Isa Down Title: Freelance writer Location: Rocky Mountains Isa Down is a writer and artist. She began writing essays on motherhood after becoming a single parent and realizing the importance of having a village to help raise children. She is also the author of The Wilder Alphabet Book of Animals and Inking Florals: Learn to Create Modern Dynamic Florals in Ink and Watercolor. About Parents Parents, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for trustworthy, empathetic, and supportive information and inspiration for your families. We reach 9 million readers a month. Our content is written by experienced journalists, fact checked, and reviewed by our Expert Review Board for accuracy. Learn more about us and our editorial guidelines.