Introducing Chores to Children

I grew up on a farm in Vermont, complete with horses and cows. My father worked as an engineer for a specialty tools company, and my mother managed a handful of residential properties. On evenings and weekends, they caught up with all the farming and maintenance work. We didn’t have the money to hire outside […]

A Quick and Healthy Recipe – Turkey Lettuce Wraps

This weekend, we went on a camping trip with old friends from our daughters’ preschool. It’s become somewhat of an annual October tradition: in addition to camping, the kids get dressed up for a Halloween parade, and the parents try to outdo one another in the food department. How many camping trips have you been […]

Choosing the “Right” Elementary School

It’s that beautiful time of year again in San Francisco: Karl the Fog (yes, we’ve named the fog) has receded, so it’s warm enough to wear shorts and eat outside without freezing. It also happens to be the start of school admissions season. My two girls are now in the same K-8 school—hooray for single […]

A Few of My Favorite Things – September

How do you all manage your crazy seasons? I tend to manage my stress with exercise and with a glass of wine not at the same time. My last few weeks have been incredibly busy with all the back-to-school activities, start of soccer season, music lessons and normal daily activities that still need to happen. […]

Raising Happy Children

What is our primary role as parents? Is it to ensure that our children have access to the best of everything? To set them up for financial success? Where does teaching them to be happy fit in? As a mom, I find it difficult to choose even when I know what the “right” answer is. […]

My Picky Eater

How do you deal with a child refuses to eat fruits or vegetables? This is one of my biggest struggles. She is a great kid in every sense of the word – thoughtful, helpful, studious, polite, healthy, everything I could ask for. My biggest issue is trying to get her to eat fruits and vegetables. […]

Back to Routines

You know those times when you have a large block of unstructured time, say like summer vacation, and you go all out, enjoy every minute but at the end you say to yourself, boy, am I glad to get back to normal? That’s me now. We traveled to meet up with my husband’s family in Japan, […]

A Few of My Favorite Things – Summer Edition

How was your summer? Our days were full of family travel, kitesurfing, trips to the pool and library, and refereeing the latest injustice. I had intentions of doing a lot more writing this summer but sometimes your plans don’t come to fruition. School starts this week and I think we are ready. I’m ready to […]

Hey Everyone! I Can Kitesurf!

The current theme of my life has been to learn and try new things. I recently took up photography, started this blog and started kitesurfing. Who knows what else I’ll add this year… While kitesurfing doesn’t exactly fall into the “new” category since I started trying to learn before I had children but pregnancy and […]

Air Travel with Infants

We are in the height of travel season and having just gotten back from a vacation with my own children, I thought I’d share some of the things I’ve learned traveling with my children over the years. This will be the first in a series of posts based on different ages of children. I started […]