Category: Home Economics

Sunday prep school, Real Simple, and what’s really simple

When studying time logs for I Know How She Does It, I realized that people tended to fall into two camps. There was the “Organized Camp,” full of folks who prepped meals on Sunday for the week, did a load of laundry daily so it never stacked up, and the like. Then there were people in the “Good Enough Camp.” These folks (I include myself in this) did what we h… read more »

Links: 100 hour couples, the gender gap

I'm cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year, and hosting a big crew, so I'll be signing off for a few days. In the meantime, here are a few links to my stories I've alluded to here in past weeks: Fast Company: Here's How Parents Who Work 100 Hours A Week Get Everything Done. So the title is a wee bit misleading. It's two-income families where the *total* work hours to… read more »

A different portrait of a modern family

Last Thursday at 7 a.m., a visitor to my house would have seen this: me, standing over the waffle maker, making about a dozen waffles over the course of 20 minutes. I try to do up breakfast when the kids are all up with me. They ate the waffles and the baby nursed, and then they experienced one of those upsides of big family life, the instant playdate. All four of them… read more »

No one has to lean back

As I’ve been traveling to a somewhat ridiculous number of places these past six weeks, I’ve gotten used to certain questions. People often ask how I came to the topic of time management (I really wish I had a better story). People ask if I discovered anything in my research for I Know How She Does It that surprised me (not on the big stuff. But I’ll throw some… read more »

The hard truth about becoming a work-at-home parent

Crystal Paine is known online as the “Money Saving Mom.” The focus of her site is deals and sales, but her new book coming out next month has a different twist. It’s called Money Making Mom, and taps into a particular economic and cultural phenomenon that’s worth examining. Here are some realities. Middle-class incomes have been stagnant (if not dec… read more »