Writer, reader, parent of adults. Author of PARENT HACKS and other books + the Parent of Adults newsletter on Substack.

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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.

Supporting Aging Loved Ones

In Episode 235 of the Edit Your Life podcast, Christine and I talk about ways to support aging loved ones, including practical matters such as wills and estate planning, emotional issues such as dealing with siblings, and ways to enjoy time with aging loved ones in the present.