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"I work as a journalist and publisher at home, but apparently my son doesn't have much appreciation for all that I do in a day. When he left for the first day of school (first grade), as he walked down the sidewalk he waved and yelled back at me, 'Bye, Mom...have a nice nap!'"

Grace Housholder, Kendallville, IN

 
Grace's Profile Features:
EP Snapshot
 
EP: Grace Witwer Housholder
Mother to 4 children, ages 10-18
 
Partner:Terry Housholder, managing editor of The News-Sun
 
Contact Info:
Grace Witwer Housholder
The Funny Kids Project
816 Mott St.
Kendallville, IN 46755
Phone: (219) 347-0738
Email:
URL: http://www.funnykids.com
 
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EP Title(s):
  • Journalist
  • Founder of the Funny Kids Project
Previous Career:
Following a summer as a Pulliam Fellow at the Indianapolis Star, I was editor of a weekly newspaper in northeastern Indiana. Since the birth of my first child, nearly 19 years ago, I have worked part-time as a reporter/columnist/editorial writer for The News-Sun, Kendallville, IN. My husband is managing editor.
 
Degree:
I majored in journalism and French at Indiana University, Bloomington. I spent my junior year in Strasbourg.
 
Work Hours/Week:
It varies, 15-35.
 
Years : nearly 19 years
 
Profile Date: 6/98
Home Career Highlights
Home Biz: The News-Sun and Funny Kids Project -- The News-Sun is a 6-day a week newspaper in Nebraska, Indiana with a circulation of about 8,000. The Funny Kids Project collects the funny things kids say for the award-winning newspaper column and the "Funny Things Kids Say" books. The project also works to spread the word about the miracle of organ/tissue donation because the illustrator has had corneal transplants in both eyes. Without them she would be blind.
 
Mission: My goal is to brighten people's lives and to encourage them to savor and save the funny, heart-warming and eye-opening things their kids say.
 
Mission Accomplished:The Midwest Book Review said my books contain the best funny kid stories since Art Linkletter, and a radio personality called me the next Erma Bombeck. I admire both of those individuals greatly, and I was thrilled to be compared to them.
 
Top Products/Services:
  • "The Funny Things Kids Say Will Brighten Any Day" (Volumes 1-3)
  • framed and signed prints from the books
  • free traveling library display of the illustrations from the books
  • a weekly humor column
  • an Internet site at http://www.funnykids.com
 
Primary Market: people, ages 8 to 88, who enjoy humor
 
Recent Clients: My clients are the people who buy my books, either from me personally or through bookstores or wholesalers. I have sold more than 3,000 books, mostly in NE, Indiana.
 
Home Career Defining Moment: I have received several state journalism awards, including two first place awards in the very competitive AP contest. I love journalism, but I also love producing my "Funny Things Kids Say" books because I think they have an important message for families across the country.
 
Home Career Goal: I love what I'm doing -- I just need more time and energy so I can follow through on my ideas AND attend kids sporting events AND keep the homefront running smoothly and the family fed!
 
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EP Discount

Mention the EP Profiles and you'll receive autographed copies of Volumes 1-3 of "The Funny Things Kids Say Will Brighten Any Day" for only $30 ($15 savings!). Each 160-page book has 20 full-color watercolors and blank pages at the end for writing in your own favorite stories and creating a keepsake volume. This is a very good value, because the regular price is $15 per book. Just send a message to Grace at with the subject heading "EP Profiles" and your preferred contact info, and I'll be in touch soon!
 
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A Voice of Experience

EP Motivating Force:
I enjoy being with my children.
 
EP Musings:
See my essay in the experts section.
 
EP Advice:
You can't do it alone. You need assistance with childcare, because children don't take care of themselves. Also, keep your sense of humor and remember that, in general, happy mothers have happy children!
 
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More & Misc.

 
Favorite Pastime: I love to read and travel.
 
Favorite Business Link: http://www.kpcnews.net
 
Favorite Parenting Link: http://www.mommytimes.com
 
Keywords: children, organ donation, humor, family, kids, parenting, funny, inspirational, Art Linkletter, books
 
Favorite Quote:
 
"When God shuts one door, He opens another."
 

I have no idea who said that, but it has been true in my life.

 
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