Over the winter break, we lost our normal routine. Reliable and predictable schedules gave way to a treadmill of unstructured busyness. My family is made up of the sort of people who do better with a plan. While we had plenty of plans over the break, our time was all over th.... read more
I often hear from parents how difficult their mornings are. Getting the kids up, dressed, fed, brushed, (loved!), and out the door to school can really be challenging. It's especially tricky when you, too, are trying to pull yourself together, get ready for your day, whether y.... read more
A child's happiness is a funny thing to quantify or categorize, but it is certainly the end all and be all of what I do. I am a parent. And no matter how many errands I have to run, deadlines I need to meet, to do list that must be checked off, my goal at the end of the day is.... read more
"Mommy, are you happy?" asks my two-year old son on an almost daily basis. Right before I'm about to uncover something he wasn't supposed to do but mostly when I make that face -- the one where I clearly show how disappointed I am in the mess, the fights with his sister over t.... read more
While waiting in the car rider line at the school before kid pickup. While cooking dinner in the kitchen. While taking a shower. While hiding in the bathroom, pretending to do business, but taking five minutes. While commuting to work on a train. In bed, after the kids are asl.... read more
Welcome to a new decade, a new column for Savvy Source, and possibly a new way of approaching parenting. In this series of brief discussions, I'd like to invite you to join with me in an informal yet hopefully informative conversation about what it means to be a parent. We'll .... read more
Parenthood. There is no richer, no more rewarding, vocation, and yet, as any honest parent can attest, raising children can be filled with hours of tedium and exhaustion. For as lovable and amazing and life-affirming as kids can be, they can also be equally demanding and noisy.... read more
Inspired by Gretchen Rubin's new book The Happiness Project, we've undertaken our own happiness project here at the Savvy Source. This week and next, we'll be talking about how to be a happier parent, how to make the most of the life that we have. Getting us started is one o.... read more
Sophisticated, charming, worldly, free-spirited, mad-cap, clever and simply masterful are a few words to describe Ludwig Bemelmans and his oeuvre. We know him, of course, for his most marvelous Madeline series. But how many of us actually know a thing about Ludwig Bemelmans?.... read more
As a long time early childhood educator I think it must be an interesting time to be a child. We live in a period of great uncertainty and face a future that will almost certainly be unlike anything that has gone before or that any of us can imagine. The pace of social change .... read more
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