What Kids Can Learn From “Designing Your Life”

I started reading Designing Your Life after hearing about one of the author’s (Bill Burnett) TED Talks. The book, by Stanford professors Burnett and Dave Evans, is a written version of an extremely popular class they teach at Stanford (also called Designing Your Life). It teaches people to apply design principles like prototyping (trying things…

A Closer Look At Screen Time

A few years ago the American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) came out with new screen time guidelines. These made me feel like a complete failure as a parent. But happily, I also recently read Into the Minds of Babes: How Screen Time Affects Children From Birth to Age Five by Lisa Guernsey, a science, education,…

Children’s Books with Grown-up Lessons

I love reading books with my kids, but I have to admit, sometimes the messages of children’s books can become a little dull for parents after about the 900th time reading them. That’s why it’s so refreshing to come across those rare books that have inspiring messages for both kids and parents…and which are beautifully…

Conquering Clutter Together

Recently I’ve been watching Marie Kondo’s Netflix reality show, Tidying Up. While this began as a way for me to enjoy the calming effect of converting chaos to order, it’s also made me realize the myriad benefits organization brings to a family. I love Kondo’s emphasis on paying attention to what items “spark joy” as…

Teaching Kids Not To Mind What Others Think

My daughter gets worked up about not following the rules. Once, I finally asked her why it bothers her so much to not do things exactly according to a specified plan, and she told me that when she breaks the rules, she feels embarrassed. I thought to myself (in my most annoyed inner voice) “Why…