Yes that is a solar flare. Sort of belies the idea of the title of this post. In the vast universe that may in fact be a bright spot. Yet that image is one sort of mad bright explosion. So bright altogether that no one spot looks bright at all. To me it looks oddly womb-y. Which is good, because this post marks the beginning of my 3 month submersion into parenting. And by submersion I mean of course that the hours that I ostensibly spend away from parenting (software development hours) are now going to be all about….parenting. Yikes.

Wireframing of marble jar is done, and now I am spending lots of time thinking, reading and talking about the way we encourage our kids. Trying to distill it down to app form, and then cutting away features of the app until we have a minimal viable product.

At first that sounds like the opposite of what we want, right? I mean for a product fine, but a PARENTING product? minimal viable? NOT IT. It has been an incredibly useful exercise for me though. Distill it down. What is the core message. What functions so enrich our interactions that it fundamentally changes the way we view our kids, and ourselves. It comes down to the bright spots. Trust me, this is hard to see. I come from a glass is half empty place. It has necessitated a huge mental shift.

winwin’s newest app Marble jar is designed to help with this. Notice the good things, wipe away the “nos” and change them to “Sure, when…” Spend more time celebrating together. Start looking for those bright spots.

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Anna Rosenblum Palmer is a freelance writer based in Denver, CO. She writes about sex, parenting, cat pee, bi-polar disorder and the NFL; all things inextricably intertwined with her mental health. In her free time she teaches her boys creative swear words, seeks the last missing puzzle piece and thinks deeply about how she is not exercising. Her writing can be found on Babble, Parent.co, Great Moments in Parenting, Ravishly, Good Men Project, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Playpen, Crazy Good Parent, and YourTango. She also does a fair amount of navel gazing on her own blog at annarosenblumpalmer.com.

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