Many of my resolutions are meant to push me to wander, play, experiment, and appreciate. For example, the resolution to take time for projects reminds me to undertake big family projects, like making homemade books or putting up holiday decorations. Keep a new family tradition.... 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
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
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
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
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
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