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I’m an author, podcast co-host, insistent optimist, and parent of two almost-adults. And I’m glad you’re here because the best things in life begin with a good conversation.

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What feeds us

I consider the Parent Hacks blog and the 10+-year community, conversation and book that came out of it to be my proudest achievement as a writer. The friendships that began here sustain me to this day.

But as my kids grew and my focus shifted, my day-to-day life evolved beyond that space. So did the conversational and info-gathering tools available to new parents. That’s not a bad or sad thing — it’s a reflection of Parent Hacks’s natural lifespan. I feel about that arc as I feel about my own kids’ growth. Kids are meant to outgrow their childhoods. That’s a joyful thing.

What I didn’t notice during this natural evolution was a creeping emptiness. I’m not talking about mourning the loss of parenting little kids (I am so much happier as the parent of teens). I’m talking about how, as I unconsciously shifted my online time to social media platforms, I began to feel more and more lonely.

Can Blogs Rebuild America?

Dear old-school bloggers,

Back in the early 2000s, we started blogs, and started talking to each other, and became friends. REAL friends. We had no idea our individual, independent contributions would link up to create a movement that revolutionized media, marketing, and the national conversation (in my case, about parenting, but on other topics, too).

Remember what the media landscape was like back then? Traditional publishing and media was closed to most, so very few people had access to an audience. We were part of changing that. It wasn’t “influence” or “personal branding” back then, it began as community.

Our voices and the gathering spaces they created changed our world. I think we’re in a moment when we can do that again.

Episode 153: Finding Peace When Kids Struggle

It’s hard to see your kid struggling. During times of family stress, self-care becomes even more elusive than ever, even though it’s that much more more important.

In Episode 153 of the Edit Your Life podcast, we talk about how to find peace in the midst of family struggles. And though we talk about the importance of caring for yourself, we do NOT utter the tired adage about “putting your own oxygen mask on first.” (When I was going through dark times with my family, that phrase made me want to scream.)

Episode 152: Weird Parenting Wins with Hillary Frank

Let’s face it; becoming a parent is weird. All of a sudden we’re tasked with the biggest responsibility of our lives: growing another human being. The good news? Parenting ingenuity is an endlessly renewable resource! In Episode 152, Asha interviews Hillary Frank, creator of The Longest Shortest Time podcast and author of Weird Parenting Wins: Bathtub Dining, Family Screams, and other Hacks from the Parenting Trenches.

Episode 151: Winter Wellness, Pt. 2

FOOD. It’s one of our favorite topics, and something that’s on our minds as we think about how to support our winter health. In Episode 151 (part 2 of a 2-episode winter wellness series), Christine and Asha share tips for eating simply, healthfully, and deliciously during the winter. They talk about how to keep meals interesting when produce options are slim, ideas for using up what’s in the fridge, and embracing the seasonal flow of your food preferences (including a lean toward comfort food).