7 Happiness Hacks backed by research
What’s the rush? How missing out could make life better.
When we move so quickly and expect our children to meet our fast pace, the result is that we lose patience, compassion, and connection.
Family Meetings: A Blueprint for Raising Cooperative, Kind, and Capable Kids
Family Meetings: a weekly touchpoint that will serve children for life.
Parenting Advice for 2021: Do Less, and Do it Less Well
If you have 2021 resolutions, that’s wonderful! Write them down and then, cut it in half. And then permit yourself to take “turtle steps.”
Lighten Your Load with the 4 D’s
Imagine that you’re standing in front of a beautiful buffet. It all looks so appealing and delicious. You keep adding different foods onto your plate and as you walk away you see something else that looks delicious so you add that, too. You think it will be wonderful and at first it is. But if you eat everything on your … Read More
Mind the Gap: Why it’s so hard to keep resolutions and how to up your odds
“I know I shouldn’t yell so much, but I just can’t seem to stop!” “I know I shouldn’t eat this entire pint of ice cream, but here I go anyway . . .” “I know I should stop reading Facebook, but the other things I have to do are far less interesting!” Does any of this sound familiar? Even when … Read More
It’s OK to Say No
I’ve written about this word before. It was in the context of parenting, however, and this time I’d like to share the empowering side of “no” in the context of life in general. It’s funny that I feel inspired to write about “no” when I’ve just begun an improvisational comedy class where the motto is “Yes, and . . . … Read More
In parenting, I do better when I feel better. How about you?
When my 3rd baby was born, something happened to my 2nd-born. She transformed from a sweet, cheerful, optimistic and easy-going child into a needy, super-sensitive, irritating being. She was bugging the crap out of me. I didn’t like the way I was feeling, and I definitely did not like the parent I was being. So I enrolled in my first parenting … Read More
Going back-to-school in chunks
About a week ago, I found myself feeling unsettled and anxious about the coming of a new school year. My son will start high school this month which presents all sorts of new emotional and logistical issues, I lost my carpool partner for my two younger daughters, and I had a lot of questions about what the extracurricular schedule would look like. … Read More
5 Tips for Work / Life Balance (whether you work for pay or not)
“Balance” means something different to everyone. But we all know how it feels. And have you noticed that when you feel it, parenting (and everything) is so much easier? To me, “balance” does not mean having equal amounts of things. Rather, it means having as much of something as you need, in order to feel a sense of peace, fulfillment, and general … Read More