Mom to Mom: Sylvia Long
Mom: Sylvia Long
Of: Matthew (32), John (28)
Nana to: Sophie Grace Long (2), Helena Marion Long (4 mos)
Site: Sylvia Long
1. In what ways has becoming a mother changed you?
Becoming a mother brought out the best in me. I was never happier than when those two little boys were running around the house and yard, just for the sheer joy of the exercise; exploring outside, building cities of tinkertoys and lincoln logs, little league... well, you know. I Loved it all. My, it does go fast - Enjoy every minute!
2. What is one tip you would like to share about mothering?
I think one thing that's important is to be yourself, which is the only thing you can consistently be. That sounds odd maybe, but some young mothers may feel their inexperience is such a detriment that they try to follow someone else's mothering "style", rather than following their own natural instincts. Consistency gives a child a sense of safety and security, which is really important.
3. Motherhood and Art are two very strong passions. Creative mom's of young children often have difficulty finding time for their creative medium. What would you like to share about your experience as a mother/illustrator?
Motherhood is a very strong passion indeed. My love of illustrating books for children absolutely flows from that passion. Managing time efficiently wasn't/isn't easy for me. Perhaps my memory is foggy, but as I recall, there was time for art when my babes were sleeping. When they were toddlers, they spent a day at daycare so I could do my painting, and all too soon, they were off to school. I always just worked it in somehow.
4. What moves you, grounds you, fills your well?
A day out exploring in the woods, on the beach, or along a stream, rejuvenates and inspires me like nothing else can. Hopefully, I bring some of that to my work.
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