My heart leapt with joy when I read this TODAY.com interview with Debbie Phelps, mother of America’s Favorite Swimmer, Michael Phelps. In it, she talked about the importance of backing off as a parent, even when your kid shows Olympic talent. “Children have to do what they enjoy,” Debbie told TODAY.com. “You have to let MORE »
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Time to get reacquainted with the best entertainment value around: the playground at your neighborhood park. If you’ve got toddlers, you probably need no reintroduction. But if you’re the parent of a school-aged child, you may have forgotten the beauty of a few open-ended hours spent at the park. In concert with Coca-Cola’s America Is MORE »
Allow me to introduce you to my favorite park: US Grant Park in Portland, Oregon. When my kids were younger, our beautiful neighborhood park was the default destination for effortless fun. Long before running and climbing got confined to “recess,” there were the afternoons spent flying in the swings, spinning on the merry-go-round till woozy, MORE »
It’s summer, and the livin’ may be easy, but that doesn’t mean it has to be lazy. Not that I have a problem with lazy. I love days with no agenda or goal in mind. But an entire summer? Uh-uh. To me, that’s a lost opportunity, especially for kids who are old enough to spend MORE »
During a particularly challenging period in my parenting life, friends and family members pulled me aside and gently told me: you need to take care of yourself. It drove me nuts. I appreciated their concern, but from where I stood (at the bottom of a well), taking care of myself seemed like a frivolous luxury. MORE »
In honor of the upcoming summer movie season, I’d like to share the best life lessons my kids have gotten from the movies. Hey, you take them where you can get them, right?
My niece is about to graduate from high school, as are the oldest children of my two neighborhood friends. Each is headed to college, poised on the brink of semi-adulthood. Each is pointed toward his or her particular launch pad. Ready or not, there they go. I’m freaking out a little. And they’re not even MORE »
I didn’t expect to have an unmedicated labor. I was petrified of the pain of childbirth and figured I’d get my epidural soon after showing up at the hospital. But something strange happened: the sensations I was feeling when I went into labor didn’t seem to warrant anesthesia. It was more painful than anything I had experienced, MORE »
The word “dream” sort of rides up a little in back, you know? For such a meaningful, pleasant word, it often smacks of sentimentality and lack of direction. Dreaminess is nice and all, but it doesn’t inspire respect. Dreamers are fun to hang with, but they tend not to get much done. (This from a MORE »
I recently quipped on Twitter that I’m simplifying the decluttering process by answering the following question: Would I take this to our retirement studio in SoHo? We don’t have a retirement studio in SoHo. Retirement isn’t even on the horizon (our youngest is in 3rd grade). But we do have fantasies about a really empty MORE »