"The first step to happier parenting," he observes, "is to abandon 'recreation' enjoyed by neither parent nor child." Your daughter hates ballet class and you hate schlepping her there? Drop it. Planning to travel hundreds of miles for a family vacation that will make everyone miserable? Try a "staycation" instead. Get take-out food, he urges, and hire a housekeeper. But above all get a nanny—even if she doesn't speak fluent English or have a driver's license. Your life will be easier, and your kids won't be any worse off—they may even turn out better, since you'll be setting a better example by being less anxious.
Answer by vbruno at 4:32 PM on Apr. 16, 2011
Answer by layh41407 at 4:36 PM on Apr. 16, 2011
Answer by Anonymous at 4:40 PM on Apr. 16, 2011
Answer by skittles1108 at 4:41 PM on Apr. 16, 2011