If I had to describe my life as succinctly as possible, “lucky” would pretty much cover it. I’m not talking about the once-in-a-lifetime “I survived a plane crash” kind of luck. I’m also not referring to the general “I’m so lucky to have food, shelter, and basic human rights.” (Though I am grateful for those things.) Also, I’d be completely useless in Vegas.
What I mean is that all my life I have followed the path of least resistance and everything always works out for me. I have a bachelor’s, a master’s, and a doctorate degree in engineering from two of the best schools in the U.S. (Caltech and Stanford) and no student loans. I’m married to an amazing, intelligent, funny, caring, interesting man who I’ve had a crush on since middle school. I had an awesome job as a research scientist in a government lab before I voluntarily quit to stay home with my kids that I adore (most of the time ;) – born 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016). I still work part time, mostly from home, for the same laboratory. On top of that, I have a supportive and loving extended family and a great group of friends.
I told you. Lucky. There’s no other way to describe my life. However, if I had to pick a second word, it would be nerdy. I admit it. I am a huge list-making, spreadsheet-loving nerd. I research everything. My goal for this website is to share some of what I learn with others who are less nerdily-inclined.
Do I claim to know all the right answers when it comes to raising kids? Absolutely not. You should have seen the category 5 fit my 4-year-old son threw last week when denied a donut. And how do I get my 2-year-old daughter to stop screaming “NEVER!” at her big brother when he asks for something she has? I’ve read enough parenting books that you’d think I’d have this figured out by now. I don’t (and probably never will), so I’ll keep reading, playing, observing, and learning. You are more than welcome to join me on my parenting journey.