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An Adventurer's Guide To Back To School

Anne Armstrong | Posted 09.07.2016 | Home
Anne Armstrong

My son and I read "The Kissing Hand" as we curled up together... our last night before he became a kindergarten student. I watched him drift off to sleep, knowing in the morning things would be different.

We Love These 10 Tips For Grandparents Taking Grandkids On Vacation

Posted 04.19.2016 | Home

Maybe you've agreed to watch them during a coming school break, or maybe you're simply in the mood for extra-special quality time together. Either way, you find yourself thinking about taking a vacation with your grandkids -- without their parents (you know, your own kids?) -- and suddenly your next thought is, Can I handle that?

The Reason We Use Technology Is the Reason to Turn It Off

Gabriella van Rij | Posted 02.01.2017 | Home
Gabriella van Rij

It made me realize that at the end of the day, with all of our smartphone use and our TV viewing and our tablet browsing -- we're all after the same thing. That thing is one of the only reasons we use technology at all.

It's About Time

Wendy Lustbader | Posted 11.09.2016 | Home
Wendy Lustbader

We go in and out of noticing that time is running out, that the ultimate deadline is approaching. The best resistance to rushing is to remember we must die, memento mori, that we are fortunate to still have time to walk around in the beauty of the world. We may as well accept this reckoning and pay attention.

What Do You Do With Small Pockets of Time?

Tajci Cameron | Posted 08.02.2016 | Home
Tajci Cameron

I met Anne Armstrong through an online business course we both took, and her My Gnome on the Roam project really spoke to me. At the time, I was looking for ways to better balance my new career path with my kids' growing needs to connect and have my attention, so that I wouldn't feel that exhausting "guilty" feeling of missing out and not doing "enough."

10 Ways To Stay Happily Married In A World Of Naysayers

Winifred M. Reilly | Posted 05.13.2016 | Home
Winifred M. Reilly

Some of the worst marriages I've seen have gotten as bad as they are because neither partner is willing to risk: to apologize, to reach out, to be vulnerable, to name what needs to be addressed. Remember, you have to step out of your comfort zone if you want your marriage to grow.

Why Ditching Family Dinner Can Make You a Better Parent

Anne Armstrong | Posted 05.03.2015 | Home
Anne Armstrong

As you map out your schedule, consider squeezing a couple of 15 minute adventures. You'll not only be building happier, more resilient kids, you'll be smashing that 38.5 minute statistic as you build more joy, creativity an adventure into your life and the life of your child.

The Reality Of Family Time

M. Blazoned | Posted 02.04.2015 | Home
M. Blazoned

All I want is peace and for the game to end before I'm old enough to sprout hairs out of the moles on my face. As I pack up the evil pieces, eye still twitching, I somehow keep it together and say, "That was fun," and wonder if anyone believes me.

Connecting In The Kitchen

Alena Hall | Posted 08.15.2014 | Home
Alena Hall

My father nicknamed me "20 Questions" by the time I was 5 years old. Often times I would blurt out my next question as my parents were still rattling off the answer to the previous one, antsy to address the next puzzle piece in my mind.

6 Ways to Ignite a Spark in Your Marriage

Mia Redrick | Posted 07.20.2014 | Home
Mia Redrick

The point is that keeping things exciting in your marriage means you have to commit to building a culture of commitment, connection and closeness. Dating your partner will give you both the opportunity to rebuild and rekindle that loving feeling.

A Beautiful Thing Happened When I Put Down My Phone

Susannah Lewis | Posted 03.26.2014 | Home
Susannah Lewis

She needed my attention more than any email, text or Facebook notification. And I needed her more than any of those things, too.

The Difference: Time Off vs. Work-Life Balance

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 02.22.2014 | Home
Dike Drummond, M.D.

These three steps are essential to transforming simple time off, holidays and vacations into meaningful life balance for doctors and other busy people.

How Do You Eat an Oreo? Being You-nique in the Workplace

Jim Finkelstein | Posted 12.02.2013 | Home
Jim Finkelstein

For a select few, our natural tendency is to take charge and lead the horde. But the majority of our natural tendencies as humans is to flock like sheep instead of being, oh, shall I say, individuals.

5 Father's Day Bonding Destinations

Dana Holmes | Posted 07.30.2013 | Home
Dana Holmes

Half of the fun of these adventures is when things go wrong, so be prepared to laugh off the rain, bugs, spilled drinks and bad sound engineering. No matter what happens, you'll be talking about it for years.

The Best Mother's Day Gifts Are Free

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD | Posted 07.10.2013 | Home
Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD

When they were younger, my children used to create gifts. I still have them scattered about my home office. My favorite part of the creative process back then was hearing them say, "Mom, be surprised when I give you the _____."

31 Things Parents And Kids Can Do Without A Screen

Bob Staake | Posted 06.17.2013 | Home
Bob Staake

23: Look at the night sky with your family and when you see a shooting star yell "Ooooo, an animated GIF!!!"

Forced Family Day

Christina Arata | Posted 01.14.2013 | Home
Christina Arata

I dread the day when my daughter is too cool to give me kisses and my son would rather play basketball with his friends than hang out with his mom. But even when they complain, I'll be forcing the tradition of family days.

Spending the Kids' Inheritance and Not Feeling Guilty

Karin Kasdin | Posted 01.30.2013 | Home
Karin Kasdin

To My Darling Children, I hope you don't mind, but your father and I are spending your inheritance. Actually, it doesn't matter if you do mind because we are spending it anyway and we don't need your permission to do so.

The Gift of Presence: An Uncommon Practice in a Busy World

Akoshia Yoba | Posted 02.20.2012 | Home
Akoshia Yoba

My greatest gift to my children this holiday season will be to practice being fully present when I am with them. I will wrap myself in a bow and regularly give them my undivided attention.

The Web Is a Room With a View

Pamela Poole | Posted 12.31.2011 | Home
Pamela Poole

When you choose to wear the red flannel shirt instead of the blue sweater, you're expressing yourself. Your mood. Your personality. Your values even. ...

The Forgotten Variable In The Work-Life Balance Equation: You

Russell Bishop | Posted 03.13.2012 | Home
Russell Bishop

The less obvious face to the work-life balance question is that exploding workloads may serve as convenient excuses for the erosion of quality time that may not have been there in the first place.

Do You Know Your 'Love Language'?

Anne Naylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Anne Naylor

This time of the year is one in which we are being showered with spiritual Light. This Light comes as a blessing: to let us see more clearly where we might have something to learn.

An Ode to Summertime

Vivian Norris | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Vivian Norris

When is the last time you really noticed the breeze on your skin, or looked at your child's face and noticed that he or she is changing, growing up...this won't last forever, so enjoy it now!