Bunmi Laditan is an award-winning, Webby-nominated writer from California who lives in Quebec, Canada, with her family. She's contributed to the New York Times, Parenting Magazine and The Huffington Post, and is best known for the satirical Twitter account Honest Toddler.
Using Cool Mom secrets, you can teach a child . . .How to Use ChopsticksHow to Throw a Spiral PassHow to See Better in the DarkHow to Spin a Basketball on One FingerHow to Make the World's Best Caramel CornHow to Cruise on a SkateboardHow to Identify a Poisonous SpiderHow to Hang a Spoon on Your NoseHow to Crack an Egg with One HandHow to Weigh a Cloud
. . . and 90 other ageless, practical lessons. Years later, whenever your child uses any of these skills, he or she will proudly say, "My mom taught me that." Now, is that cool, or what?
In this astoundingly unique book, bestselling author N.D. Wilson reminds each of us that to truly live we must recognize that we are dying. Every second we create more of our past—more decisions, more breathing, more love and more loathing, all of it slides by into the gone as we race to grab at more moments, at more memories made and already fading.
We are all authors, creators of our own pasts, of the books that will be our lives. We stare at the future or obsess about the present, but only the past has been set in stone, and we are the ones setting it. When we race across the wet concrete of time without purpose, without goals, without laughter and love and sacrifice, then we fail in our mortal moment. We race toward our inevitable ends without artistry and without beauty.
All of us must pause and breathe. See the past, see your life as the fruit of providence and thousands of personal narratives. What led to you? You did not choose where to set your feet in time. You choose where to set them next.
Then, we must see the future, not just to stare into the fog of distant years but to see the crystal choices as they race toward us in this sharp foreground we call the present. We stand in the now. God says create. Live. Choose. Shape the past. Etch your life in stone, and what you make will be forever.