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How a Negotiation Expert Would Bargain With a Kid

Some tactical suggestions for managing volatile, sometimes nonsensical negotiation partners

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Turn-of-the-Century Thinkers Weren’t Sure If Women Could Vote and Be Mothers at the Same Time

In the years leading up to the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment, Atlantic writers often pitted political participation against domestic duty.

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Are McMansions Making People Any Happier?

Homes have gotten bigger, but Americans aren’t any more pleased with the extra space.

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One Day, All of This Will Be Embarrassing

Kids—and some grown-ups too—are over the days of “sharenting.”

Men Aren’t Quite Sure How to Be Abortion-Rights Activists

Does a movement that proclaims a deep belief in women’s autonomy have a place for male voices?

Dear Therapist: I Don’t Understand Why My Son Won’t Talk to Me

My husband and I live close to him, but he rarely visits us.

The Friends Who Have Been Playing the Same Game of Dungeons & Dragons for 30 Years

“It’s an excuse for us to constantly keep in touch and not drift away.”

The Myth That Babies Look More Like Their Dads

People love to point out that infants resemble their fathers, even when they don’t.

‘We Aren’t Free—We Are Limited to Hiding Behind Veils’

In one of the most dangerous countries in the world for women, three courageous Pakistanis put their lives on the line in the fight for equality.

Dear Therapist: It’s Hard to Accept Being Single

Listening to my friends talk about their relationship problems is getting really tough.

The Friends Whose Kids All Have the Same Rare Disease

“It’s a backwards kind of friendship. You get in with the most vulnerable parts of your heart first.”

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The Case Against Grit

David Epstein’s new book, Range, argues that starting a specialized path early and doggedly sticking to it may not be as rewarding as trying a variety of things and quitting the unfulfilling ones.

How Successful Are the Marriages of People With Divorced Parents?

Marital instability can be inherited—but less often than it used to be.

The Controversial Kid ASMR Community

The videos, which use quiet sounds to trigger “tingles,” can be a type of sensory play. But some outside the community—and at YouTube—worry that child-made ASMR skirts the edges of inappropriate content.

Dear Therapist: My Friends Stopped Talking to Me After My Divorce

I’ve tried to be respectful to my ex-wife and keep things private, but our mutual friends seem to be taking her side.

Where Is the Black Blueberries for Sal?

A lot of beloved storybook characters scavenge food in the wild, go on bear hunts, and otherwise explore the natural world, and almost all of them are white.

The Boring Intimacy of the All-Day Group Chat

“Any little decision, I always have to consult them. There’s never a moment where I’m not considering, What would Jess and Sha tell me to do?

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The Couples Who Get Married on a Weekday

One in five weddings now takes place during the workweek (and not just because it’s cheaper).

Something Is Changing in the Way People Eat at Home

Out with the kitchen table, and in with the couch.