Holiday Cheer with Ilana Wiles from Mommy Shorts
What's your favorite childhood holiday memory and how do you incorporate that into your own family's holiday traditions? We celebrated Hanukah and my mom used to have all the gifts wrapped and lined up in the living room on the first night, even though we were only allowed to open one gift per night. My sister and I used to agonize all day over which gift we were going to pick next based on the size and shape. Sometimes, my mom would to try to trick us by making the smaller presents really special and the larger presents less substantial. It was a good lesson.
We are sure that you are excited about the release of your book, “The Mommy Shorts Guide to Remarkably Average Parenting,” what was the motivation behind the book?
a happy Hanukah!
Like most new parents, when I became a mom I wanted to do everything right. When it came to things like breastfeeding, getting the baby on a sleep schedule, etc. I kept asking people— what is the correct way to do it? I soon learned there is no correct way. Every baby is different and parenting is mostly trial and error. All parents will make mistakes, I made them daily! Instead of feeling like a failure, I ended up finding a way to entertain myself with my struggles. I started my blog and found tons of other parents were all struggling with the same things and just wanted a way to laugh about it. There’s something hilarious about an entire community of intelligent successful people all being taken down by a twoyear old who doesn’t want to go to bed or a pacifier that rolled under the seat while you’re driving. Nothing humbles you like parenthood.
What’s next for 2017? Right now, I'm really getting into video. I love the community on Snapchat (I'm ilanawiles on there) and I'm building the Mommy Shorts YouTube channel. When my kids were babies, photos seemed like the perfect way to capture them, but now that they are older, I love seeing their personalities come to life on video.