from Conde Nast Traveler, May 2015
Starting your kids’ wanderlust early is beneficial for everyone in your family.
My sons still talk about the family trip we took down the Salmon River in Idaho one summer. The scenery was gorgeous and the rapids were rough—and the guide let my oldest, Zach, negotiate one wild pass alone in a rubber canoe. He was 7 at the time. His little brother Matt, then 5, paddled excitedly along with my husband. Were they too young for that adventure? Absolutely not. Continue reading
from Huffington Post May 2015
On Mother’s Day, young kids cheerfully give their moms flowers, candy, or whatever bauble Dad has helped them buy. But they’re often mystified. Why say thanks to mom? Isn’t she supposed to take care of you?
When we first got married, I told my husband I wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 15th, when flowers and chocolates went on sale. Maybe you can’t put a price on love, but $39.95 for a dozen stems seemed too high. Why pay jacked up prices when we could have our own romantic day anytime we chose?
My husband immediately got in the spirit, and every year since then, he’s brought me the nicest roses discounts can buy. Love always seems lovelier to me at half-price the next day. Continue reading
When we shop for holiday gifts, many of us look for things that will make our children happy. We can’t wait to hear their appreciative cries of“thank you! thank you!”once the wrapping gets ripped off.
But here’s a tip: Don’t count on it. Continue reading
Gratitude gap: 52 percent forget to show thanks
In a recent study, 90 percent of people described themselves as grateful for their family, but only 48 percent said they express it. Janice Kaplan of Good Housekeeping explains why this gratitude gap exists, and how men and women and different generations express gratitude in varying ways. Watch Here