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Comfortable with Discomfort?  


Happy Summer!

This week, I dropped my kids off at a rustic sleep-a-way camp in the high Sierras, where they will be for the next two weeks.

The drop-off didn't go very well.

When I was a kid, I begged and begged to go to sleep-a-way camp with my best friend Rory. I did extra chores to earn it, and I counted the days until I got there. I don't remember being homesick, or sad at the drop-off. I remember feeling wild and free. I loved the horses and the outdoors and ceramics. I got postcards from my teachers. It was awesome.

My kids have had mixed feelings about going to camp: they were excited, but also scared. "TWO WEEKS!?" my youngest cried when I told her what, to me, was great news: They were going to summer camp! "They have horses!" I said cheerfully, trying to drum up excitement. "And sailing! I've never been sailing myself," I mourned. "You'll get to do it before I do!"

I said this knowing full well that sailing is actually not on my daughters' bucket list. It's on mine.

To read the rest of my camp drop-off saga and all about why I'm sending my kids to camp this year, read this post.

Warmest regards,


On the Blog in June

These Dads Get it

(And they're getting some action, too.)


Inspiration for Parents

Everyday things that make my heart soar. 


Choosing Childcare

Podcast: Finding good daycare can be stressful and confusing. Find out what the research says.


What I Wish I Had Known

Podcast: Three things I know now that I wish I'd known about happiness when I was graduating from college.


Talking to Kids about Stress

Podcast: Let's not ignore that many children are anxious, depressed, and stressed out.


Gratitude Journal

Please keep contributing to our wonderful community gratitude journal. 


Other Raising Happiness June Posts

Podcast: Do Your Kids Have "Nature Deficit Disorder"?

Tuesday Tip: Take a Break

Tuesday Tip: Have a Micro Dance Party

Tuesday Tip: Unplug  



And Two Greater Good Posts Not to Be Missed...

How to Get Dads Involved? It's a Family Affair

If we want dad to be more engaged with his kids, we should focus on improving his relationship with mom, according to family experts Philip A. Cowan and Carolyn Pape Cowan

The Surprising Benefits of Playful Papas

New research suggests dads who play more with their kids make better husbands. But does it let them off the hook from changing diapers?