home life, parenting

Take a Moment

Rather than reflect on one of the unfortunately abundant apocalyptic current events, I'm going to describe a small, simple moment of peace. My family was driving home from a rare dinner out. The workweek had been hectic. Whose workweek isn't, right? We were stopped at a stop light, and I was spacing out, running through… Continue reading Take a Moment

current events

Hurricane Harvey: How We Can Help

The rescue and assistance request posts are heartbreaking, and there are so, so many of them every day. I belong to a nationwide (international, actually) physician Facebook group over 60K members strong. When local emergency services were overwhelmed by the impossible number of calls, people turned to social media, and this particular group is extremely… Continue reading Hurricane Harvey: How We Can Help

parenting

Points Charts for Kids’ Behavior Issues: An Easy Method That’s Working for Us

We've been struggling with end-of-summer-unstructured-days-dysregulated kids (see previous post). A friend of mine, also a doc-mom of kids who fight with each other, shared the system that's worked wonders for them: It's a simple points system, with one, two, or three points awarded for acts of kindness. She made it a contest, with prizes at… Continue reading Points Charts for Kids’ Behavior Issues: An Easy Method That’s Working for Us

parenting

I spent the entire day with my kids and didn’t yell/scream/spank/lose my mind

I am so freaking proud of myself.   It's the end of summer vacation. There's no more camp, no routine. Sleep and wake schedules are wacky. These kids are kind of dysregulated.   And, Oh, they were terrible. They were at each other's throats. There was pulled hair and pushing and scratching and someone even… Continue reading I spent the entire day with my kids and didn’t yell/scream/spank/lose my mind

home life

Steam Cleanin’ on a Saturday Night…

It's a gorgeous summer Saturday night. The kids are asleep early. Hubby is away with the team, the team is playing, and the game is on. I fully intended to plop down on the couch, tune in to the live radio broadcast with the TV on mute (as real fans do), and relax. But... let's… Continue reading Steam Cleanin’ on a Saturday Night…

political

I’m at a loss here. 

It's August. I did have a few summery, lighthearted posts lined up.  But then we had serious threats of nuclear warfare with North Korea, and I made the mistake of reading this potentially useful article about how to survive after an atomic bomb detonates near you. "Near" being rather broadly defined. I read it before bed… Continue reading I’m at a loss here. 

pets

Happiness is a warm rescue kitten… No, really, it is.

Decades of research show that volunteer activity is significantly associated with multiple health benefits, both psychological (higher levels of happiness and self-esteem, lower levels of stress and depression) and physical (improved cognition, decreased mortality)*. What's more, studies show that interacting with animals decreases blood pressure as well as perceived stress, perhaps through stimulating oxytocin release… Continue reading Happiness is a warm rescue kitten… No, really, it is.

fitness, home life

Multitasking My Run

Most Saturday mornings, Hubby and the kids do cartoons and breakfast, while I work out my weeks' accumulated stress and sedentary achiness.  Today, I ran a favorite route: a hilly road featuring a nice smooth sidewalk, stately homes, and a well- kept Trustees park overlooking the river, and Boston beyond.   And then, there was trash. … Continue reading Multitasking My Run

work life balance

Shake (Run, Stretch) It Off

My blogging bandwidth was squeezed considerably by clinical and personal stressors  this past week. I was on call for our practice, and while there were few actual pages, they were mostly middle-of-the-night legitimate medical problems. Like, Doctor, I'm coughing up blood; as opposed to Doctor, I'm having trouble sleeping. Then there were a few complicated… Continue reading Shake (Run, Stretch) It Off