In our house, I'm the one between my husband and I that's considered "handy". If the faucet handle is broken, if the door is squeaky or if a framed picture needs to be hung on the wall, I'm your gal. However, don't ask me how to switch the wires around behind the TV to hook up the Wii or the DVD player. I have no idea. That's Chris' department. And we know our roles, our strengths and our weaknesses. We are like a fine tuned machine.
In fact, as I've grown, I've learned that any good partnership works along these lines. Appreciating what each of you has to offer and knowing how to work together to get the job done is invaluable. It's finding the partner that complements you that's the trick.
Over the past year, I've found a similar partnership in my friend, Michele, from the blog, Old Dog New Tits. We started by trading our short fiction pieces to proofread for one another. Then we started brainstorming ideas with one another. It has been a fun and productive collaboration with combined giveaways and a link-up we affectionately call, Ketchup With Us.
That's why, when we were asked to contribute biweekly to the parenting column in the Lifestyle section of the Manilla blog, we accepted. In fact, Manilla, a site that helps you to manage and organize your home accounts, was recently named one of PC Magazine's Top 100 Websites of 2012 as well as an ABC News' App of the Week.
Through this experience we have learned to work with each other in a whole new way. We've joked that we could be compared to curtain rods and curtains. Without the hardware of the curtain rod, where would the pretty curtains be hung? And without the curtains hung on the rod...well...the rods would be bare and lack pizazz and style. Besides, isn't that what a good partnership is all about? Making each other shine?
As of this week, Michele and I have written five articles together. You can find all of these using the links below. Feel free to share them with others and thanks for your support!
Doable New Year's Resolution Ideas for Kids
Teaching Your Children To Appreciate What They Have
And a big thanks to you, Michele. Coming up with titles for
our articles is always my favorite part!
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