Criticism Is Awesome

Yep, you heard me right. Criticism is awesome. It may go against our very nature and need for acceptance, but “attaboys” don’t really get us anywhere. If anything, they give us a false sense of security and a tendency to relax and let things happen as they will. Great things don’t happen as they will. Have … More Criticism Is Awesome

Helicopter S.O.S.

I sat poised on the edge of my chair, a whispered plea in my throat. The bridal party stretched before me, picture-perfect, words of promise and endearment mingling with the buzz of bumblebees courting lavender. Meanwhile, two pint-size pink puffs frolicked stage right, giggling with the effort to leap and pluck leaves from a silently … More Helicopter S.O.S.

Return on Investment

Why is it so hard to invest in ourselves? Is it parental guilt? A relic notion of “modesty”? The preservation instinct of the self employed? Why, even in situations when the return on investment is quite obvious, does this feel so uncomfortable? For instance, this weekend there’s a kids’ book conference, and I dilly dallied over whether … More Return on Investment

Cuddle Your Baby

Yesterday morning, I had a revelation. I was frantically getting ready, packing for my work day, and gathering Szaba’s stuff for the sitter. But Szaba wasn’t up yet, and I had to wake her. Now, if any of you have (or have had) toddlers, you know this can be a delicate matter.