Families & Homes
Place, community, and the people we love.
Empathy and Elephants: What I Learned From Talking to My Kids About Poaching
by Shannon Hayesposted Jul 23, 2014
- What at first seemed like a disturbing reaction to an article was all about my kids finding something they could relate to in the story.
Paris Launched a Kid-Friendly Bike Share. Could the U.S. Be Next?
by Yessenia Funesposted Jul 14, 2014
- The city's mayor says the move will boost cycling in decades to come, creating a greener and more sociable city.
The Radical Homemaker's Guide To Telling Your Kids "No"
by Shannon Hayesposted Jul 08, 2014
- As a mother, I have made life choices that can’t always include everything my children want—like hiking the Adirondacks. Here’s how I learned to overcome the guilt.
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.