Kristi Pahr

Kristi Pahr is a veteran freelance writer and editor and a mother of two who covers policy and government as they relate to parenting and families as well as health, lifestyle, and cannabis. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, InStyle, and many others. You can follow Kristi on Twitter at @kristipahr.

LGBTQ+ Rights

This Map Shows States Where Trans Kids Are Safest And Most At Risk

After the midterms, the landscape of states that might try to hurt trans kids — and states that might try to help them — has shifted.

Child Tax Credit

Will There Be A Child Tax Credit For 2023? Democrat Senators Are Pushing For It

Before the end of 2022, a group of senators are trying to squeeze in a child tax credit plan.

Student Loans

Supreme Court Has Taken Up The Student Loan Forgiveness Plan — Here’s What To Know

As the Supreme Court agrees to hear whether Biden overstepped his authority in canceling student loans, here’s what that means for the rest of us.

Pass (On) The Salt

Heart Disease Prevention: Study Finds Easy Way To Slash Heart Disease Risk By 20%

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for adults. But you can slash your risk with one small action.

Catching zzz's

Your Bedtime Routine Might Be Hurting Your Toddler's Development, Study Suggests

A new study found that there was a big difference between passive sleep techniques like reading a book and active ones like going for a spin around the block.

Work-Life Balance

UK 4 Day Work Week: 100 Companies Make Permanent Shift

The shift to the 4 day work week is part of a global trend reorienting our relationship to work, and to the rest of our lives.

Policy Matters

Rising Housing Costs Hurt Our Wallets And Our Health, Study Finds

When housing costs explode, preventable deaths rise. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Gimme A Break!

How (And When) To Get Your Inflation Reduction Act Tax Credits

The Inflation Reduction Act gives out $499 billion in spending and tax breaks for energy efficiency. Here’s how to get your slice of the pie.

Student Loans

Will Biden's Student Loan Pause Be Extended? 200+ Orgs Push Biden To Extend Pause

As Biden’s student loan cancellation plan gets locked up in courts, hundreds of organizations are urging Biden to extend the student loan payment pause.

Families

Bill To Protect Same-Sex And Interracial Families Could Provide Critical Protection

The ‘Respect for Marriage Act’ will likely become law. Here’s what you need to know.

Student Loans

The Student Loan Forgiveness Plan Is In Legal Limbo. But Don’t Panic Just Yet

As Biden’s plan to cancel student loans hits a legal limbo, there are some programs that remain intact — and hope is on the horizon.

Get $$$

Deadline For 9 Million Americans To Get Late Stimulus Checks, Child Tax Credit Incoming

Millions of Americans who qualify for both stimulus checks and Child Tax Credit payments haven’t yet received them. The deadline to get them is approaching rapidly.

Good Golly

Heck Yeah! New Mexican Voters Just Made Child Care A Constitutional Right

They became the first state in the country to do so, and it won’t just be a right in theory.

Rent Cost

Rent Costs Are Exploding. A New Bill Fighting “Wall Street Landlords” Might Help.

The “Stop Wall Street Landlords Act” could make it easier for first-time buyers who have been squeezed out of home ownership to enter the market.

Mental Health

Biden Will Finally Beef Up Mental Health Resources At Schools

Our kids are currently struggling with a mental health crisis.

Student Debt!

Paid Your Loans During The Pandemic Pause? Refund Checks Are Coming

If you paid down your loans during the pandemic payment pause, you could get a check in the mail.

Plastic Waste

95% Of Plastic Waste Wasn't Recycled In 2021, Greenpeace Report Says

Plastic waste is meant to be recycled. A new report shows that most of it in the United States is not.

Fall Foliage

Do You Need To Rake The Leaves In Your Yard? "No Rake Fall" Says Not Really

Put down the trash bag full of leaves, and open yourself up to a world of possibility.

Medical Debt

1 In 10 Americans Hold Over $5,000 In Medical Debt. Arizona’s Proposition 209 Could Help Them

A new ballot measure would cap interest on medical debt, and protect debtor’s assets from seizure. If the law passes.

Leaking Stoves

Gas Stoves Leak Dangerous Benzene, Study Says, But You Can Reduce Your Exposure

And you don't have to spend thousands of dollars to do so — yet.