Mom has turned time management into an absolute art. Before the kids find the color-matching pair of socks in the morning she has the lunch boxes all prepared. The carrots are cut and the sandwiches still have their crust on. Because, what’s wrong with the crust, it’s bread just browner. As soon as she comes from work she’ll prepare one of the 7 simple recipes she’s memorized from her favorite cookbook. Wednesday is stir-fry day. Friday? Chicken and broccoli with mashed potatoes. Fast doesn’t have to mean unhealthy. Monday is cheat day. Macaroni and cheese. Because Mondays are hard enough as is.

Buy a low maintenance, no-nonsense knife to help with fully packed schedules. Between a full time job, driving the kids to ballet and judo classes, who has the time to watch patina form.