As part of the Litfuse blog tour for The Joy of Letting Go, I have the privilege of chatting with author Vicki Caruana today!
Dr. Vicki Caruana is the author of 20 books and the blog Apples & Chalkdust—named after her bestselling book that has touched the lives of a million educators around the world. Caruana is one of four parenting experts on “Starting Points,” Focus on the Family’s parenting DVD series. Formerly a public school teacher and a homeschooling mom, Vicki is now an assistant professor of education at Mount Saint Mary College in New York. She lives with her station wagon loving husband, Chip, in Newburgh, New York and has two grown sons in Colorado Springs.
Her new book, The Joy of Letting Go, released April 1st from David C. Cook Publishing.
With readings of encouragement and inspirational quotes, this devotional helps parents prepare their hearts for their children’s independence, whether their kids are just starting kindergarten or graduating from college.
Parents let go of their children every day, even in ways they don’t realize.
The 52 devotional readings within shine a light on all the times readers have loosened their grip on their children and encourages them to continue to let go in life-giving ways. Written by a parenting and education expert, The Joy of Letting Go will comfort and inspire parents in all seasons of parenting.
Hi Vicki! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Vicki: I prefer oranges. Oranges remind me of summer and sliced oranges were a staple in my bagged school lunch growing up. Also, my mom always told me that she ate a lot of oranges when she was pregnant with me and that’s why I have red hair, so there’s that!
Carrie: Hmmm… that’s interesting. My mom craved (and ate) oranges when she was pregnant with me, and I do have (natural) red highlights in my hair. Of course, I’m allergic to oranges. Which is sad. lol.
Vicki: I prefer winter because I hate being hot. I prefer to live where there is a change of seasons and I’m happier when it’s winter white outside with a roaring fire inside.
Carrie: Vicki…. you are my people!
Vicki: I prefer dogs because I’m allergic to cats and I hate cat litter. Although we had one cat, Tiger, who thought she was a dog, so that wasn’t too bad.
Carrie: Well.. yes. Cats who think they are dogs get a little credit. 😉
Vicki: I drink both, but I prefer coffee. Coffee reminds me of cake and conversation, while tea reminds me of the only thing I can stomach when I’m sick.
Carrie: It’s funny how our minds make such strong associations like that, isn’t it?
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Vicki: If I had a superpower, it would be encouragement. I can use words to get you through a difficult time in your life.
Carrie: That is a beautiful superpower to have ♥
Which books are “on your nightstand”?
Vicki: Well, there’s one on my nightstand and the rest are in my Nook! Right now I’m reading “Dyer Consequences” by Maggie Sefton, “The Wisdom of Menopause” by Christine Northrop (yep, it’s that time), “Here on Earth” by Alice Hoffman, “The Baker’s Wife” by Erin Healy, and “The Face” by Dean Koontz (one of my favorite authors).
Carrie: Oooo I haven’t heard about that Erin Healy book. Going to have to check that one out some more!
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Vicki: Writing is how I communicate most often and most comfortably. As an introvert who is forced at times to act like an extrovert, I’m grateful for writing as a way for me to connect and share as transparently as possible a message God has asked me to share.
Carrie: Yes! I feel the same way about blogging.
Why write about ‘letting go of your kids’? Why is it important to you?
Vicki: The theme of my book is that letting go can be life-giving! This is important to me because too often we’ve been led to believe it is an ending, which is not a healthy attitude for parents or their children. My goal is to offer hope – to be a help, not a hindrance.
Carrie: i love that!
What is something that surprised you the most while researching The Joy of Letting Go?
Vicki: One thing that surprised me while researching my book is that parents make the act of “letting go” look either extremely agonizing or extremely joyful on social media – Facebook puts on a face that isn’t always reality.
What do you most want readers to take away from The Joy of Letting Go?
Vicki: I want readers to know that they’ve been in the process of letting go since the moment their child was born; that the three strings – apron, purse, and heart – although at times connected, when broken (apron and purse), the heart strings will always remain intact.
Carrie: Such a great way to put that!
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Vicki: What’s coming next for me happens to be a Study Abroad trip to London for a month! While I teach in London on the history of the textile arts of the British Isles, I’ll be engaged in “stitch stories” – I hope to tell those stories in a variety of ways when I return.
Carrie: Is it ok to admit that I’m more than a little jealous about this trip of yours? 😉