Every day we are all faced with multiple choices. These choices may be small, but they do have the potential to have a large impact upon our lives. Some choices may not be that important, while others are monumental. I thought once I had made the choice to be a stay-at-home mother, the decision […]
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Watching With My Whole Eyes
I was in the middle of the frantic morning rush this morning, trying to actually respond to some emails and plan out my day when my 4-year-old, Charlie came in and demanded his ukulele. I was listening to some music and he wanted to put on a little rock concert. He kept asking me to […]
What Lessons Would I Learn Tonight?
Photo by Jennie Rowen Submitted by Jennie Rowen: Last night I had a plan. It entailed getting the kids to bed early so that I could watch a movie and then go to bed too. So, at about 7:45 I started directing the kids to their rooms so I could read with them and send […]
The Economics of Motherhood
Children are expensive. Projected lifetime costs for raising a child range from $180,000 to $290,000 to well north of $1,000,000, depending on the neighborhood, possessions, and education one selects. Raising children exacts other costs. One study reported that 93% of “highly qualified” women who wanted to return to work after raising children were unable to […]
Book Summary: I Was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids
This book does a beautiful (and hilarious) job spelling out the incredibly high expectations we set for ourselves, and then it provides a “shot in the arm” to cure us all from this problem. With chapter titles such as “I Love Being a Mom, I Just Hate Doing It,” and “Am I a Bad Mom if…
Big Things Are Made of Little Things
As I studied third world development and international relations in my undergraduate studies at Wellesley College and went on to study what education is and what more it could be with my Masters at Harvard, I figured out a whole lot of seemingly brilliant solutions to many vital issues. I felt I was headed for […]
Acting or Being Acted Upon
While living in Boston back in 2003, I had the opportunity to attend a lecture by a very successful Harvard professor. To this day, I still reflect on a simple statement he made: “I have found that the times in my life when I am most successful are when I am acting, not being […]
Decide When Enough is Enough
Each year as the school year winds down I make the same goal: to let my kids be kids for the summer. Let them imagine and have down time. I have big plans to hang out, just the six of us, and go to the library and have our own kind of field trips. Each […]
Flipping through the newspaper a few months back, I found some really thought-provoking stuff on motherhood in a syndicated Reuter’s column by Sue Pleming called “Perspective: A Move to Put Motherhood in its Proper, Postive Place.” I was so interested in the article that I took it to my book group to share it […]
Just a Mom?
Last summer I went to a high school reunion. Everyone was comparing accomplishments and talking about their fancy occupations as they held their glass of wine and felt very successful and grown-up. When I confidently expressed to my long lost comrades that I was a full-time mother of two, they tried to sound excited for […]
Mommy’s Quiet Time 101
Would you like to have at least an hour of quiet time every single day? (Even if your children have stopped napping?) This post is FULL of ideas to get you started.
Will They Get It?
I often wondered, are the values we’re teaching, like service, really sticking?
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