A Light Mood
When the boys were newborns, Keith asked a friend, a renowned child development specialist, if she could distil her years of research and observation into one piece of advice for us. She said the most important thing is "a light mood in the home."
When the boys leave the dinner table because they are doubled over with laughter, or say things like, "in this family, we get strong abs from laughing," I feel like I am winning as a parent. When I think of the mood in the home where I grew up, I feel like a fucking miracle.