Over time, you find that the love isn't split into three, it's multiplied by three, and that sharing isn't sharing anymore; it's a way of life that is so natural, beautiful and fulfilling that you can't imagine any other way.
I really don't remember doing any chores as a kid... ever. And while I think there is some value in letting kids be kids, I also think doing chores as a child makes adjusting to doing them as an adult much easier.
The point here is that as parents, we have to pick and choose what we value -- and what we think our children need most. These value-based decisions offer us opportunities to discuss what is important to us as grown-ups.
When you hang the lights, turn up the festive music to drown out the swears.
I've never been a sister or had a sister. I've just gone along assuming sister experts were right; that our two little girls would walk hand in had across clouds, their pet unicorns nibbling at magic dust they held in cupped hands.
There is nothing like a holiday to bring people together. And once you're together, you have to converse. There is a whole list of typical questions...
Parents worldwide struggle with how much screen time to allow children. To hit this ever-moving target, I have found questions to ponder more helpful than rules to follow. Here is a list of ones I hope will be useful for your family to discuss together.
I see you, Facebook friends, I see all of you. And I admire you! You are seriously amazing and I can tell it's fun for you and I can practically HEAR your kids giggling every morning. I got nothin' BUT love for you. But I'm not joining you. And that's OK.
Your kids don't need another friend. They need a loving, respectful and respectable role model who will help them become a happy, productive adult! For those of you who need a reminder, here are five ways to know the difference between a BFF and your kids...
We've found the best way to do this is to place your kids into a local school immediately upon arrival, something we like to call world schooling. Here are some of the things we've learned about our version of world schooling.
We can't always play outside in nature. But we can take a second look at the space we create for our children inside.
I often tell people that Jane is the most beautiful to me when she is standing in expansive spaces (like a field or a forest) gazing around. There is something ethereal about that.
One of the greatest challenges facing families today regarding school choice is when they realize that their school is not the right fit for their child, especially if they have been there many years!
What we seem to be forgetting is that without struggle, there can be no progress. Without embarrassment, there can be no empathy. Without failure, there can be no success.
Mantras have the power to disconnect you from the disarray and the chaos and tap you into the beauty and the possibility of the here and now, before judgement and before thinking.
Hey, we tried. But try as we might to get the kids pumped about Chanukah the way they were about Christmas was just a joke.