I know — it seems like this is all I talk about anymore, but I wanted to direct your attention to a special report airing on Anderson Cooper tonight. It’s called #Being13: Inside the Secret World of Teens. Academics and researchers tracked hundreds of eighth graders through their social media accounts over a two-year period to find out what exactly… Read more »

A Week of Lunches

This week I did an “instagram takeover” for @LalaLunchbox — a really cool meal-planning app for kids and parents that I highly advise checking out — and had a few revelations about the process, none of which, amazingly, involve the state of my mental health. 1) Phoebe, my 13-year-old, is content to have a turkey and cheddar sandwich with mustard… Read more »

Sherry Turkle, an MIT professor who has been researching the effect of technology on relationships and behavior for thirty years, first got my attention a few years ago when her book Alone Together was published. If our kids are always tethered to their devices, she said in one interview (I’m paraphrasing), if they don’t know how to be alone with… Read more »

Friday Round-up

What we’re reading and eating (and dreaming of) this week: A very special exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt! (God forbid any Pixar news goes un-reported on this blog.) We drizzled Sean Brock’s Homemade Barbecue Sauce on ribs last weekend and now we want to drizzle it on everything. In defense of Moms on Their Phones. (I totally narrate, do you?) Ruth Reichl’s refrigerator door. (Uh,… Read more »

Gratitude Bites

Earlier this week I was a guest on “Radio Times,” a public affairs show out of Philadelphia’s WHYY/NPR Sirius. (Thanks to those of you who listened and got in touch!) Joe Yonan, longtime Washington Post food editor (and author of Eat Your Vegetables), and I were there to talk about dinner, namely how to get it on the table without… Read more »

I know. I’m prone to saying that — “my new favorite” — but here’s the thing, I mean it every time! Truth be told, it’s easy to abuse the phrase when we’re talking chicken, because I, like the rest of America, am always grateful for a simple new way to get my family’s favorite protein on the table fast. This… Read more »

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