Life is changing, always. Never is this truer than during the month of September. For kids, it's back-to-school time, with all of the adjustments that brings. It's exciting and scary, all at the same time.But what about for parents? Especially parents who have been all-out,.... read more
We all know how demanding parenting can be. We get so busy making it through our day-to-day routines that it can often be difficult to step back and think through some of the larger questions about how we hope to bring up our children.Today, we are taking a moment t.... read more
My three-year-old hates being told "No" and "Don't," and she's also one of those kids who immediately does exactly what you ask her not to do, so I've had to develop some strategies to get the "No" message across without unleashing the very behavior I want to stop. I realize.... read more
I've spent the past four years studying the state of motherhood in America, and I've interviewed far too many moms who use the word "stressed" to describe their parenting style. Stressed? As a parenting approach? Ladies, I feel your pain. I know what it is like to try to c.... read more
Gretchen Rubin is one of our very favorite experts on living life and making the most of what we have-in other words, on being the kind of parents that we really want to be. So we started thinking: how can we apply her Tips for Being Happier specifically to life with small .... read more
Do you ever find yourself shocked to hear your child say something that is just what you would say? Or equally strange, just what your spouse would say? We know that kids learn by imitation, but it is still no less disconcerting to hear our own words and attitudes comings stra.... read more
September can be a rocky time for families. No matter how well we try to prepare for the school year, re-entry is always tricky. There are all of those beginning-of-the-year meetings and get-togethers, and everyone is adjusting to new environments, schedules and routines.... read more
A lot of dreams go into parenting. There are dreams about our kids and what they may become, of course. But there are also dreams about ourselves as parents. Whatever the reality of the day to day, most of us harbor a vision of ideal parenting to which we aspire. Beyo.... read more
This week we're been writing about the chances summer affords to slow down and savor the places and people we love best. Returning year after year to the same summer traditions is a treasured way of life for many families. So is taking the time to enjoy one's own backyard.But .... read more
One of my favorite movies in 2001 was Amelie, a French comedy and romance set in Paris. Amelie is a quirky, imaginative, and utterly charming character who tries to correct life's injustices for people in her community. Her adventures begin when she discovers a box of hidden t.... read more
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