As our culture moves faster and faster in search for more and more sterile ways of being human, I wonder if it's time we step away from the need to post, retweet, or like someone else on the electronic platform. I wonder if it's time we reach out for experiences without?
Big, emotional battles over policies like the Common Core can dominate the conversation. They flare up, for a time, then burn out, replaced by the next big, emotional policy battle. We say, don't think so much about the headlines. Do your homework.
Questioning the relationship you have with your family's nanny and deciding whether to replace her can be a confusing part of parenthood for many. Two experts weigh in on knowing if and when it's time to let your family's nanny go and how to prepare your children for the change.
Childhood isn't easy. And it's a whole lot harder when parents are counting on their children to make them happy -- with a good grade, a positive attitude, a full social calendar, a home run at the game, a scholarship, great SAT scores and perfect attendance.
It seems to happen so quickly -- Mom feels taken advantage of and Dad feels like an outsider with no power; Mom becomes "the boss" and Dad spends less time at home; an outing with Dad becomes a treat instead of the norm. But with a little bit of intention the trap can be avoided.
This week's news about changes to the SAT format that will take place in 2016 reminded me of my own SAT experience just a few years ago. The Critical Reading and Sentence Completion sections were up first, and I was surprised that I actually did okay. Then came the math section.
I feel confident that given the chance, Sam will make it through many of life's songs, no matter how many do-overs and false starts he has to endure along the way. I wish that same confidence for my other three children. I wish it for all of us.
I think mediocrity is underestimated. I spend a lot of time with mediocrity, and I find its company charming and comforting. In fact, at the age of 53, I might just be the Hester Prynne of average moments, roaming around with a big 'M' on my chest.
LGBT parents aren't necessarily "better," but the fact that so many of their children seem to be resilient enough to deal with whatever life throws at them is a testament to both the individuals and their relationships.
I feel grateful that we chose to drop out of our vast network and drop in to the true connection with each other. And even though it was temporary and imperfect, it was beautiful and it was ours. In every sense of the word, we went away, and I can't wait to do it again.