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The holiday isn’t just for couples anymore. Does that make it better or worse?
Many Americans are reimagining life at home, exploring models of kinship and community that might help more people flourish.
The end of a weekend has always been unpleasant, but there is something distinctly modern about the anxiety many people feel on the eve of a workweek.
Giving children their own cart teaches them about courtesy and commerce while building families’ loyalty to the store.
The diets of expectant mothers—from the mundane to the unusual—can become imbued with deep symbolic meaning for their children.
It’s surprisingly hard to find a good term for people in late life.
A generous policy is of little use when work culture heavily discourages men from taking time off.
And what a child thinks of that advice
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A merciless new design aims to cut down on the time workers spend away from their desks.
Secret Santa gift exchanges at work make many people grinchy—for good reason.
Jesse Watters regularly reads messages from his mother aloud on air, exemplifying a political rift present in many American households.
Many Americans are fascinated by the child-rearing practices of other countries, but those practices might be harder to import than they seem.
Some wealthy parents are concerned that after a certain point, money passed down will be damaging to the next generation.
A lot rides on how parents present the activity to their kids.
Being upwardly mobile can come at a cost to people’s relationships with the family, friends, and community they grew up with.
The U.S. is in the top tier of house sizes internationally—and it’s not just because of McMansions.
I investigated the origins of my face wash and stumbled into the peculiar world of private-label products.