Archive for July 2016

168 hours in Rehoboth Beach

My mother-in-law rented a house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware last week. This beach is halfway between my brother-in-law's family in Maryland, and our house in Pennsylvania, and since our four kids are perfectly matched up with their four kids in age, it works well to vacation together. Of course, any vacation involving eight children under the age of 10 (inc… read more »

What’s the 8th strategy?

On the east coast in late July, the sun rises at approximately 5:55 a.m. I know this because I have been up to see it several days this week while traveling on a family vacation. The toddler sleep issues are continuing. At least he has been happy to go for long walks, and there have been some fairly magnificent colors. I snapped the photo accompanying this post ear… read more »

Time strategy #7: Try to enjoy it

Toddlers are mercurial creatures. The other day, my little guy elected to skip his afternoon nap. He was miserable (and violent! Oh, the hair-pulling!) for much of the rest of the day before crashing at 6:30 p.m. Quiet reigned in the house for a while, which I appreciated, but I paid for it with a 4:30 a.m. wake-up the next morning. I tried a bottle. I tried rockin… read more »

Time strategy #6: People are a good use of time

In The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, the late Stephen Covey tells a story about the limits of forcing efficiency on relationships. One of his sons was quite into scheduling (perhaps a genetic trait!) One day his calendar "included down-to-the-minute time allocations for every activity, including picking up some books, washing his car, and 'droppi… read more »

Time strategy #5: Leave breathing room

In years of writing about people's schedules, I have learned that we all have different activity tolerances. My inclination in life is more toward "full." I don't mind having things push out a bit at the seams. On the few package tours I have been on, I have been amazed to see how much downtime is considered normal. That said, I do know this: a day has exactly 24 hou… read more »