Author: Sarah Anderson

Are People Without Kids Happier?

I read an article from 2016 that said people without kids, in the United States, are way happier than people who have kids. Because you are reading a parenting blog, I’m assuming you are one of those people with kids and this news is less than inspiring. Maybe it even confirms the thoughts you’ve had when you are up for the third time that night dealing with a child who claims bad dreams, monsters under the bed and shifting shadows to keep them from sleeping. Or when you walked in on a toddler creating a masterpiece with a purple...

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Joy in the Chaos

My son is asking for a car this Christmas. He’s four. He started asking for one months ago. And I— foolishly—thought it would be an idea that waned with time. Not so much. He gets fixated on things and doesn’t let go. Which can only mean one thing. Christmas morning is sure to be a little disappointing for my boy. He is his mother’s son. I can relate. I have a long history of being a bit of a wreck on Christmas. I love anticipation, hype, excitement. But I hate the letdown. And every Christmas, with big hopes and...

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4 Tips to Surviving Family Holiday Gatherings

This time of year really is my favorite. Starting with football and Thanksgiving dinner, then watching kids as the magic of Christmas begins to invade every bit of space in their world, it’s easy to fall in the love with the wonder of the holiday season. But as adults, we know there is much more to the holiday season than the wonder and the magic we see our children so easily clinging to and emanating. While visions of sugarplums dance in their heads, we have a different sort of vision . . . Of extended family descending on the house in “Christmas...

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How to Make Good Memories Without Grumpy Side Effects

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. We’re on the cusp of all things holiday and fun. The festivals. The fairs. The pumpkin patches. And the promise for more parties and holiday spectaculars just around the corner. It’s the kick off to a magical—if not insane—season, made all the more magical—and insane—with kids. Not more than a few weeks ago, I was reminded of how magical/insane this time of year is. Our family had planned and attended so many “fun” things that particular weekend we turned into tired, cranky, sugar-assaulted people of no use to each other or...

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The Reality of Fear and What to Do Next

A few days ago, I asked my two boys what they were most afraid of. My youngest, without skipping a beat, told me water buffalos and cobras. My oldest, still only seven, told me, imaginary monsters at night, robbers, America being destroyed, and the universe exploding. I didn’t see that coming. So I did what I’ve always done. I told my youngest, lucky us, we don’t live near cobras or water buffalos. So, crisis averted there. And then to my oldest I said, there were no monsters, our house was safe, American would be fine, and the universe appears to...

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