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‘For-Now Parents’ and ‘Big Feelings’: How Sesame Street Talks About Trauma

“The Muppets can often do what humans can’t. They’ve got this special power.”

Dear Therapist: I’m Hiding Something From My Therapist

Every time I try to talk about my problem, I just start crying.

The Misplaced Fears About the United States’ Declining Fertility Rate

Many women may not be abstaining from having children, but simply delaying it.

Two Boy Scouts Met in an Internment Camp, and Grew Up to Work in Congress

“Out of that short experience came this wonderful, beautiful relationship. I just love Alan.”

The 2020 Presidential Candidates’ Families Look Like Americans’

As the country’s household structures diversify, the image of a first family is broadening.

How a Gay Character on Arthur Reflects Changing Norms in the U.S.

This week, PBS portrayed a same-sex relationship on a children’s TV series—and got much more positive feedback than the last time it tried.

The New Long-Distance Relationship

The same technological and economic developments that are pulling couples apart are also making geographic separation less stressful and more enjoyable.

The Trouble With Fathering 114 Kids

A suitor on The Bachelorette says he is a sperm donor with 114 kids—is that too many?

Dear Therapist: Do I Need to Have ‘the Talk’ Again With My Daughter?

She just told me she’s gay. I’ve already talked to her about sex with boys—how do I talk to her about girls?

Even Breadwinning Wives Don’t Get Equality at Home

When Americans think about fixing gender equality, they tend to focus on the workplace. But gender equality for women still lags in another realm: their own houses.

Why American Moms Can’t Get Enough Expert Parenting Advice

Women are struggling to balance work and family, and they're hoping that the latest podcast, book, magazine article, or class is going to offer them an answer.

Listening to My Neighbors Fight

When people are crammed into cities, there’s not much privacy, and neighbors become spectators to one another’s personal lives.

The Reign of ‘Emma’ and ‘Liam’ Continues

New data on the most popular baby names of 2018 reveal that long vowels and smooth consonants ruled once again—while the very ’80s name of an actual royal made a resurgence.

Onboarding a New Friend

“Everyone in the office was like, ‘Are you the new Courtney? She was amazing.’ And I was like, ‘Oh my God, I have such big shoes to fill.’”

When Was the Last Time American Children Were So Afraid?

Students used to duck and cover. Now they have lockdown drills.

The Particular Cruelty of Domestic Violence

America’s broken legal system, combined with cultural beliefs about family, pressures women to stay in violent, dangerous marriages.

What Does It Mean to Be ‘Ready’ for a Relationship?

You don’t have to love yourself before you can love someone else.

The New Royal Baby’s Historical Significance

As norms around family life have shifted over the centuries, so have the royals.

Dear Therapist: My Stepson’s Mother Kept a Big Secret From Him

His mother had to give up her first boy for adoption, and she never told her second son. I don’t know whether I owe him the truth.

The Moms Who Were Extremely Online in 1993

“In the early days, it was so hard to describe us. People were like, ‘What are you talking about?’”