Applying IKEA Techniques to Empower Your Kids and Maybe Even Make them Happier

The "IKEA effect" is a term used by Harvard researchers in a working paper to describe the idea that when someone builds something themselves they often overvalue whatever that may be. If you've ever bought something from the Swedish furniture maker, you know there is always some assembly required. Forget the fact that their instructions … Continue reading Applying IKEA Techniques to Empower Your Kids and Maybe Even Make them Happier

Is the Quantity of Toys in My House Hampering Imagination?

I love giving my kids presents and watching them receive presents. They get pumped up, eyes wide and explore the wonder of the new object. Whether it is a car that pulls back and races on its own or a fresh plush animal, it brings me joy to be able to give them things. Let … Continue reading Is the Quantity of Toys in My House Hampering Imagination?

If the Problem Isn’t the Problem Then What is?

Screaming about not wanting me around at the breakfast table, and then continuing to say Daddy help me over and over as we were approaching t-minus ten minutes before departure to morning drop-off. Antagonizing his one-year-old sister with mussing her hair and picking her up until she screams with frustration. Lost keys. Missing shoes. Arms … Continue reading If the Problem Isn’t the Problem Then What is?

Coaching from My Four Year Old on Detachment from My New Car

I've been car shopping for months now. My reliable 2003 VW Jetta is tight to say the least when a family of four needs to jet around town. Sure, it's manageable, but if we want to go out of town and enjoy the outdoors, we needed something a little bigger. That and the list of … Continue reading Coaching from My Four Year Old on Detachment from My New Car

How Much is That Doggie in The Window Correction

My nine-month-old daughter received a mechanical plush puppy that plays the Pattie Page classic "How Much is That Doggie in The Window" when you push a button on the side of its right paw. It's funny watching her older brother as she gets gifts, because he doesn't waste any time jumping in and getting his … Continue reading How Much is That Doggie in The Window Correction