How Can Kids View Work As Fun?

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ~ Annie Dillard My parents have a running joke with me and my siblings in which they say, “When was it that we taught you that work was supposed to be ‘fun’? If it were fun, people wouldn’t pay you to do…

How to Motivate Kids

A friend of mine once expressed one of the greatest frustrations of parenting in one concise sentence, “I feel like every day is a mixture of threats, bribes, and pleads.” In other words, one of the most monumentally difficult and Sisyphean parenting tasks is figuring out how to get your kids to DO STUFF. As…

Teaching Kids to Be Inspired

Time recently published the article “How to Raise Optimistic Kids in Pessimistic Times” which of course I couldn’t resist reading. According the article’s writer KJ Dell’Antonia (who also penned the book How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life, and Loving (Almost) Every Minute), helpful strategies for instilling optimism in kids include…

Encouraging Courage

There’s one thing I never thought would fill me with dread: Attending Children’s Birthday Parties. It’s not because of the usual reasons – the sugar high children rebounding off the walls (especially at bounce house and trampoline parties), the messes, the general chaos. Instead, it’s because my daughter becomes so incredibly miserable when she attends…

Better Family Travel

Whenever I talk with other parent acquaintances, there’s one subject matter that always makes me feel a little sheepish: travel with kids. The reason I feel so chagrined is that we have never ventured more than 90 minutes away from our home to vacation with our children…who are now preschool and elementary school-aged. I could…