I often wonder which family memories will stick in my children’s minds as they grow up and craft lives of their own. Will it be the forced family hikes, the loud and competitive game nights, the trips we’ve taken where the suggestion of a hotel room seemed more enticing than the destination itself? Or will it be the smaller, less structured times together hanging out on the couch watching a baseball game or laughing over a big pancake breakfast?Read More
I take it for granted that I can bring my daughter to any playground and let her climb the monkey bars. I can send her to school without worrying that lunchtime could be dangerous. Boarding an airplane doesn’t put me on high alert, and I never fret that another mom may have left peanut butter residue on the cutting board where she is now making my child a snack. I have the luxury of never worrying that what my children eat might kill them.Read More
Long gone are the days when skipping breakfast was something to brag about. Why would anyone skip the most important meal of the day? Test scores and attention spans of children who eat a well-balanced breakfast are generally higher than those who do not. I am not alone in championing breakfast; I rarely go a day without scrolling through Instagram pictures of friends’ healthy morning eats. Thankfully, eating breakfast — not skipping it — is now brag-worthy.Read More
What is it about ramen that so persuasively beckons my teens? During college, I ate it because it was cheap, quick to cook and full of the salt I craved after a late night out.
Do Cup Noodles or Oodles of Noodles bring back memories? Remember how they were sold by the case? They still are, but I am no longer buying them, although my teens certainly wish I were. They beg me to buy packaged ramen noodles for after-school snacks. But because they also love real ramen — the steaming bowls of protein, minerals and collagen, full of depth and deliciousness — I’ve decided to make more of the nourishing Japanese comfort food at home.Read More