Scheduling some unstructured playtime

I have Mommy friends who have taken on a third job as chauffeurs. But they don't work for Uber. They work full-time jobs, take care of their families and then cart their children off to a variety of activities. They spend their evening hours away from their homes and behind the wheels of their cars. In the attempt to give our children lots of opportunities to learn instruments, play sports and learn conversational Mandarin, we have forgotten to give them time for unstructured play....more

Has our results driven culture abolished childhood

 Do kids play anymore? ...more

Feast or Famine

I’ve never understood why my calendar is such a mess.  Physically it’s a cute calendar, all hot pink and black (my favorite colors).  I’m talking about the schedule of things that fill my calendar.  It’s either feast or famine with my obligations and social events, with too much to do or nothing at all.  At least that’s the way it seems....more
Ugh, I hate being overbooked too!   Mostly though, your post made me laugh, and realize that I'm ...more

Uncle Lynn's Advice for Not Folding Under the Pressure of Your To-do List

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It is the most simplest piece of advice but how many of us don't follow it. I think it is a ...more

Why Does Using Daycare Give Me Guilt?

I am a mother. But I am also a woman, and a human. I have needs. And one of those needs is some quiet, alone time. So why does asking for it make me feel so guilty? I have no problem sending my children to day care while I am at work. I see this as a necessity. I happen to work a 4/10 shift, meaning I work ten hours a day, four days a week. I have Fridays off. We pay for daycare for the full week, but I rarely, if ever, send my children to daycare on Fridays. I feel it is my duty as a parent to never part from them....more
I work four days a week and after a couple of months started sending my toddler to daycare all ...more

To Spa or Not To Spa? Wait—How Is That A Question?

One of my girlfriends invited me to go away for a girls’ long weekend next spring. It would be a to a spa, approximately three hours away from our home town.  I was so excited to go, but my mom is making me feel guilty for leaving my 5-year-old-son. Should I go? ...more
@slappyintheface Can I come too! I will also bring a box of wine!more

Free Time for Karen

That is going to be my priorty in November.  If I can just give myself an hour a day, that should give me time to hone my writing skills.  Seriously, I don't even need an hour, so perhaps I can share that hour with my DSLR.  ...more
Double hugs back at you! @KarenLynnnmore

Making Time for What You Love To Do

I have a scrapbooking hobby. Sort of. When my I was pregnant with my son, I bought beautiful linen albums, deckle-edged paper, decorative scissors that would make any kind of paper edge, a set of alphabet stamps, an array of colored inks, a paper and photo cutter, archival glue, pens, and a linen-bound box for keepsakes. Every once in awhile after he was born, I would stand in front of the closet where all this bounty was stored and just think about the beautiful scrapbook I would make....more
Wonderful post! It is so important to do what we love and to take time for ourselves. Helps keep ...more

How I Make My Life Work (most of the time)

Right now I'm juggling a job in Manhattan at a very exciting firm, four kids, a wonderful husband, a 90 minute commute, a dog, cat and eleven chickens and some truly amazing friends. I love it. I get asked a lot how I make this work. I'm taking no credit for the fact that most of the time, it works. Really!...more

Getting to College 101 - Teenagers and Time Well Spent

By Kristin Thomas, College Consultant & Guest Contributor...more