Category: Free Time

Napa nostalgia and secrets of people with all the time in the world

I am writing this from the Napa valley in California, where I came to do a time management workshop. One of the great parts of my job is that I get to travel to various lovely places where people do corporate retreats, but then since it's not my actual corporate retreat, I am "off" once I'm done. I seldom stay long, but it's like a lot of mini-vacations bedecking m… read more »

How we did on the holiday fun list

New Year's Day is rapidly approaching, which means it's time to look back on my 2016 holiday fun list. This is the list I make annually of activities that make the season feel festive. So how did we do? Very well, for the most part! Here's how it all sorted out. The literary Advent calendar. The kids opened all 23 books. I'll admit that we lost a bit of steam in the m… read more »

The rhythm of holiday break

We have a houseful of cousins right now, and the kids are in heaven. The adults are doing a lot of crowd management, but we are getting into a rhythm that makes the days doable. For instance, yesterday, we got everyone to the Franklin Institute in the morning. We came home for lunch (and my toddler fell asleep in the car as usual). We fed the kids, then I went for a r… read more »

How to be productive over the holidays (if you are home with the kids)

In the usual narrative, work is stressful and holidays are relaxing. Therefore, attempting to be "productive" over the holidays is missing the whole point. However, I know many of my readers are parents of small children. These small children do not disappear over the holidays. In fact, they are generally out of their usual schedules of school or daycare. T… read more »

Update on the pet question and Christmas

Thanks to everyone who offered their advice on pets. It was helpful, as was a Real Simple magazine article in the January issue on what pet is right for you. The answer? The only pet that is right for us is a fish. And frankly, possibly not even that given the toddler's destruction of their habitat last week. The conversation with my 9-year-old went better than ex… read more »