Home Economics

Real Simple and the laundry

Real Simple magazine has been around for about 15 years, and there are only so many aspects of daily life to be simplified. So the magazine turned its attention to laundry, again, for its August 2014 issue. The advice is perfectly reasonable and helpful: you probably need less detergent! But I’ll admit that I was a bit puzzled by Kristin van Ogtrop’s edito… read more »

Total playroom entropy

So I did not do much housework while the family was out of the house over the last week. However, I felt I could do a few hours, especially when I had no power for close to 24 hours and my computer was out of juice. I decided to tackle the basement playroom. This was quite an undertaking.
At some point in the course of 3 children and their friends playing with a complex v… read more »

Sustainable progress

I’ve been a bit, um, swamped this week. It’s the usual problem of attempting to take a week off, in this case before the 4th. I wind up needing to do 2 weeks’ worth of work at once, including writing about 8 different articles. Good times.
So I’ve put myself on a strict schedule. Every article has been given a day. I give myself the morning to write 2 article… read more »

How do I start a business when I’ve got a bundle of kids around here?

In the post earlier this week on The Nesting Place, a few comments raised the question of how to start a business when you don’t have the cash for childcare. You hope the business will eventually bring in enough to pay for childcare, a great house, trips to Tahiti, retirement, innovative philanthropic work, etc., but it probably won’t right away. It is the… read more »

What does it mean to stay home?

The Pew Research Center came out with a report a few weeks ago on stay at home moms in America. The headline out of the report was that the proportion of stay-at-home mothers was rising, to 29 percent of all women with kids. Perhaps this conjures up an image of women chucking their briefcases for hearth and home, but deeper within the report were some more interes… read more »