I am beginning to think that I have an unhealthy relationship with my garden. That is, I love it obsessively; I toss and turn in bed thinking about it; I spend many minutes when I should be doing things like watching my kids play sports or helping with homework instead daydreaming about my garden. And I’m not sure my garden […]
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Kids often need to show proof of immunizations for school, camp, and after-school activities. Unfortunately, keeping an accurate and up-to-date log of your family’s immunization records tends to be more difficult than it sounds.
Not because my dad ever ran for president or, thank God, died when I was young. (My own father is very much alive and well and trying to boss me around every chance he gets. For which I am grateful. After all, consider the alternative.) Or because I had 38 siblings, which would have been fun. Or was married to […]
Did you know that most people prefer Fridays to Sundays? The research behind it is that the promise of the upcoming weekend is more delightful than a day of often-wistful rest—clearly, anticipation in a powerful thing. To harbor that positive thinking, Christine Carter, Ph.D., a sociologist at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and the […]
[Note: A version of this article first appeared in the February 2014 issue of Real Simple.] I started working in magazines in the 1990s as a freelance writer, and one of my first stories was about a relatively new Christian teen abstinence campaign called True Love Waits. I was in my 20s, a.k.a. the Decade of Darkness. I had a […]
There is a new, sad little pattern that happens almost nightly in my household and it goes like this: Me: “Time for dinner!” Kids thunder down the stairs. 15-year-old: “What’s for dinner?” Six-year-old: “What’s for dinner?” Me: “Blah blah*“ 15-year-old: “Ugh.” Six-yearold (whining): “I hate blah blah.“ 15-year-old: “Can I make myself an omelet?” Six-year-old: “Me too?” Me: Silent, head in […]
You’ve made your list and checked it twice, now you need to find a place to hide the presents! According to The National Retail Foundation, shoppers started buying gifts earlier than ever this year. Since all those gifts have to stay under wraps for longer, parents have come up with some very creative hiding spots to outwit wandering eyes and keep the surprise alive. Need some ideas?