By Tonya Graser Smith and Kate Kovats Being a human is stressful. Being a parent is stressful. Being an employee is stressful. Being a – you fill in the blank – is stressful. Laird Hamilton talks about stress and the risks and rewards of it on his...

By Tonya Graser Smith Each family embraces certain winter holiday traditions. Lighting candles. Baking cookies. Watching “A Christmas Story” or “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” The tradition we’re cultivating in the Smith household: Spending less time on screens and more time on games. Good old-fashioned board games and...

By Kate Kovats Newly separated or divorced might not sound like a recipe for a great Thanksgiving. I promise you it can be – even if you are missing family traditions or it’s the first time you won’t be with your children for the holiday. You still...

By Tonya Graser Smith Now that fall is here, I thought it would be seasonally appropriate to talk about what I call the “pumpkin spice divorce.” Pumpkin spice isn’t just for lattes anymore. There’s pumpkin spice everything – beer, candles, Spam (Pumpkin Spice Spam!) and more –...

By Tonya Graser Smith My son, my first-born, started kindergarten a few weeks ago. This milestone made me reflect on Robert Fulghum’s classic essay, “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten,” from the book by the same name. The author calls it his...

By Tonya Graser Smith I want to talk about grandparents. We honored them on Sunday with Grandparents Day – and with good reason. Grandparents are special. Growing up I’ll never forget the 1:1 time I had with my grandparents during summertime visits to New York and Connecticut....