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article featured on Savvy - "happiness & parenting"

A parent of two who loves to write - are ingredients for one thing: writing about parenting. This month on Savvysource, child experts, writers (and parents) talk about "life is what we make it: happiness & parenting" - and I was privileged to be asked to join the discussion with my own piece. If you have an extra moment, the article can be found here. Please chime in at Savvy or here on The Art of Family, and share what happiness and parenting is like for you... Enjoy!


  1. Shaima, Janine, Tara, Brittnee, Corbin, and Asha - thank you all so much for the beautiful comments you posted on Savvy - they mean so much to me not only as a writer expressing herself on this delicate topic - but more so as a Mother - expressing what it means to be one. Thank you for echoing my heart.

  2. So much love - wow! To those I do and don't know - so nice of you to stop by Savvy and post! Thank you :)

    Shaima Hakimi said:
    I love your article. For some parents it takes years and years to come to this realization that it is OK to ease our expectations. I have learned from experience that life can be so much pleasant and manageable if we could just let go of our high expectations.
    Posted on Jan 18, 2010

    Janine said:
    Zarlacht, love and compassion shine through your writing so brightly. I believe these are the major cornerstones in our lives. And if we're lucky enough to have been treated to them in our own childhood, and passionate enough to treat our children to them, then, in the end, we have achieved profound happiness, both in receiving and in giving.
    Posted on Jan 18, 2010

    Tara said:
    Great article! Coming to this realization makes us all better parents. I can't wait to read more articles from you.
    Posted on Jan 18, 2010

    Brittnee said:
    It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day mini struggles of motherhood that we forget our ultimate purpose is to love our children. When our children are grown, they won't remember the messes they made, but they will remember the love they felt. Thanks for a great article, Zarlacht.
    Posted on Jan 18, 2010

    Corbin said:
    What a beautifully written article, Zarlacht! I am continually inspired and always amazed by your positive, creative and honest approach to parenting. One of the things that has scared me about becoming a mom are the expectations of perfect parenting, will I measure up? I admire your courage to let go of these daunting, preconceived notions and just love your children with all of your heart.
    Posted on Jan 18, 2010

    Asha Dornfest {Parent Hacks} said:
    Let me just say a resounding YES! Thank you for this lovely article.
    Posted on Jan 18, 2010

    Zarlacht Atiqzoy said:
    Thank you all so much for the beautiful sentiments - they are a genuine comfort to a mama's (very happy) soul - I loved all of these comments - thank you!
    Posted on Jan 19, 2010

    Karen...no kids yet!!! said:
    Even though I don't have kids yet, I find myself reading these types of articles. You know...how to be a good parent and stuff. That's because plenty of my friends have kids. When we all get together the only thing that comes out of their mouth are my kids this, or my kids that, or my husband and perfect life...blah, blah, blah...so the only thing I can do is tell them what I read and give them advice. This article was great!!! Very true and to the point. Hope to read more interesting articles like this one. Thanks for the future advice.
    Posted on Jan 21, 2010

    Vicki Clack said:
    Thanks! Lovely sentiments and it really helps to be reminded of this.
    Posted on Jan 25, 2010


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