GIVEAWAY: Tickets to the Portland screening of BOYHOOD

BOYHOOD Movie

It’s one thing to make a movie. It’s another to do something completely new with the medium. From the promotional material for BOYHOOD: Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, Richard Linklater’s BOYHOOD is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason (a breakthrough performance by Ellar Coltrane), […]

Should you force your kids into new activities?

Kids on a zip line

When Christine and I launched our book Minimalist Parenting, interviewers inevitably asked us: But aren’t you afraid “minimalist parenting” will lead to lazy, unmotivated kids? It’s not a bad question. How can kids come to know their capabilities without a push (sometimes a firm one) out of their comfort zones? Kristen Howerton wrote a fantastic piece about […]

Summer fitness deal: structure + flexibility + $10 discount through Friday

Aspire Fitness NW Summer Fitness Challenge

Summer fitness! Easier in some ways (sun, warmth) but harder in others (lack of school year routine, vacation "breaks). If you're looking for support, the next session of "Home Sweat Home" — my friend Alisa's 8-week online strength training program — is about to begin. Alisa is a fabulous personal trainer and motivator extraordinaire, and […]

The prologue to the introduction to the next chapter

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I spent last week writing a post about what's next for Parent Hacks. The post is crap. Seriously, it sucks. Be glad I didn't publish it. I then went offline for three days to chaperone my daughter's camp field trip in the Oregon desert. It was an amazing experience: high desert ecology, 5th grade social […]

Happy Mother’s Day, friends

Photo credit: Flower by Solarisgirl/Flickr

I hope you've got special plans today. Maybe your family has planned something…or not. Maybe they're scrambling because they forgot. Maybe none of you are the planning types. It doesn't matter. Take a deep breath and embrace this day as yours. Listen to something uplifting or funny. If you're lucky enough to be in one of […]

Minimalist Parenting Giveaway

Iris-gamechanger

Sometimes the world lines things up in such a way that you feel the need to shout THANK YOU. Now is one of those times. Minimalist Parenting was nominated for two Iris Awards: Game Changer and Philanthropic Work (for our #HelpWomenAtRisk project with the ONE Campaign). To be recognized by — and to celebrate with […]