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On Becoming an Imperfectionist

Kristin Armstrong | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Kristin Armstrong

I'm learning a lot in my pursuit of imperfection. French fries are a delicious addition to a meal. Red wine is a perfectly acceptable as a late night study companion. Plenty of reading can get done in carpool lines. Deadlines are more easily met when you have more deadlines.

What My Daughter's Deadly Allergies Have Taught Me About Parenting

Lorraine Allen | Posted 01.14.2015 | Parents
Lorraine Allen

It is unnatural for a childhood to be robbed of its freedom by worry and disease. But only strict vigilance and avoidance of allergens can protect a child like mine, and with this come many restrictions.

Accepting Your 'Good Enough' Kid

Seleni Institute | Posted 09.01.2014 | Parents
Seleni Institute

The good enough mother is not perfect. And in her humanity, she demonstrates to her children how to learn from mistakes, apologize and forgive, be disappointed and have faith that tomorrow will be better. I think the concept of "good enough" should apply to another person: your child.

Secrets and Lies

Mark Matousek | Posted 07.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Matousek

Social behavior is always selective; being private isn't deception. We believe, naively, as tell-it-all Americans, that secrets are indicators of inner corruption ("You're only as sick as your secrets!"), things to be avoided, wrong. But this is ridiculous. Nobody is an open book.

What's Your Story? Making Use of Your Past

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 05.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

There is no such thing as a story without a listener. This uniquely human act of telling our story both creates us and connects us. The character we narrate gives birth to the character we are in the context of a relationship.

Mindfulness for Fathers: Giving Your Child Secret Space

Matthew Remski | Posted 01.27.2014 | Parents
Matthew Remski

Our son Jacob is thirteen months. From dawn till dusk he treads the threshold between the togetherness we share with him and the secret space he is beginning to find in himself. At this age -- all ages pass so quickly! -- the contrast between the two is most visible in his relationship to books.

'Good Enough'

Sheila Quirke | Posted 07.18.2012 | Parents
Sheila Quirke

Embrace the concept of "Good Enough." Breathe it in, breathe it out. Let it wrap around you and soothe your tired, worried, guilty soul. Everything is going to be okay.