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Time alone is a precious commodity for parents. Since I'm an introvert—that is, someone who derives energy from solitude—I used to worry that I wouldn't be up to the task. Anywhere from 16 to 50 percent of the population share my temperament, and for those of us who...read more
The celebrity college-acceptance scandal, where high-profile parents like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were accused of doing immoral or illegal things to give their kids a leg up with college admissions, has put the idea of "lawnmower parenting" in the...read more
"My 14-year-old daughter constantly abandons her coat on the floor and leaves half-eaten food in the living room and crumpled papers in the hall. I end up cleaning up after her, which I’ve repeatedly told her makes me upset. She’s a smart, talented kid. So why does...read more
Am I a bad parent if I do the majority of the cleaning up after my kids? -- Rather Do It Myself Dear Rather Do It Myself, So much of parenting requires risk analysis. On one hand, we have the future well-being of our children to consider. If we don't teach them to...read more
Mindfulness (and all the yummy stuff that goes along with it, like compassion, curiosity, and gratitude) makes me happier, calmer, and decidedly less likely to lose my shit. (Did I mention I’m writing a book about how to stop losing your shit at your kids? You can...read more