The Rye Record: Family Matters

UP: The Secret of Happy Kids by Jeanne Rollins

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If I had to choose between raising a happy child or a benevolent one, which would it be? Hmmm. The answer might be obvious to some parents but when raising children, it wasn’t to me. I suspect that most parents want kids who are both happy and good. It can be a daily struggle to [...]

Leaning In to the Larger Conversation by Jeanne Rollins

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Having leaned out of my career for years while raising a family, I was hesitant to lean in to the conversation sparked by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s book, “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.” I expected to meet the author’s call to female leadership with the same prickly judgment I observed in [...]

‘Just Do It’ by Jeanne Rollins

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With the promise of spring in the air, my thoughts drift to the long-awaited ground hog and his shadow. The notion of waiting has always intrigued me, because I’ve never been very good at it. I pay close attention to the ways in which people wait or don’t to do what they say they want [...]

The Rockwell Trap

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Now that visions of sugarplums and Norman Rockwell scenes are dancing in our heads, it’s not unusual for grown-ups to hold onto idealistic and specific images of holiday comfort and joy. Whether our parents succeeded in bringing painting-worthy traditions to fruition or failed miserably, many of us feel obliged to either continue the magic or [...]

Cinderella Story by Jeanne Rollins

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Once upon a walk with our dog, Gracie, I noticed a couple stopped at a traffic light smiling and swooning over us. Since I wasn’t a 5-year-old girl in a party dress, I assumed it was Gracie they were taken with and I was right. They rolled down the window and asked an unlikely question, [...]