"Why Iceland?" My friends ask me when I tell them I just returned from an awesome trip. I'm happy to report it was our best trip yet! We had the time of our lives and I've got pictures to prove it. Here's what you can do if you're planning a trip to Iceland with a toddler:
It's time for broad bipartisan support for critically important investments in young children. And we must get this right for children: not for test makers, not for adult interests, but for children -- especially the poorest children.
Toddlerhood is a challenging stage. My daughter has the newfound ability to express her wants, needs and excessively irrational, endless, countless, infinite demands with words, yet lacks the decency to keep it to herself.
For those who haven't had the pleasure of doing it, taking an energetic 2-year-old on an airplane feels kind of like transporting a sack of live bees. He's constantly moving, other passengers don't want to sit too close to you and every once in awhile, you get stung.
Parents are realizing that just keeping their children safe in a crash isn't the end-all, be-all of car seats. We also need to think about the long-term implications of exposing our kids to the toxic chemicals the seats can be made with.
"I don't want to be a woman." I saw her face that evening and I think she was afraid. I think she imagined what it would feel like for someone else to be in charge of her body and she didn't like it -- it struck her as wrong. So her solution was to not become a woman.
I've been through The Child Naming Process. When you get to this point in your life, my future-parent friends, you have just wandered into one hell of a minefield. To spare you from the disaster that awaits, I'm going to share 8 Rules for Naming Your Future Child. Ignore them at your peril.
When you are charged with waiting, you know that your life will take on an unbearable quality. Everything around you becomes a more intense version of itself. The sky is bluer, the flowers more brilliant. You want to capture everything and commit it to eternity. Just in case.