Category: Happiness

Life right now: Reading Virginia Woolf on the sidelines at soccer practice

As the weather warms, weekends have taken on a certain fullness around here. Spring sports are still going, so we had 3 swim lessons, two soccer games, and one baseball game this weekend. The big kids went to a play, and my 7-year-old had a playdate and even a book club meeting on Friday night (yes, really! A mom organized a group of friends to get together and disc… read more »

Say yes to karaoke

I’m writing this on the train back to Philadelphia. New York was a blast. I had come to the American Society of Journalists and Authors conference to chat with other writers, and I most definitely did that. I also sang with them. This made last night a wee bit shorter than it probably should have been. I blame Katherine Lewis. She likes karaoke. Indeed, I heard… read more »

Hello from NYC

Yesterday dawned bright and beautiful. Indeed, the whole day was fairly charmed. Some days you can just tell, from the beginning, will be the sunny sort. This was. It started with the way I woke up. I’ve been going to bed by 10 p.m. lately, which means that I pop up on my own, usually before the baby, between 5 and 5:30 a.m. I let myself lie there. I sometimes drift… read more »

The fourth secret of happier parenting: Your kids aren’t you (thank goodness)

My baby is just over 3 months old. That means that he got his start in life almost exactly a year ago. I weighed him the other day and had the sudden thought that “Wow! My body has produced 15 lbs of human in a year!” He’s made up of raw material supplied by me (and one cell from my husband) but it is already clear that he is entirely his own person. He is just the mos… read more »

The third secret of happier parenting: Seize small moments

Last fall I wrote a post about figuring out which mornings I’d wait for the bus with my 7-year-old. I work at home, so I could do it. The problem is that the time (roughly 8:30-8:40 a.m.) was right in the middle of what is often a productive hour for me. So I did it on the two days per week we didn’t have childcare in the mornings (because everyone was at school) and… read more »