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Meeting Wall-E

When my son, Beckett, was two, I took him to see “Wall-E” – his first movie theater experience.  I had a feeling it was the wrong choice for someone still...

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Soursop Leaves

The soursop might just be the best tasting fruit we've ever had--super sweet, amazing texture...but apparently the leaves when made into a tea are a real miracle....

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Let it Glow

The Polar Vortex that's forced us into hibernation this month has left me, along with legions of Midwestern parents, weary of constant school closings, fearful of...

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Dear Husband

Dear Husband, You are a wonderful man in so many ways—a loyal companion, a strong and loving father, a hard worker and provider—and for that I am grateful....

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Ninja!

My son, Beckett, is a sliver of a child; all limbs and eyelashes, pale as paper. A sweet boy of seven, he could be cast as Cindy Lou Who’s older brother. But...

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Sunshine

Going out together with a group of friends felt weird the first time I did it. Most of my friends, if not all, are married or in committed relationships. To those...

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Birth Control

My husband just sent me the announcement from Netflix that Season 9 is now on Netflix, and his subject line was "birth control". There are very few shows I can watch...

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Kids Eating

No one wants their kid to be a picky eater, not least of all a guy like me; I've basically built my entire adult life around food and drink. I've spent time preparing...

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Handstands

It’s July. Not every minute is crammed with camps or classes. The other day my five year-old draped a Duplo dinosaur with a strand of buttered linguine as if pasta...

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We were recently at Rori's Artisanal Creamery in Santa Barbara, and when they give out samples, they use small, non-disposable spoons. Such a good idea, especially...

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Let Them Do It

Our friend Lela had a dinner party this weekend, and deputized the kids to completely deal with the table setting. The kids (ages 4,7,9) picked the flowers, put...

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L.L. Bean Hack

The L.L. Bean Boat and Tote is an American beach favorite--there is no doubt about it. It is big, durable, customizable, even stands up on its own, unlike its floppy...

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Salamander RIP

So remember those salamanders I was so excited about a few months ago? After three months, they're dead. We're not sure how or why, they both died within a couple...

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Buyover

Yes it is nice to silently appreciate and value the reliable workhorse products we use on any (or every) given day, but one of my tasks today made me want to shout...

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Got Milk?

We got some “never-thought-this-day-would-come” news this week; Amelia outgrew her dairy allergy. After we left the allergist’s office, we went straight to...

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Did you know that Ikea offers a free breakfast on Mondays until 11am, and that kids eat free on Tuesdays, from 11am until closing time. Another thing to add to the...

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Trend We Like

Waitrose, which is something like the Whole Foods of the UK, has a great program called Community Matters. Each month, each store picks three local charities to...

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Cry Baby

My husband has never been great around crying women. The minute my eyes well up during an argument, he gets that look. The one that says, “Why are you acting like...

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Mom Guilt

Sometimes I feel like a dad in a bra. I travel a lot for work and often miss two-weeks’ worth of Lego masterpieces, bathtub confessionals, bedtime tuck-ins...

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Swiss Delivery

I gave birth to my first child in Switzerland, where healthcare is a lot like Obamacare. It was a midwife-attended hospital birth and nothing like the scary depictions...

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He’s Off

About 2 minutes ago my eldest child was born. Okay, maybe it was 3. But it doesn't really matter, that exact number. What matters is it just happened. It truly...

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Allergy Bags

Amelia was only a year old when her father and I discovered she had food allergies. At that point, it was entirely our responsibility to make sure we always had...

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Momma Love

Last year, in honor of Mother's Day, we featured the writing and photographs of Ali Smith. She shared with us some powerful stories of motherhood, and we are grateful...

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Spring Babies

Maybe it’s a little case of spring fever, but I find myself particularly excited for the new crop of babies coming into my life this season. Like the first snowdrops...

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Seeking

In my younger days, I was an infinite seeker. I spent a lot of time exploring the meaning of life, the way I wanted to live it, and the idiosyncracies of myself...

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Dear Doc,

The idea for this column came about when I emailed my good friend, Jon Maksik, recounting a moment of parental failing (see below). My self-inflicted wound from...

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Cleaning Rings

I can never seem to get my engagement ring clean--no matter how much I soak it in cleaner and scrub it with a brush, it just doesn't...well...smell right. I think...

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Gone Fishing

To unplug, or not...we're fascinated by how much controversy this subject brings up, even just among our own friends. Why is it that pulling out an iPhone to pacify...

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Only In Sweden

I love that the Swedes have an amusement park where kids are encouraged to handle saws, nails, hammers, and wood that is so rough you'd get a splinter just looking...

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Showtime

These days, every time I sit down in our upstairs hallway after dinner I have the same thought. Is this the last time I’m going to watch A Show? “A Show:”...

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Dadfilter

In honor of Father’s Day (June 19th), we decided to give some of the stage over to all of the amazing dad writers, photographers, and contributors in our lives....

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The Natural

When I was fifteen my parents took me to see Damn Yankees, a hit Broadway musical in which a paunchy fifty-year old real estate salesman named Joe Boyd is tempted...

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Anna Quindlen

To most, Anna Quindlen is the bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, whose column, Public and Private, still leaves a gaping hold on the New York...

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Imaginary Foe

When my son Beckett was three, he had a whole posse of imaginary friends: There was Bip and Lap, tween brothers who lived by themselves in a brick office building...

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Figuring it Out

How to Make a Meat Pie, and Other Tales of the Ambitious Mother. Making a meat pie for your infant requires love, patience and every pot you own, but yields unexpected...

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Hindsight

You should know from the start that I never was an instinctual mother. I have spent more than 25 years in what Grace Paley called “the mommy trades”, but I didn’t...

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On the Pile

Unless you have been living in a hermitage for the past year, there's a good chance that you've read Swedish novelist Stieg Larsson's Millennium Trilogy (The Girl...

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Kinderconundrum

A couple of years ago, my wife and I were in the classic push-or-hold kindergarten dilemma with regard to our elder son, who wouldn’t be five till November. First...

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It Can Be Done

Surfwise is a fascinating documentary, particularly if you've ever had the urge to scrap it all and travel the world with your family. It chronicles Doc Paskowitz,...

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Water Wars

I've been confused for a long time as to what is the best solution for our drinking water: tap, delivered spring water, a Brita that never gets its filter changed...


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