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The cover of 'The Snowy Day' by Ezra Jack Keats.

What Captivates Children About The Snowy Day?

Ezra Jack Keats’s picture book is the most checked-out volume of all time at the New York Public Library. A professor of children’s literature examines why the book has connected with so many kids.

A 97-Year-Old Philosopher Ponders Life and Death: 'What Is the Point?'

Herbert Fingarette once argued that there was no reason to fear death. At 97, his own mortality began to haunt him.

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Bianca Bagnarelli

Dear Therapist: My Roommate Is Cheating on Her Boyfriend With Me

She wants to have a casual relationship with me while staying with him and I’m afraid to leave her.

Why William and Kate Are a ‘Fairy Tale’ but Harry and Meghan Are ‘Couple Goals’

What if, instead of sweeping a young woman up into the glamour and luxury of life as a royal, the handsome prince instead prioritized what she wanted?

How Night Nannies Fit Into Affluent Urban Family Life

Hiring overnight help allows new parents to get sleep and keep up with the demands of their job. It’s also really expensive.

A black-and-white photo of a couple looking unhappy

How Negativity Can Kill a Relationship

Successful marriages are defined not by improvement, but by avoiding decline.

A boy shoveling snow while wearing shorts.

The Boys Who Wear Shorts All Winter

The kid who refuses to wear pants is a familiar sight to parents, students, and educators—and a mystifying one. What’s so great about being underdressed?

How Cities Became Childless

Welcome to the future of urban living, where young people have to make a choice: money or babies?

What It’s Like to Date After Middle Age

Newly single older people are finding a dating landscape vastly different from the one they knew in their 20s and 30s.

A toddler feeding an elderly woman from a fork.

Gen-X Women Are Caught in a Generational Tug-of-War

The average caregiver is a 49-year-old woman, and the demands of caregiving seem likely to increase.

New born babies in an American hospital 1950

The High Cost of Having a Baby in America

The average delivery now costs more than $4,500—even with insurance.

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The Concession to Climate Change I Will Not Make

I’ve never thought we should stop having children. But I will have to teach our son to wonder at the world before he learns to fear for it.

An illustration of a woman whose head is covered in fog, trying not to engage with the woman sitting next to her.

Dear Therapist: I Can’t Stand My Sister-in-Law

Everything about her rubs me the wrong way.

The Couples Who Sleep ‘Together’ Over Videochat

Keeping a camera running overnight can provide a sense of comfort—or at least a confirmation of fidelity.

The Most Memorable Family and Education Interviews of the Year

Our reporters reflect on the words and ideas that resonated with them in 2019.

An illustration of a woman looking out her window while a man sleeps.

Dear Therapist: I Survived Cancer, but Now I’m Afraid My Husband Resents Me

He regrets retiring early to take care of me when I was diagnosed.

An illustration of friends on a the back of a pickup truck filled with Christmas trees.

A Harebrained Scheme to Sell Christmas Trees on the Streets of New York

“People were in the right place at the right time. That’s its own small Christmas miracle, I guess.”

An illustration of a birthday cupcake being placed into a Christmas stocking.

The Christmas Baby’s Dilemma

Combining two celebrations into one day can be a gift or a curse.

A photo of Noam Osband in his Santa costume.

Confessions of a Jewish Santa

They wanted dinosaurs and fire trucks, American Girl dolls and Uggs, and they wanted their grandma to get healthy.