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Mister Rogers and the Art of Paying Attention

The beloved children’s-show host knew what was at the heart of human relationships.

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Dear Therapist: My Girlfriend and I Are at a Crossroads in Our Relationship

She wants to start a family now, but I don’t want to make a decision based on her biological timeline.

The Master-Chef Sisters of Hungarian Strudel

Ilona and Erzsébet are quirky elderly bakers whose traditional pastries feed a village.

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Seven Autumns of Mourning in Newtown

The weeks between Halloween and December 14, the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, are heavy with memory for the entire community.

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Boomers Are Not Okay

Older voters warp their countries’ policies because of their political power. One British politician has a plan to end that dominance.

A Liberal Mom’s Critical Texts to Her Son, a Fox News Host

Jesse Watters regularly reads messages from his mother aloud on air, exemplifying a political rift present in many American households.

The Rise of the Warehouse Wedding

A challenger to the barn wedding—the reigning template for chic, relaxed celebrations—has emerged.

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Why Child Care Is So Ridiculously Expensive

Three broad reasons obtaining care for kids now costs as much as buying a brand new Hyundai Elantra each year

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Dear Therapist: I Will Probably Take the Secret of My Sexuality to the Grave

I’ve gone through life pretending, and my heart aches.

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What’s Lost When Black Children Are Socialized Into a White World

I interviewed dozens of black mothers about how they help their kids navigate schools where they might be perceived as threats or made to feel unwelcome.

The Best Parenting Advice Is to Go Live in Europe

Many Americans are fascinated by the child-rearing practices of other countries, but those practices might be harder to import than they seem.

Why Everyone Should Sleep Alone

On the virtues of splitting up for the night

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Dear Therapist: My Dad Expects Me to Spend Thanksgiving With His New Family

My parents recently divorced, and I’m not ready to spend the holiday with new people.

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Navigating the ‘Old Boys’ Club’ of Science, With a Friend

“It allows me to do my science better when I feel like I have a community.”

The College Campuses That Moonlight as Wedding Venues

Some schools rent out their facilities, bringing in extra revenue during a time of widespread budgetary woes.

How Many People Have to Die Before We’re Done With Gender Reveals?

Sadly, this is not a hypothetical question.

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Dear Therapist: My Daughter Moved Back Home and Treats Me Like a Roommate

She’s been bringing a steady stream of men back to my house, and her behavior is testing my patience.

Life in One of the Whitest Towns in America

Anna, Illinois, has a long history of excluding black people. Where does that leave it today?

What Happens to Relationships When Sex Hurts

Women who suffer from the chronic-pain condition vulvodynia often feel isolated from their partners. But a better medical understanding is helping.