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When News Is Nightmarish: Parenting Sensitive Souls

When News Is Nightmarish: Parenting Sensitive Souls

Let’s face it: The news is scary.

It’s always been scary, but it has certainly upped the ante recently.

And this week? Downright painful.

When I was in 6th grade, I remember reading about Darwin and the theory of natural selection. I was wholly fascinated by it all. I fantasized about traveling to the Galapagos one day. I wanted to swim with the sea turtles and make important discoveries.

And then the Gulf War hit. Read More

Mother’s Day Fantasies: Mommin’ Ain’t Easy

Mother’s Day Fantasies: Mommin’ Ain’t Easy

My first baby was only five weeks old on my first Mother’s Day.

Like many mothers, I had Mother’s Day fantasies. You know the ones:

Sleeping in
Breakfast in bed
A leisurely, hot shower
Heartfelt card and flowers
A hot meal at a restaurant
Go ahead, you can laugh. I’m laughing over here, too. We can be so naive the first time around, can’t we? Let’s just say that my first Mother’s Day was a stark contrast to the fantasies I coveted. Read More

When Your Kid Creates Fantasy Worlds, Pay Attention

When Your Kid Creates Fantasy Worlds, Pay Attention

Specifically, it appears that children who create elaborate pretend worlds tend to grow up to contribute significantly to the world in unusually creative ways. Whether these contributions are ground-breaking literary masterpieces, or innovative technological advances, or pioneering reorganizations of traditional social conventions, research indicates that creative success can be predicted by this innocuous childhood activity. Read More

10 Reasons You Need to Drop Everything and Build a Fort… Right Now

10 Reasons You Need to Drop Everything and Build a Fort… Right Now

One time, as a child, I built a fantastic fort that withstood four New England winters.

I was so proud of it! I would spend entire afternoons holed up in that sacred place. I’d get lost in an imaginary world, or while away the hours lost in a favorite book. I’d love to know how many books were read in that space!

Of course, my brothers and I built many forts over the years, both indoors and outdoors, but the outdoor forts reigned supreme. Read More