This article is for all of the teenagers out there. Society regularly expects you to adult, even though developmentally you are years from being fully grown. Yes, you are mature in many ways: You can break down the paradoxes in Beowulf, many of you drive and do so quite safely, you handle schedules that would overwhelm many adults. Yet your bodies are still growing, and your brains are still fine-tuning their neural connections. Because of this, you probably cannot process caffeine as seamlessly as your parents can.Read More
My teenage boys don’t need Taco Tuesday or Wacky Wednesday to make meals interesting. They are generally so hungry when they get home from football practice they just want to eat, and right away. But my second-grade daughter loves a good theme. She already has nine possible motifs for her March birthday and dreams about matching family Halloween costumes that would make her brothers cringe; they won’t want to dress as unicorns. But even the most mature or jaded of us can get behind a playful concept once in a while.Read More
Productivity is back in town. Long gone are summer days without schedules and to-do lists. Late, lingering dinners must be tabled. Kids come home hungry and with little time to eat before homework beckons. This means being organized is a must; there is no time for a last-minute run to the store.
Online grocery shopping is a key player in the game of household efficiency. As much as I love wandering the aisles of a grocery store, taste-testing new products and picking out the perfect peach, there is often no time for this. Lugging bags from store to car to kitchen is a drag, as is waiting in line when the only time you can make it to the store is when everyone else can, too.Read More
I guarantee I am not alone in my summer-long awe and admiration for the Parkland, Florida students who have spent their vacation months traversing the country raising awareness for gun control and encouraging Americans to vote in the mid-term elections. This squad of young people is inspiring their generation toward activism and encouraging youth to use their voices for good.Read More