Category: Home Economics

Holiday time tips

Over the years, I have seen some pretty silly ideas for saving time during the holidays. For instance, once of my old Good Housekeeping magazines from the 1960s suggests giving children toys to keep them out of the kitchen while you're making cookies, as if cookies needed to be baked for their own sake, as opposed to being something fun you do with your childr… read more »

The great pet debate

We are deeply embroiled in the Great Pet Debate of 2016 at my house. The kids want a pet. I think they all (including my husband) might like a dog, but I am pretty dead set against that. A cat has been floated as a compromise. My kids liked the new kitten their cousins got. My 9-year-old observed what was involved in feeding the (indoor) cat and dealing with the lit… read more »

An expensive T-shirt, but cheap coats

After the painful ordeal of running a half-marathon in 84 degree heat in June, I had decided to take a time-out on races. While I like to run, and like to run long, the hassle of driving somewhere, parking, waiting at the start, and then dealing with race conditions, did not hold much appeal for me anymore. But then, a few weeks ago, I saw that the Philly half-marat… read more »

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 »