Families & Homes
Place, community, and the people we love.
What Our Kids Can Teach Us About Trying Over
by Shannon Hayesposted Mar 15, 2013
- Children’s future happiness is not tied to how well they behave or whether they will be able to hold a job. It is tied to their ability to create with their minds and their hands.
Shooting Stars and Living Spirit
by Roberto Vargasposted Feb 01, 2013
4 Lessons for Growing a Family Farm across Generations
by Shannon Hayesposted Feb 01, 2013
- Breaking our families into nuclear units has an ecological and emotional cost. Could the multigenerational farm remind us where to turn for a viable future?
Tomorrow, We March on Washington to End the Gun Violence
by Rev. Jacqui Lewisposted Jan 25, 2013
- Twenty-two times more children have been killed by guns since 1979 than military personnel in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. Rev. Jacqui Lewis on why all of us—from clergy to factory workers—must not be too sad, too busy, or too afraid to say, enough.
Married with Children? It’s Not the End of Individuality
by Shannon Hayesposted Jan 16, 2013
- Sometimes Shannon Hayes finds herself missing the days before she was a mother. But the circle of familial give-and-take love makes the trade-off worth it.
Six Ways to Stay Warm without Central Heating
by Malcolm Harrisposted Jan 07, 2013
- Whether you’re looking for ways to save a few bucks or to be kinder to the environment, these are some fun tips to fight the cold.
10 Things Science Taught Us About Happiness in 2012
by Jason Marsh, Lauren Klein, Jeremy Adam Smithposted Jan 04, 2013
- Last year’s most surprising, provocative, and inspiring findings on the science of living a meaningful life.
Want to Find Holiday Joy? Start by Lowering Expectations
by Christine Carterposted Dec 26, 2012
- Video: Christine Carter offers three tips to avoid holiday stress and experience the joys of the season.
4 Reminders of Human Goodness After Sandy Hook
by Jeremy Adam Smithposted Dec 21, 2012
- Following the heartbreak in Newtown, many Americans find themselves wondering—are people just horrible? Jeremy Adam Smith on why compassion, forgiveness, and resilience are everywhere, even in tragedy.
5 Holiday Parlor Games to Make Your Gatherings More Fun
by Laura Beans, Fabien Tepperposted Dec 19, 2012
- Spoons, sardines, telephone charades, and other activities to put a boost in your get-togethers.
The Gift of Remembering Those We’ve Lost
by Shannon Hayesposted Dec 17, 2012
- All of us lose loved ones over the course of our lives, and the pain of those losses is especially sharp during the holiday season. Passing on their memories to younger generations is a gift that truly lasts.
3 Lessons for Gracious Living in a Stuff-Filled Season
by Fran Kortenposted Dec 13, 2012
- Last year, YES! publisher Fran Korten shared her efforts to move more stuff out of her house than into it. With the season of “stuff” upon us again, here’s what she’s learned about unstuffing her life.
Washington Tribe Welcomes State’s First Same-Sex Weddings
by Sarah van Gelderposted Dec 12, 2012
- This weekend, the S’Klallam tribe made the historic Heronswood botanical gardens available free of charge to gay and lesbian couples who wanted to get married on the first day it was legal.
Connect With Your Family Across the Table—and the Political Divide
by Joan Bladesposted Nov 21, 2012
- Is it possible to gracefully navigate the potential minefield of political discussions at family gatherings? Suspending judgment, looking for common ground, and speaking from the heart can help. After all, these are people you love.
Is Time With Family Better Than Shopping?
posted Nov 21, 2012
- Video: This Black Friday, celebrate your favorite non-shopping activity with this invitation from The Story of Stuff Project.