Dads, make your kids watch this one. I hope all the mothers are showered with the love and appreciation they deserve this weekend. Happy Mothers Day!
While not all of summer is destined to feel like a day at the beach, setting routines and expectations for the season can make it more manageable and enjoyable for the whole family. I am a creature of routine. I like my daily habits. Which makes the summer rather problematic for me; three of our four […]
As a sociologist who’s done much research on elite performance and productivity, I’ve given a lot of thought to the skills that lead to success in the modern economy. What I’ve found applies not only to adults, but to kids, including teens graduating from high school this spring. Parents, too, take note: As many graduates […]
Here’s an icky confession: Since becoming a mother, I have dreaded Mother’s Day. The whole holiday has, somehow, left me feeling unappreciated. I’ve tended to get in a funk, and not out of grief or some sort of well-defined pain — I can only imagine how hard Mother’s Day must be for someone who has lost […]
“Are your kids totally happy and squared away?” a reporter recently asked me earnestly during an interview. Gah. I really hate that question. My kids are awesome. Easy to raise. Fun to be around. But they aren’t perfect, and, ironically, I worry that they will be as anxious as I was for the first 40 […]
I am writing this from the front lines: My 16-year-old stepdaughter’s messy bed. It’s a little after 9:00 o’clock. I’m surrounded by various evidence of teenage life: her guitar, a red bandana, a cardboard box and the pile of clothes that used to be in it (ordered online from a thrift store), her phone, the dog’s […]
My daughter, Fiona, came back from her first year away from school last week.* Picking her up I felt such a sadness looking at her emptied dorm room — I can’t believe how fast the year went. And this week, my sweet step-daughter Macie turns sixteen. Where did the little kids in the above picture […]