Anecdotes from the Department of Justice’s indictment show the lengths that parents will go to buy their kids’ way into selective colleges.
Young couples attend wedding expos to plan their big day—and quickly learn the steep price of a perfect wedding.
Plus: a dispatch from the March for Life, love letters read aloud, and a disappointing Christmas gift
Plus: selling the family home, parents playing favorites with children, and helping an anxious sibling
Plus: why kids tell such awful jokes, the personality trait that “oils the gears of social interaction,” and how to deal with negative feedback at work
Plus: the dilemma of “white-sounding” names, the case against going out for New Year’s Eve, and moving past a “ruined” wedding
Plus: finding a way through an unspeakable loss, families’ weird holiday traditions, and a question about parents who don’t share their wealth fairly
“Tamales are different not just from country to country, but also from region to region and even from abuela to abuela.”
The silliest, most unique winter holiday rituals submitted by The Atlantic’s readers.
Americans’ obsession with paper towels, the joys of no-gift Christmas, and the confusing request for ‘space’ in relationships
The move could signal a shift in the long, contentious relationship between teachers’ unions and these privately run schools.
Plus: parents’ gender preferences for children, the changing ways LGBTQ youth come out to their family, and a conversation about “emotional labor”
A conversation with the sociologist Mary Robertson on how some queer youth are pleasantly surprised with the lack of family drama the news causes.
Plus: the men who get vasectomies together, the correct time to eat Thanksgiving dinner, and how to rethink an emotionally unfulfilling relationship
Plus: the effects of spanking kids, struggling with a decade-old secret, and the ballooning number of American bridesmaids
A mass shooting just two days after the midterm elections has motivated the young gun-reform activists of March for Our Lives to continue their mission.
Plus: apologizing for a sexual assault, refusing to give in to fear, and ads in kids’ apps
Plus: the families where everyone is behind bars, and the ongoing debate about cohabitation and divorce
Plus: fighting the loneliness epidemic in schools, talking to kids about race, and being an accomplice to an affair
Plus: Declining sperm counts, the problem with time-outs, and the rise of the “engagement photoshoot”