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Writer, reader, social observer, creative activist, parent of adults. Author of PARENT HACKS and other books.

the BLOG

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Fall Check-In

Seasonal transition is the name of the game right now. In Episode 243, Christine and I talk about what is happening for us in terms of self, family, work, home, and more…all within the context of the pandemic, of course.

College Application First Steps

Summer is winding down, which means that college application stress is winding up. High school seniors and their families face unique challenges this second COVID-touched school year, so I wanted to share my perspective. In Episode 242, I offer an inside look at what it was like to support two very different kids through the college application process (the youngest of whom is days away from starting as a college freshman). Listen now for tips, perspective, and, hopefully, comfort, as you embark on this sometimes-maddening, exciting ride with your almost-flown kid.

Summer Socializing

Like so much else during this pandemic, peoples’ experiences of vaccinated life are all over the map. In Episode 240 Christine and I talk about how to handle summer socializing in a way that brings joyful human connection while also staying true to what feels right for you and the people in your household.

Raising Functional + Kind Kids with Catherine Newman

There are obvious reasons why it’s a good thing to teach kids to be functional human beings. But learning how to do things and how to be helpful and kind has deeper importance, impacts relationships, and is backed by science. In Episode 239, Christine talks to Catherine Newman, author of How to Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn Before You’re Grown Up. Christine and Catherine talk about the connection between happiness and being a functional human being, why it matters for relationships and community, and more.

Summer Plans

In Episode 238 of the Edit Your Life podcast, Christine and I talk about our summer plans for family, friends, health, and travel — and avoiding overcompensation.