Tag archives: letting go
It seems you can’t avoid hearing about how my
generation of parents is overprotective and isn’t allowing its kids to learn
about failure and resilience. Every time I’ve read an article about helicopter
parenting, I’ve sighed and thought “so glad that’s not me.”
The other day, however, I heard the propellers and
they were coming from me.
Each morning I drop off my 6-year-old at school
and I wait on the playground until the teacher comes to take the kids inside. While
we wait, my daughter usually heads off with a friend or two, and ...
Have you ever taken one of those personality tests? Pretty
certain I’ve taken nearly all of them during my career. One told me I was a sea
otter, another a shepherd, another a maximizer and yet another said I was an
I’ve been thinking a lot about personality lately as I try
to figure out what it is I want to do with the rest of my life, professionally
My conclusion is that these personality tests are bullshit.
If an employer really wanted a truthful evaluation, they would require the
questions be filled out by ...
Maybe it’s because the holidays are just around
the corner, but it seems that a number of my recent conversations with friends have
dealt with expectations. More specifically, an inability to meet them.
After a visit to her home state, one friend questioned
how she could possibly see all of the relatives who want her to come for dinner
or pop in to say hello. The answer is, of course, that she can’t and so she
ends up feeling badly about it.
I remember those visits—usually they encompassed
an early morning flight and four days spent in ...
It’s that magical time of year when the sun makes
the entire world glow. Reds, golds, oranges and greens all shimmer as if Mother
Nature is giving all she has to make the world beautiful before going into
Maybe it’s because I was born into the fall
season, but usually I find it impossible to be unhappy in autumn. How can you
be sad when the air is bright and crisp and you’re wearing cute leather boots
and a cozy sweater?
So you can imagine why my plunging mood over the
past week has been completely ...
So many things about parenthood are difficult: the sleepless nights, the potty training, the disciplinary issues, the self-doubt that you will mess up this tiny creature. (You know you will mess them up; it’s just in what manner will you do it and how much therapy will they need to fix the damage).
There are volumes of books written about parenting, and everyone and their mother will give you unsolicited advice. But the most difficult part of being a parent doesn’t much get talked about: It’s the letting go.
Today is my daughter's first day of ...