Category: Home Economics

Time strategy #1: Tend your garden

Since becoming suburbanites five years ago, my family has been experimenting with gardening. We planted produce in the same spot for a few years, then realized tomato plants and other such things needed new soil from time to time to thrive. This spring my husband constructed two raised wooden gardening boxes, and we planted a host of vegetables in them. It go… read more »

The working stay-at-home mom

In the usual narrative about women's life choices, you are "working" or "staying at home." These are discrete identities. They are sometimes cast as ideologically opposed, if people feel like drumming up the mommy wars (and its clicks and comments). While the broad trend over two generations has been an increase in women in the workforce, there have been oc… read more »

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 »