Does a SAHP even need life insurance?

Does a SAHP even need life insurance?

According to Bankrate.com, the average funeral in the U.S. costs between $8,000 and $10,000. So that's the smallest piece of the extra money your family is going to have to come up with immediately if you die. You all got that much just sitting in an account right now? Didn't think so.

Breaking Bad (Habits)

Breaking Bad (Habits)

The other day, as I was cutting the film off one compartment and removing the sprinkles from another before microwaving some Kid Cuisines, I got to wondering: What if there were a better way to break bad habits faster and get back to the good ones, without resentment?

Let the Games Begin!

Let the Games Begin!

The Must Have Parenting Olympics are drama-filled, to be sure. And every competitor has a great backstory. But there are no gold, silver or bronze medals, only participation awards -- and you only get one of those if you survive until mid-August

Are You a Farmer or a Fisherman?

Are You a Farmer or a Fisherman?

Farmers don't go away. They can't. If they did, the crops would die.

Fishermen don't stay at home. If they did, they wouldn't catch any fish.

So coming from a background where I learned to take for granted that all the people would be more or less attached to the home, it still seems very strange to me that my own little family doesn't look like that.

What's the Point of 'Family Dinner' Without the Whole Family?

What's the Point of 'Family Dinner' Without the Whole Family?

The real benefit in family dinners, no matter which members are present or absent, is in just seeing each other's faces and feeling that sense of tribe, knowing that these are our people and we're walking through this world together.

Is Everyone Farming Without Me?

Is Everyone Farming Without Me?

When one's backyard is a granite-topped outdoor kitchen with a gas-powered fire pit and an under mount Sub Zero chardonnay cooler, where does one put a whole cow?

Solo Parenting Isn't Shift Work

Solo Parenting Isn't Shift Work

Even if he volunteered to stay home with the kids for every single weekend until our youngest child left for college so that I could go off to meditate in the woods, or get a massage in Sedona, or brush up on my blackjack game in Vegas, or just hide in a neutral colored, minimalist room, with nary a PowerPuff Girl in sight, he would never be able to log enough days at home to make up for all of the days he'd missed for deployments and other absences.

Love Money Groupies and #LeanInTogether

Love Money Groupies and #LeanInTogether

Are you "creating a normal life in the middle of an abnormal lifestyle?" You have more in common with the NBA players endorsing #leanintogether than you think.  Take their tips one step farther and get a little more gender equality in your own relationship

I must be doing it wrong

I must be doing it wrong

That product or tip that will make me more [fill in the blank]? At best, it might turn out to be not awful. But do I then decide that the product/tip/strategy was a waste of my time and money? Oh no, no, no.

I decide that I must be doing it wrong.

Because if so many people are so into this thing, if so many people swear that this thing has absolutely changed their lives, then the problem is clearly with me. That's how my thinking goes.

Four Solo-Parenting Tips from an Expert

Four Solo-Parenting Tips from an Expert

Dr. Mary Ann Franco-Kerns really does know her stuff. She isn't just a licensed marriage and family therapist with a doctoral degree who teaches counseling classes, she raised her own daughter from age 7 until 21 as a single mom after her first husband died. In other words, she doesn't just talk the talk, she has walked the walk.

What Tadpoles Taught Me About Solo Parenting

What Tadpoles Taught Me About Solo Parenting

Left to their natural state, they would have gone through all the transformations we've watched these past weeks without having anyone to boil and microwave (and cool!) organic spinach for them to eat. They certainly didn't need me to stand over their bowl and stare every time I took a break from my work.

Are You Lost, Stuck or Scared?

Are You Lost, Stuck or Scared?

Are you feeling lost, stuck or scared when it comes to your own career, Must Have Parent?  Just because you agreed to hold down the fort so your partner could take on a Must Do job does NOT mean you can't have work you love too.  Career Strategist Julie Bauke has a good way to look at this dilemma.

Which 3 Will You Pick?

Which 3 Will You Pick?

Parenting. Maintaining friendships. Work. Spending time with family. Staying fit. Getting sleep. Pick 3.

Knockouts:  Make Faster Decisions

Knockouts: Make Faster Decisions

Making decisions as simple as where to go to dinner can turn into the kind of epic sibling rivalry that requires gloves, a ring and a referee.   Use this Must Have Parent skill to help make decisions quick and easy and keep yourself out of the ring.

Why Solo Parenting Isn't "Shift-Work"

Why Solo Parenting Isn't "Shift-Work"

Even if he volunteered to stay home with the kids for every single weekend until our youngest child left for college so that I could go off to meditate in the woods, or get a massage in Sedona, or brush up on my blackjack game in Vegas, or just hide in a neutral colored, minimalist room, with nary a PowerPuff Girl in sight, he would never be able to log enough days at home to make up for all of the days he'd missed for deployments and other absences.

Give Your Kids The Finger

Give Your Kids The Finger

No Must Have Parent has time to relieve parenting stress with a two-hour yoga class.  We need solutions that work in an instant while the kids are around.  Here are three surprising ways to relieve parenting stress that will bring you instant joy.

Married People Date in Packs

Married People Date in Packs

Dating was simple when it was just one-on-one. When you're married with kids, you date as a family.