Happiness was the last thing on my mind in October 2009. In fact, it was a foreign concept to me back then. And yet, I never thought that taking a break from my family could lead to me back to my happy place. But a one-bedroom cottage on the coast of North Carolina helped me.... read more
All children know how much to eat: the large child and the small child, the big eater and the small eater. All grow in the often surprising way nature intended. Your child will get hungry, eat, get filled up, and stop eating (even in the middle of a bowl of ice cream). Whether.... read more
Kids, by nature, are happy little beings. They seem to find pleasure in the smallest things -- an empty box, for example, can provide more excitement than the actual toy. A cookie cut in a fun shape is so much yummier than a plain old treat. And a blanket featuring a favorite .... read more
Happiness, they say, is the plaything of children. That may be true, whatever it means, but what is it, then, that makes children happy? You know, so it can be their plaything. Surely their parents, their toys, food and a special blankie or stuffed animal are part of what make.... read more
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
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