I'm a single mom and a blogger which means trouble. Before joining The Stir I contributed to blogs like Civil Eats and One Little Bite. I know how to spatchcock a chicken, split an infinitive with insouciance, build a tomato cage out of chicken wire, and shoot a bow and arrow. I've lived in New York City for almost 20 years, which makes me official. I lean in because I'm hard of hearing.
Did you know? The couple who eats pizza together every Friday stays together. Well, it works for one couple, anyway. As part of their relationship contract, "Newlyweds" TV show alums Tina Sugandh and Tarz Ludwigsen vowed to always have Pizza Friday together. This means they agree to "keep this time free from all phone calls and other interruptions. No friends or business colleagues will be invited to Pizza Fridays."
Wow, a tall order to follow for the modern couple. But I think it's a great idea. My son and I do Taco Tuesday, and we love it. (It's not just for Legos.) I think we're a bit looser on the rules -- friends are willing to join us. But the point is, it's our food ritual, and it helps us connect at least once a week. Over food. Which makes connecting awesome.
It happens. People who don't really want kids end up becoming parents anyway. Photographer Phillip Toledano is one of those people. "I liked [kids] in an abstract sense," he writes, "in the same way that exercise seems appealing, but in practice, utterly tedious." When his wife Carla became pregnant he says he was "neither ready nor vastly enthused." (Oh Carla, I'm so sorry...) He documented his daughter Loulou's first two years -- and his experience as a father -- in his blog, The Reluctant Father, now a beautiful book by the same name. And guess what? What started out as "misery" -- yes, he uses that word, misery -- eventually turned into joy.
I think it's easy for parents to worry about the wrong things, sometimes. We show up with our preconceived notions, our own personal hangups and agendas. And then we get blindsided by what our children really need. When it comes to boys, there's one thing they're craving, that they're often told they can't have: Closeness. Why is that? Because we're too busy telling them to do something else: Man up.
The team that brought us the project Miss Representation has introduced a new project: The Mask You Live In. It's all about how destructive it is for us to keep telling our boys to man up. Here's a trailer for their film that may change the way you talk with your son.
Trailer homes get a bad rap for being -- okay, fine, I'll say it -- "trashy." And sure, there are plenty of people out there who seem only too happy to feed that stereotype by refusing to care for their home. But not everyone who lives in a trailer park is like that! Check out what some talented people have done with their trailer homes. They prove that it doesn't matter how small your house is, or where it's located, it can be beautiful if you care enough.
You may have noticed that the Eastern European country Ukraine made headlines this week. Revolution has rocked the capital city, Kiev, through the winter. And now, a part of Ukraine called Crimea may break off and become part of Russia -- and world leaders like President Obama are alarmed. What's all the fuss about? And why should we care? Here's the quick and dirty on the Russia-Ukraine conflict.