parenting

Our TV Friends Are Waiting Too

2012-02-24T17:53:21+00:00 February 16th, 2012|parenting, waiting and wanting kids|

OK, guilty. I was checking out Smash this week (will the sensitive brunette or the bombshell blonde be picked to play Marilyn?). There were Debra Messing and Brian d'Arcy James, struggling with the long, long wait they've been facing in their adoption. Should he go back to work, should they wait longer for the baby? Then on [...]

Giving Meaning to Our Wait

2017-05-18T14:49:47+00:00 February 8th, 2012|parenting, waiting and wanting kids|

On the recommendation of a friend I'm reading a fascinating new book, Timothy Wilson's Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change. I also recently saw Our Idiot Brother, and the two have me thinking. The brainy one first: Redirect talks about the power of the interpretations we give events. A simple example: someone who [...]

Being a C Student

2012-02-24T17:54:05+00:00 February 4th, 2012|daily life, parenting, waiting and wanting kids|

My twice-yearly dental cleanings are an interesting opportunity to feel like a completely mediocre achiever. I don't think I'm incredibly lazy, or unable to follow directions. OK, I probably don't brush for the full two minutes each time, but I floss twice a day (always!), and I try the different techniques that have been offered--circular! [...]

It Will Take A Village

2017-05-18T14:49:53+00:00 January 20th, 2012|parenting, takes a village|

I've been thinking about all the help we're going to need when these kids land, and how bad I am at asking for help. What an opportunity this will be! I don't usually complain about my childhood; I have very fond memories of growing up. There are just a few things I'd change: wish I [...]