Happy Chaos: From Punky to Parenting and My Perfectly Imperfect Adventures In Between is the first parenting book by Soleil Moon Frye. Soleil believes that “happy chaos is a sign of a family operating at its best—when parents accept that they’ll make mistakes, there will be messes, tears and skinned knees. Along with the parenting advice, you will also find photos, personal stories, and 80s nostalgia.”
I had the opportunity to “ask” Soleil some questions (via email) about herself – here’s what she exclusively shared with me:
1. You’re someone who’s been able to transition from a child star to a success both in your personal and professional life. What do you think made the difference for you?
I have an amazing family that always inspired me to be a kid and to have my childhood. I was so lucky to have a mom that encouraged me to be myself and to always believe in my dreams.
2. I’m a big fan of Twitter (and other social media) because as a stay-at-home mom, it really helped me understand that I am not alone and can still have a life for myself, beyond my role as a mother. What role has social media played in your life?
I felt the same way as a new mom. Social media became my mommy group. It is where I turn for advice and insight into parenting. I love connecting to other parents. Every chapter of Happy Chaos starts with a question of the day and then has people’s responses from my community. I love the interaction.
3. I know from reading about you that you’re very environmentally conscious – what are simple things we can do every day that can really make a difference long term?
I think it’s the little things we do that make a huge difference. Taking a walk, riding our bike’s , bringing our own bags to the grocery store are some of the things we do. Reduce, reuse, and recycling is also big in our household. 75% of my 3 year olds stuff was Poet’s first. We love to take ordinary things around the house and turn them into treasures for the kids. We do a ton of crafts and try and teach our kids about the environment. If I have the water on too long. Poet calls out “Mommy, turn off the water, you are wasting it.” I am really proud to say that my little ones are very aware of helping our planet. I think it can start from a very early age.