Why My Toddler Doesn’t Need an Award from Her Gym Class

A few weeks ago, my sixteen-month-old daughter received a “super star award” upon completion of her Gymkhana toddler gym class. In addition to a pale-pink ribbon, she was awarded a certificate that lauds her “abundance of energy” and her “positive approach to loving and learning through sensory motor experiences.” My daughter is terrific. She worked … Continued

Culture, Parenting

Is Self-Compassion the Key to Happiness?

You know it’s a late-August vacation week when The Wall Street Journal runs a story, video and interactive chart on the benefits of daily affirmations a la Stuart Smalley from Saturday Night Live: “Because I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggone it, people like me.” Research shows that people who forgive themselves, see the … Continued