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Life Lessons From My Kids' Everyday Existence

Life Lessons From My Kids' Everyday Existence

11.17.2014
As adults, we usually don't give ourselves permission to process and express our emotions. But we really need to -- not necessarily in...
How My Little Boy Has Slowed Me Down

How My Little Boy Has Slowed Me Down

11.14.2014
If you see me moving towards you at lightning speed, take a look a few yards behind me. That's where you find my boy. Just strolling along,...
Our Children Need More Than Our Anger

Our Children Need More Than Our Anger

11.13.2014
Yes, rage has a place. I now have mace on my key chain and attached to the stroller. I hope I don't have to use it. But the mace isn't...
Do What You Want Them to Do: Management Lessons from the Toddler Trenches

Do What You Want Them to Do: Management Lessons from the Toddler Trenches

11.13.2014
If you want your employees to be output-focused, be output-focused with them. If you want them to be kind but firm, be kind but firm. If...
Can You Really Love Your Second Child As Much As Your First?

Can You Really Love Your Second Child As Much As Your First?

11.13.2014
They placed him in my arms and he was tiny and perfect. And he looked up at me and gave me that look -- you know the one. He opened up...
35 Sweet Side Effects Of Parenting

35 Sweet Side Effects Of Parenting

11.13.2014
After hours and hours and hours of bedtime story reading, you become quite the orator and public speaker.
The Hard, Daily Switch from Work to Home

The Hard, Daily Switch from Work to Home

11.12.2014
I'd been living all day in neon office light, with grown-up office people. My head was still buzzing with the rhythms and problems of my...
Things We Won't Tell Your Mother

Things We Won't Tell Your Mother

11.12.2014
For the most part, we are a very happy family. But I realized then that my fear of doing some indelible future damage to my boys had put...
Free Pizza and Gelato for Toddlers in Rome

Free Pizza and Gelato for Toddlers in Rome

11.12.2014
I can guarantee you that not once in the seven years since I have had small children in Rome have I ever been charged for the kids' milk....
The 50 Steps of Mommy Morning Mayhem

The 50 Steps of Mommy Morning Mayhem

11.12.2014
Echoes of temper tantrums reverberate in your head. You sit down slowly (careful to protect yourself from stray LEGOs), look around, and...
Here Is What Happens When You Take 3-Year-Olds to the Polling Booth

Here Is What Happens When You Take 3-Year-Olds to the Polling Booth

11.10.2014
My son grabbed the card and ran away with it. I chased him across the room and managed to insert the card while trying to hold on to both...
When No News Is Good News

When No News Is Good News

11. 7.2014
To those who ask, it may seem we have no news to share when my daughter is still a toddler. When there is no swell of my belly, no notable...
Go From Fighting Over Toys to Sharing Toys -- In an Instant

Go From Fighting Over Toys to Sharing Toys -- In an Instant

11. 4.2014
Being direct doesn't always prevent tantrums. But it helps you teach the lesson you intended. For one thing, you avoid prying the toy from...
The Great Family Ash Fiasco

The Great Family Ash Fiasco

11. 4.2014
The big kids took their turns. Scooping the ash, gently scattering it through the grass and flowers and underneath the apple tree. And...