Your Annual Classroom Valentine Sanity Check

A box of store bought valentines is not a sign of slacking.

Clever homemade Valentines are wonderful…but only if you love doing that sort of thing. If you feel the stress or “pressure to perform” ratcheting up, please remember that store-bought Valentines are not a sign of “slacking,” they’re a choice to focus on other things you care about more. As parents, we’re surrounded by hundreds of choices every day, and it […]

Should you force your kids into new activities?

Kids on a zip line

When Christine and I launched our book Minimalist Parenting, interviewers inevitably asked us: But aren’t you afraid “minimalist parenting” will lead to lazy, unmotivated kids? It’s not a bad question. How can kids come to know their capabilities without a push (sometimes a firm one) out of their comfort zones? Kristen Howerton wrote a fantastic piece about […]