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Dear Therapist: Having a Blended Family Is Causing a Lot of Problems

I’m struggling to connect with my soon-to-be stepkids, and it’s harming the household dynamic.

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Why Don’t More Men Take Their Wives’ Last Names?

The vast majority of U.S. adults think a woman should give up her maiden name when she gets married.

Secrets to a 90-Year Marriage

Karam and Kartari Chand are believed to have been in the world’s longest marriage.

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The Private Worlds of Parents Raising Children Radically Different From Themselves

The documentary Far From the Tree argues against holding parents responsible for their kids’ cognitive or mental-health struggles.

Children at Scripps Ranch KinderCare in San Diego.

An Enormous Study of the Genes Related to Staying in School

Researchers have found 1,271 gene variants associated with years of formal education. That’s important, but not for the obvious reasons.

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Dear Therapist: My Adult Son Walked Out on Me on Mother’s Day

We’ve been growing apart lately, after he got married.

Moms Running for Office Are Finally Advertising Their Motherhood

Having kids used to be considered an impediment to getting elected. Now several women running for office are claiming it as a political asset.

Trailer: The Fight to Reunify Separated Families

An upcoming Atlantic documentary follows a pro bono attorney on her quest to help a migrant mother get her son back.  

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Americans Have Some Pretty Vanilla Sexual Fantasies

A new book on the science of sexual desire finds Americans are surprisingly romantic and loyal to their partners when they fantasize about sex.

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Dear Therapist: I Care About My Friend More Than She Does About Me

I thought we were wedding-invitation close. She, apparently, did not.

‘My Past Has Caught Up to Me’

All his life, Justin managed to escape his own story—until now.

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The Daniel Tiger Doctrine

The creator of the beloved kids’ show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood talks about what makes great children’s TV—and reveals a significant plot development in the upcoming season.

The Downsides of America’s Hyper-Competitive Youth-Soccer Industry

The sport’s top tier is organized around the goal of producing a tiny group of elite players, at the expense of kids’—and parents’—well-being.

How to Raise a Generous Child

Can parents effectively encourage children to share?

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The Rise and Fall of the Family-Vacation Road Trip

Richard Ratay, the author of Don’t Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip, discusses the factors that turned road trips from an individual adventurer’s pursuit into a family activity—and those that led to their decline.

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Why It’s Hard to Protect Domestic-Violence Survivors Online

Restraining orders have evolved to prohibit digital communication, but what happens when they fail?

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Dear Therapist: My Brother’s Behavior Sickens Me. Should I Cut Him Off?

I can’t tolerate his attitude toward my mom, so I’m considering not talking to him anymore.

The Loaded Language Shaping the Trans Conversation

To focus on “desisters”—people who experience gender dysphoria and then ultimately decide not to transition—is to focus on the rarest of cases, and to ignore the vastly more common experience of trans teens: that of being second-guessed.

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The Overlooked Emotions of Sperm Donation

"My hope is that people think about how this is more than a transaction," says one family therapist.

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Dear Therapist: How Do I Stop My Wife From Leaving Me?

I love her, but her criticism just pushes me away.