I asked myself this question while listening to an Fresh Air interview with Jennifer Senior, the author of the book, All Joy & No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenting.
I won’t rehash the interview–you can read it or listen to it here–but it got me thinking. About modern parenting & how I think we’ve got it all wrong.
Who said parenting was about having fun anyway??
If people are having kids because they want to “have fun” they’ve got themselves into the wrong business.
I’ve been in the full-time parenting sector for a decade now. I’d like to think I know what I’m talking about.
Don’t get me wrong.
I being a parent (which is part of the reason why we’ve signed up for it five times).
There are fun moments, frustrating moments, poopy & messy...
It was actually one of those realizations that took a few weeks to sink in, but when it did, I realized what I’ve been missing out on all these years.
Or rather, it made me wonder how I was able to live without getting a goods night’s sleep for about, oh seven years or so.
Sure, we’ve had a fairly steady stream of babies come our way which has contributed in part to fragmented sleep.
But the real culprit hasn’t been the night-time feedings.
I didn’t realize what I was missing out on until we bought our new Sealy mattress a few weeks ago. We’d been putting it off for sooo long (what with our goals to put all discretionary money towards our debt snowball), but this year’s tax refund was extra generous & I realized I couldn’t take our mattress any longer which is...
I have some big, life changing news.
Okinawa, a Japanese island, is part of the greater Ryukyu islands that are located south of Japan’s mainland.
I first heard about the Okinawa diet several years ago when reading about the CR diet (calorie restriction) which is concerned primarily with longevity. The Okinawans are of interest because Okinawa has the greatest proportion of centenarians of any population & their longevity has been the study of gerontologists from all over the world.
The Okinawan diet, though not vegan, is easily veganized–it’s heavy on the vegetables (7-13 servings per day!) & whole grains/beans, light on the meat/eggs, oils, & sweets. It’s also virtually void of dairy foods, not unlike the majority of traditional Asian diets. Naturally, my interested was...