Happiness

A Mom's Guide to Decluttering: Why My Kids Gave Up Almost All Their Toys
by Shannon Hayes
I hate clutter, and one morning I just couldn't take it anymore. Here's how I got my kids to throw out their toys and tidy up our house.
I’m My Daughter’s Best Friend. How Do I Help Her Become Her Own Person?
by Shannon Hayes
Our isolated life on the farm keeps my family close, but it can also stand in the way of my daughter becoming her own person.
Swapping Screen Time for Getting Dirty: Why Kids Need to Spend More Time Outside
by Shannon Hayes
In his new book “How to Raise a Wild Child,” Dr. Scott D. Sampson argues that the current disconnect between kids and the natural world is a threat to their physical, mental, and emotional health.
Watch These 12-Year-Olds Talk About Race More Candidly Than Most Adults Do
by Araz Hachadourian
These New York City middle-schoolers opened up about their experiences with race and racism in WNYC's "Being 12" series.
How My Family Farm Is Like a Team of Superheros
by Shannon Hayes
As I begin to take over my parent’s farm, I’ve learned how important it is for my family to celebrate our strengths, acknowledge our weaknesses, and work together as a team.
Video: How to Pickle Beets
by Liz Pleasant
The simple and easy way to pickle your beets at home.
"Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" Director on Making the Quirky Film that Became a Sundance Hit
by Christopher Zumski Finke
For Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, shooting this funny, intimate film was a healing experience.
How Do You Say Goodbye to a Family Pet?
by Shannon Hayes
When my family's dog passed away, I was faced with the question of how to talk to my children about sadness and death.
The Radical Homemaker’s Guide to Watching Your Parents Age
by Shannon Hayes
When my mom had a medical emergency on Mother's Day, I was reminded to cherish the time I have with her.
Watch John Oliver Explain How Absurd the US Standardized Testing System Is
by Liz Pleasant
John Oliver does a damn good job of explaining how ridiculous our standardized testing system is.
When It’s Time to Hand the Farm to the Next Generation, the Simple Life Is Anything But
by Shannon Hayes
This year’s muddy spring presents my family with the chance to pull together more closely than ever.
7 Myths About Housewives, Debunked
by Lindsey Weedston
Are housewives less ambitious than career women? Are they bad feminists? Read on to go beyond the stereotypes.
Video: A Letter from Your 14-Year-Old Self
by Erin Sagen
Bruce Farrer has been assigning a special project to his students: a 10-page letter handwritten to themselves, which he mails back 20 years later.
How “Granny Flats” and Suburban Downtowns Are Creating a Different (and Better) Kind of Density
by Jay Walljasper
Density has become a dirty word in some circles because people associate it with big, ugly buildings. Luckily, there are other ways to get people living close together.
Tiny House Living: How Two Families Made It Work—Teenagers, Sleepovers, Alone Time, and All
by Liz Pleasant
How do you fit a full-sized family into a tiny house? The Morrisons and Kasls found that the benefits of life in 200 square feet outweigh the difficulties.