Chelsea Clinton’s best-selling book sells motherhood short.

Something about this book bothered me, and when I looked into it, I saw that of the women that Chelsea Clinton portrayed, most of them are lesbians without children, or they don’t have kids when they achieve their accomplishments.

Harriet Tubman, Helen Keller, Clara Lemlich, Nellie Bly, Virginia Apgar, Maria Tallchief, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges, Margaret Chase Smith, Sally Ride, Florence Griffith Joyner, Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Sotomayor

If they have any kids, they have them later. In fact, none of them “persist” when they are mothers.

“She persisted” is pretty much only possible when you don’t have a family that…

How you track your steps matters way less than who you do it with.

Elite athletes are now maintaining their level of performance in their 40s and beyond. What can they teach the rest of us?

Recently I was interviewed in Literary Mama about my graphic novel work. This is a big honor because LM is one of the original thinking mom publications, which ultimately gave rise to the mommy blogging universe.

cartoon by Jessica Carew Kraft

The terrific interviewer, Natalie Tomlin, asked me this provocative question:

“One of your illustrations caught my attention: a mom with a baby in the backseat that is captioned ‘Does your brain atrophy when you spend the day with your child?’ As a new stay-at-home mom used to the rigors of academia, I had to laugh, as I often ask myself versions of that question…

Illustration by Aart-Jan Venema

Doctors could soon prescribe screen time for children with ADHD.

I n the video game Project: EVO, you navigate roiling river rapids while dodging rapidly shifting obstacles and connecting with friendly flying characters. To earn stars and advance to the next level, you have to demonstrate multitasking mastery. Unlike other games that reward these kinds of skills, in this one you must prove to the game’s algorithm that you have made a leap in neurological function.

This is no ordinary entertainment — it’s a video game designed to lessen the symptoms of ADHD. And one day soon, it may be available by prescription and reimbursed by your insurance company.


illustration by Jessica Carew Kraft, 2012

In a state that recently debated whether to give K-12 science educators the option to forego the teaching of evolution, Professor Christopher Lynn is preparing undergraduates for careers that revolve around that very topic. Lynn teaches biological anthropology at the University of Alabama and conducts research into the way cultural behaviors affect biomarkers for stress, immunity, and relaxation, often probing into how these behaviors have evolved. He’s training his students to leverage this knowledge for modern-day applications in fields ranging from medicine and fitness to NGO work.

This discipline was long characterized as “physical anthropology” to separate it from archaeology…

By Jessica Carew Kraft

Health practitioners recommend that adults try to log 10,000 steps a day to be in optimal physical shape. Companies that produce fitness trackers have seized upon this recommendation to launch a movement of obsessive enthusiasts who gamify their lives by constantly monitoring their step counts. Leading the pack of wearable trackers, Fitbit encourages users to compete against one another in daily and weekly challenges on its app.

As a new Fitbit user, I thought I was doing pretty well with the tracker, regularly logging 12,000 or more steps each day while working a full-time job. I’d…

Jessica Carew Kraft

An anthropologically trained writer, artist, and naturalist writing about education, health and rewilding. Mother to two girls in the East Bay, CA.

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