Families & Homes
Place, community, and the people we love.
Less Stuff, More Heart: 5 Gifts On a New Dad’s Christmas List
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Dec 13, 2013
- This is my first Christmas as a father. Since my baby has never known holiday commercialism, it's made me re-examine what I really want to ask for this year.
Can Football Teach Boys Compassion Instead of Aggression? Two Videos Show Us It Can.
by Ariel Cheslerposted Dec 06, 2013
- Two videos making the rounds online show us what happens when boys embrace their vulnerability and support one another's emotional needs.
StoryCorps: On Black Friday, Don’t Shop For Loved Ones—Listen to Them
by Natalie Lubsenposted Nov 28, 2013
- Finish out the holiday week by taking a few minutes to record the story of someone you love. We guarantee it will mean more to you than shopping.
Dear Michelle Obama: If We Want to Curb Childhood Obesity, Sesame Street Is Not Going to Cut It
by Erin Sagenposted Nov 08, 2013
- Can a licensing deal between Sesame Street and the Produce Marketing Association truly improve childhood health? Maybe, but grassroots solutions already exist.
A New Dad Asks, If Male Violence Is the Biggest Threat to Women—How Do I Raise a Kind Son?
by Christopher Zumski Finkeposted Oct 09, 2013
- The idea of having a baby boy scared me: What kind of man will he grow up to be? Here’s what I learned about what it takes to raise compassionate men.
The Radical Homemaker's Guide to Sex Talks
by Shannon Hayesposted Sep 04, 2013
- Living a happy life in love is the most important sexual education we can give our kids.
How We Went Back to School, Macklemore Style
by Frida Berriganposted Sep 04, 2013
- For a more sustainable start to the school year, just follow the Seattle-based rapper to that thrift store down the road.
When You've Built a Life of Joys, the Biggest Challenge Is Choosing
by Shannon Hayesposted Aug 26, 2013
- I've built a life filled with work I love. But the challenge of choosing among competing joys is very real.
Putting My Kids' Art in the Trash: How I Got Past the Guilt
by Shannon Hayesposted Aug 20, 2013
- It feels bad to throw away the crayon drawings and unfinished projects. But the memories stored there can never really be lost.
How a “Dog Person” Learned to Love a Neighbor’s Kid
by Shannon Hayesposted Aug 06, 2013
- I never expected to develop such a strong connection with another person’s child. But once it happened, I had to learn how to let her go.
How to Design Our Neighborhoods for Happiness
by Jay Walljasperposted Jul 26, 2013
- When we share our yards, sidewalks, and other common spaces, we find a greater sense of belonging and connection to those around us.
It Takes Time: Why Sustainable Farming Can’t Be Rushed
by Shannon Hayesposted Jul 24, 2013
- Maybe there’s something deeper to the stereotype of old-school farmers as plodding, slow-moving people.
Stay Weird or Fit In? It’s Your Kid’s Decision
by Shannon Hayesposted Jul 05, 2013
- Wearing a sunhat and a cape because you want to is innocence. Doing so when you know others don’t like it is bravery.
Five Reasons Why It’s a Good Time to Be a Dad
by Jeremy Adam Smithposted Jun 14, 2013
- Gone are the days of the emotionally distant breadwinner. Today’s dads are more and more involved in their kids’ lives.
How Afternoon French Lessons Turned Friends into Family
by Shannon Hayesposted Jun 12, 2013
- I was afraid of being judged by a neighbor who began giving free French lessons to my kids. But the worries melted away as our friendship grew deeper.