Sure it’s simple, writing for kids
Just as simple as bringing them up. Ursula k. LeGuin
You’ve read it often, the writer who refers to their book as “my baby.” I’ve done it too so I thought I’d have some fun with quotes. First comes the original quote, then I’ve turned it on it’s head, so it’s either child-like or writerly.
From Dorothy Parker:
If you have any young writer friends who aspire to be happy, the second greatest favor you can do for them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.
If you have any young friends who aspire to be happy and parents, the second greatest favor you can do for them is to present them with copies of The First Five Years. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.
From Thomas Mann:
A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.
A parent is someone for whom raising a child is more difficult than it is for other people.
From Rachel Carson:
The discipline of the writer is to learn to be still and listen to what his subject has to tell him.
The discipline of the parent is to learn to be still and listen to what his child has to tell him.
From Democritus (so you know parenting has always been difficult):
Raising children is an uncertain thing; success is reached only after a life of battle and worry.
Writing is an uncertain thing; success is reached only after a life of rejection and insecurity.
From John Wilmott:
Before I married, I had three theories about raising children and no children. Now I have three children and no theories.
Before I wrote a book, I had three theories about how to write and no books. Now I have three books and no theories.
And here is the last one which mentions neither raising children nor writing but can apply to both. From Harper Lee:
Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway.
Perhaps this resonates with me because a few days ago I sent off a submission and I’m still looking to sooth myself. But playing with the quotes was fun. Why don’t you try it and see what you come up with.