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The Atlantic

Dear Therapist: Should I Contact My Birth Mom?

I feel an urge to get in touch, but I’m worried my adoptive parents will be hurt.

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The Bargain at the Heart of the Kid Internet

A proliferation of free, entertaining online content often leads parents, kids, and tech companies to overlook—or worse, disregard—data-privacy laws.

Are Helicopter Parents Ruining a Generation?

“We will have among us a young adult population that doesn't know how to ‘hashtag adult.’”

Dear Therapist: My Fiancé Is a Slacker Around the House

Should I be worried about how much responsibility he’ll take on as a dad?

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The Never-Ending Task of Shielding Black Kids From Negative Stereotypes

Many black parents vigilantly curate the books, movies, and toys their children are exposed to—with mixed success.

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How I Talk to My Daughter About Climate Change

As a reporter covering the environment, I'm all too aware of what the next 50 years could hold. As a 9-year-old, she's not—and for now, she wants to stay that way.

Dear Therapist: Will I Ever Get Over My Wife's Death?

We were married for 47 years, and I can’t picture life without her.

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'Free-Range' Parenting's Unfair Double Standard

When poorer mothers and fathers let their children play unsupervised, they come under suspicion.

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Doing Dishes Is the Worst

This is now an empirically proven fact. Dishwashing causes more relationship distress than any other household task.  

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'I Married a Jew,' 80 Years Later

An Atlantic essay published in 1939 found its modern counterpart in a much-criticized Washington Post piece published in 2018.

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Is King All That We Are Allowed to Become?

Americans both black and white often use the civil-rights leader’s memory more to chide black youth than to inspire them.

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The Family Weekly

Highlights from this week’s coverage on relationships and family life

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Mormons’ Weekly Family Ritual Is an Antidote to Fast-Paced Living

Family home evening—regular time set aside for praying and playing—has taken on new relevance a century after it was conceived.

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Today's Rebels Are Model Children

The young protesters now on the march are responsible and mature—and they’re asking adults to grow up.

Dear Therapist: My Son Has an Impractical, Ridiculous Career Plan

He wants to be a stand-up comedian. I don’t want him living in my basement at age 35.

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A Grandpa's-Eye View of the March for Our Lives

He hadn't been to a demonstration since the early '60s, but the energy of the post-Parkland movement drove him to go.

The Family Weekly: Welcome to The Atlantic's Family Section

Highlights from this week’s coverage on relationships and family life

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The Forever Aftermath of a Mass Shooting

Americans affected by gun violence talk about trauma, grieving, and intermittent hope.

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Our Lives Since the 2016 Pulse Shooting: Christine Leinonen's and Brandon Wolf's Stories

“My heart died when Christopher died.”