What's your family look like?

I love my son's drawings. He creates rocket ships with lots of windows so the astronauts can see into space, city buses that also act as street sweepers, and recently, he started drawing castles. ...more

If You Want to Be Happy, Don't Have Kids

If you want to be happy, you shouldn’t have kids. That’s a fact. Or at least, Time magazine and the sociologists who conducted this study so. Parents get less sleep, have less money, and less independence. Parents have more stress, more marital arguments, more expenses. And although those facts are indisputable, when I see them my feathers get all kinds of ruffled. I feel defensive. Angry. ...more
The response to the article and indeed some of the research on this is interesting because it ...more

10 Lessons in Happiness (For Your Kids)

I had an epiphany the other day. It was a terrifying moment of clarity that made my palms sweat and my heart race. Suddenly one of my long-term goals as a parent didn't seem so, well, long-term. One day, my kids are going to be adults. Crap. I have to raise real, functional adults? People who pay bills? People who interact with other human beings (and don’t suck at it)? People who are happy? How do you teach that? I admit. I panicked. And then I went to the internet. ...more
extrememom Thanks! I know some adults, too, who could use this advice...more

What makes a happy adult?

What makes a happy adult? The foundations of contentment and happiness are laid down when we are young. The best predictor of a happy adult comes from looking at our childhoods.  After investigating the factors in a person’s life that can best predict whether they will lead satisfied lives, a team headed by one of the UK’s foremost “happiness” experts, Professor Richard Layard, has come up with an answer that may prove controversial....more

Feminism Fridays: I am my own woman

Original image by Zack Roif ...more

Make December a Little More Joyous With NaBloPoMo

So what is the NaBloPoMo theme of the month? ...more

Three Keys to Happiness

 I’ve been thinking and reading quite a bit about the Secrets to Happiness. Some say there is no secret. WebMD has an interesting list  that includes a sense of purpose, a sense of self, and more. I agree that all of those are important, but worrying about being happy is a luxury that not everyone has. We who are lucky enough to have a source of income and shelter are far luckier than many around us....more

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Today I am strapped for time, so my post is going to be short and sweet.  However, I hope to hear from anyone who’d also like to share some of their favorite things in this world. 1.  Food.  I kind of have a love/hate relationship with food, but it’s just because I LOVE it so much.  Sometimes it doesn’t love me back, though....more

How many children lead to happiness?

People love to ask me if I'll have another child. (I try to look at that as a compliment to my awesome parenting skills and not as an invasion of privacy.) My answer is very diplomatic and a little enigmatic, in that we would love a second child if one came along, but we are not currently planning to have one....more
I'm the oldest of 6. I have 4 children of my own. Me (and my mom) have had periods of happiness ...more

Against All Odds

Good morning everyone. Today I am happy to share my first “Guest Blog” that I did few days back. It was for Amanda Middleton. I met Amanda through BloggyMoms.  She is a travel blogger for Walt Express and loves to blog about her travel and adventures at Walt Express.com.  Amanda also has a personal blog, where she shares stories about her family, love and faith....more