Satisficing Chicken Salad

Tom Scocca · 09/09/15 11:43AM

There are lots of ways to make sophisticated and delicious chicken salad. This is not one of those ways. This is problem-solving: It is morning, and you need to pack a lunch off to school or camp, and the school or camp is peanut-free. Luckily, for these purposes, this is the kind of week where you’re already falling behind, so dinner last night was a store-bought roast chicken. The carcass is in the fridge.

Couple Spends $2 Million Extra to Protect Kids From Perilous Stairs

Tom Scocca · 07/31/14 12:54PM

Here is an explanation, from the New York Times, of why a family of five—having bought a Brooklyn townhouse for $1.7 million, renovated it top to bottom for an undisclosed amount of money, and seen it burn down in a construction accident at the very moment of completion—decided it would be necessary, as a next step, to go shopping "in the $4 million range" for a roomy apartment in downtown Manhattan:

Tom Scocca · 07/15/14 05:00PM

Is it shameful to use mobile devices while minding children? The argument basically has two interesting angles. One is the pro-shame camp's failure to recognize phones can take snapshots. The other is how the parenting talk largely ignores paid caregivers and how mobile devices make their jobs less lonesome and boring.

​Do Not Pimp Your Child Out on Social Media

Tom Scocca · 07/09/14 10:44AM

How much social-media exposure should your small children get? One answer, for parents who appropriately respect but are perhaps also in denial about the invasive power of the internet, is "none." Don't Facebook your kid, don't Vine your kid, don't Tweet about your kid. That's probably the correct answer, the way not letting your child see any television at all is the correct answer. Good luck!