tell us more about the Pink Dryer Lint app? What can users do on the app? What made you choose to make an app based on Pink Dryer Lint?
The Pink Dryer Lint app was designed by Bryne Publishing, and it allows readers to engage with my blog content in a different way. It merges my blog posts, my Twitter feed, and two games that both moms and kids can enjoy.
The creation of the app is part of an ongoing relationship with Byrne Publishing. My first book, Then I Became a Mother, is slated to be published with them during the fall of 2012.
What are the top three lessons you have learned as a mom?
1) To let go of perfect. Motherhood is wonderful. It’s also tiring, repetitive, and unexpectedly sticky. As much as I love organization and structure, I’ve learned to give up on having a tidy life. Life with children is overflowing. You can’t contain it.
2) To invite God into my parenting. I ask God to multiply my efforts and correct my mistakes on a regular basis. Sometimes this is hourly.
3) To relax and enjoy my children. Do you realize how funny parenting can be? You can’t script the kind of humor that kids provide. I’m glad that I blog so I can tap into the universal comedy inherent in raising kids.
Do you have a motto or saying that you and your family live by?
Primarily, our motto could be summed up as this: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. “ Another often-repeated saying: “Remember to close the door behind you.”
Twitter: Robin Kramer @ PinkDryerLint (https://twitter.com/#!/PinkDryerLint)