Everybody Calm The Fuck Down About Your Sunscreen

I was hoping this summer would be a quiet one for sunscreen. Yes, the Environmental Working Group published its annual sunscreen guide, but I figured the staggering amount of criticism the EWG receives might finally persuade everyone in the media to ignore it. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. Despite the bad press, recent articles …


Book Review: The Opposite of Spoiled

Raise your hands, parents, if you love talking to your kids about money. Anyone? Anyone? If, like me, you agree that it’s important to have open and frank discussions with your children, especially about money, and you intend to, any moment now, just as soon as you figure out how …

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When saying NO to your kids becomes an endurance event

On a recent Saturday morning, just a few short weeks after Christmas, I had this conversation with my 5-year-old: Me: I’m running out to get some dog food and bird seed. Him: Can I come with you? Me: Yes, you can come. However, you are not getting anything. No toys. …

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No really, what about the men?

Earlier this week, Fortune published a confessional think piece titled Female company president: “I’m sorry to all the mothers I worked with”. It is an interesting piece and one I can relate to from the other side of the desk as a woman and a mother. I will never know …

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Make Her a Damn Burrito: Raising the Young Artist

Here at chez delagar, we’re all working artists.  Dr. Skull is a poet and a musician; I write science fiction.  The kid runs a web comic which has (literally) hundreds of dedicated fans and (now) a spin-off comic of its own. This is exactly the sort of life I always …

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The Audacity of a Mother Who Hates Making Dinner

Mother and writer Virginia Heffernan recently dared to ask the question What If You just Hate Making Dinner? Nostalgic for pizza delivery and frozen dinners, Heffernan finds “mother cookbooks” like 100 Days of Real Food, The Family Cooks, and Dinner: A Love Story (at best) discouraging and (at worst) condescending. She’s blunt about …

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Part-Time Parenting

For the past five months, I’ve done a lot of travelling for business — I’m on the road just about every other week — and I expect that to continue into the foreseeable future. This wasn’t what my job was like previously…if I traveled at all, it was once or …

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General Mills Buys Annie’s Homegrown, Anti-GMO Proponents Go Berserk

The news broke a couple days ago: General Mills will buy Annie’s Homegrown for $820 million. This is no big deal, figuratively speaking. Yes it’s a close to billion dollar deal, but companies get bought and sold all the time. If you’re unfamiliar with Annie’s Homegrown, it makes “all-natural,” “healthy,” …

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So What about Allowances? Or, Putting My Kid on Salary

Maybe your parents were like mine. When I was coming up, we didn’t get paid for work we did around the house. When I say work, I don’t mean we made our beds and maybe helped Mama dust.  I mean work. From the time I was eight, I was doing …