Families & Homes
Place, community, and the people we love.
Learning From Debt: How It Strengthened My Dreams and Brought My Family Closer
by Shannon Hayesposted Jul 02, 2014
- The experience of debt can guide us toward different ways of living—like having extended generations share a household—that are both cheaper and more fulfilling.
The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Love, Loss, and Lucky Socks
by Shannon Hayesposted Jun 27, 2014
- Moments of sadness are inevitable in a life filled with deep connections to other people.
When You Live in the Local Economy, Musicians Are Just People (And Cyndi Lauper Is Coming to Dinner)
by Shannon Hayesposted Jun 13, 2014
- After getting mad at her daughter for handing hard earned money to a street performer, "Radical Homemaker" Shannon Hayes considers what musicians bring to the local economy.
How the Family Farm Stole My Sense of Self—For the Better
by Shannon Hayesposted Jun 04, 2014
"Look Mom, No Bus!"—Walking to School Helps Kids Stay Fit and Have Fun
by Molly Ruskposted Jun 02, 2014
- A program called the Walking School Bus provides kids an easy way to get regular exercise while getting to know their neighborhood.
A Lesson in Tranquility ... From a Porcupine
by Shannon Hayesposted May 28, 2014
- A midnight run-in with a spiny interloper forced me to re-evaluate my priorities.
Meet 6 Nutrition Blogger Moms Who Crashed the McDonald's Shareholder Meeting
by YES! Editorsposted May 22, 2014
- Current trends suggest one in three kids will develop Type 2 diabetes as adults. These moms told McDonald’s CEO Don Thompson what they think about the fast food industry targeting their kids.
Will My Visually Impaired Daughter Ever Read? (And Why Does That Question Scare Me So Much?)
by Shannon Hayesposted May 20, 2014
- I've learned not to worry about whether others approve of my life. But applying the same thinking to my daughter is a challenge.
7 Ways to Garden Like You Know What You're Doing (Even If You're Just Getting Started)
by Terra Wellingtonposted May 15, 2014
- A few simple guidelines to follow when breaking out the trowel and gloves.
Will My Daughter Grow Up to Be a Farmer Like Me?
by Shannon Hayesposted May 12, 2014
- I made the choice to give up a career in law and return to my family farm. Now, I wait to see if my daughter will do the same.
Unleashing Empathy: How Teachers Transform Classrooms With Emotional Learning
by Lennon Flowersposted Apr 04, 2014
- The secret to learning self-awareness, cooperation, and other “social and emotional learning” skills lies in experience, not in workbooks and rote classroom exercises.
You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter
by David Sobelposted Mar 28, 2014
- New approaches to kindergarten offer us a glimpse of what childhood used to be, and still could be—the modern re-creation of the children’s garden. If we looked to these examples, we might be able to rescue childhood.
Beyond Classic Disney: 5 Great Animated Kids' Films Without the Racial Stereotypes
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Jan 10, 2014
- Many of the Disney classics contain outdated images of racial and gender groups. Luckily, recent animated masterpieces provide alternatives without sacrificing anything in the way of imagination.
How a Chicago Mom Liberated a Foreclosure and Got a Home for Her Four Kids
by Laura Gottesdienerposted Jan 09, 2014
- Displaced by foreclosure, this family took direct action—and got a place to live.
What I Learned About Living Well In My Mother’s Puerto Rican Kitchen
by Melinda Gonzalezposted Dec 24, 2013
- When I was growing up, the conveniences of modern life took over my mother’s kitchen, and our health declined as a result. Here’s what happened when we went back to the way our ancestors dined.