Being away from parents is a good thing. It gives kids room to grow and explore in new ways. We will still be the most influential people in our children's lives, but they don't have to be -- and shouldn't be -- our mirror image.
In a class whose whole premise involves feminism and culture, if your sensibilities are offended by the notion of a mother feeding her baby, then it seems you're not quite ready for college, let alone this seminar.
Last week, I sat down with my 11-year-old son to deliver that time-honored rite of passage -- for parents as well as kids -- our first "Birds and the Bees" talk. I was prepared for every possible question, except the one he asked.
We are hard-wired to protect and love this baby we made. It's our job. My husband explained how protective he feels when the baby falls asleep in his arms. I explained things a little differently. I feel protective in a more violent way. A more animalistic way. A more primal way.
Like its bestselling predecessor, Happier At Home is stuffed with wonderful questions about, and insights on, the intersection of happiness and home. I am thrilled that I had the opportunity to conduct this interview with Gretchen and learn 10 little-known facts about her.
Last night, I packed her Hello Kitty lunchbox carefully -- cucumbers, cherries, yogurt, and a peanut butter sandwich, cut into bite-sized hearts and flowers, hoping the hearts would remind her that she is loved. Somehow, it didn't seem enough.
Pronatalist beliefs also condone the right for anyone to have children whenever they want to have them, which leads many people to have children before they are emotionally, psychologically or financially ready.
A parent's biggest challenge -- and privilege -- is to watch these moments and try to make the most of them before they slip away. But those moments are just as important at 5, 10 and 15 as they are at five months, and it's not just Moms who bear this responsibility.