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I Used to Clean Houses. Then I Hired a Maid.

I know how grueling the job can be, and I swore I’d never ask someone to do it for me. But then I found myself in need of help.

Kid Chess Champions Share Their Secrets

Meet pint-size future grand masters at the 2019 Elementary Chess Championships.

How College Changes the Parent-Child Relationship

The distance can actually strengthen the bond.

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Dear Therapist: I Can’t Stop Thinking About My Therapist’s Grindr Profile

I now know intimate details about his sexual preferences, and feel like I can’t interact with him normally.

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Whom Would You Trust If You Were Trapped in the Airport During a Coup?

“We were strong for each other. I don’t think I could have been as clever or as grounded had it been just me by myself.”

The Hidden Costs of P.E.

Physical-education programs were designed to encourage health and fitness, but they may be counterproductive.

Back-to-School Night Is Hard for Single Parents

Meant to be welcoming, such events can make solo parents feel isolated.

The Price of Ascending America’s Class Ladder

Being upwardly mobile can come at a cost to people’s relationships with the family, friends, and community they grew up with.

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Befriending the Queen of Chess

“These idols I’ve had, they were just like real human beings, not some distant star that wouldn’t even talk to you.”

Why Are American Homes So Big?

The U.S. is in the top tier of house sizes internationally—and it’s not just because of McMansions.

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I Won’t Buy My Teenagers Smartphones

Denying a teen a smartphone in 2019 is a tough decision, and one that requires an organized and impenetrable defense.

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Everything My Husband Wasn’t There For

I raised my daughters alone after my husband died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Now they’re grown, and I’m finally coming up for air.

What Happened to Wilson?

A reporter follows a lead about a mysterious office building filled with children.

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Dear Therapist: I Divorced My Dying Wife Once She Was No Longer Lucid

After five years of being her caregiver, I couldn’t bear the emotional or financial costs alone any longer.

Can Facebook Fix the Dating World Tinder Created?

Before dating apps like Tinder, dates usually resulted from at least some baseline level of shared experience. Facebook wants to turn back the clock.

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The Unique Friendship Between Astronauts

“Spaceflight makes you try to be a little bit more understanding, a little bit nicer, and try to see other points of view. Because all of humanity is right down there and you’re looking at it.”

Why It’s So Hard for Young People to Date Offline

Meet-cutes are hard when nobody wants to talk to strangers.

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What Immigration Attorneys Are Telling Their Clients Now: ‘Brace Yourselves’

Advocates fear that new Trump-administration rules will leave the public in a “world of darkness.”

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Dear Therapist: My Sister Constantly Complains, but Won’t Do Anything to Change

I want to have a good relationship with her, but I feel overwhelmed by her negativity.

Family Reunions: Not Just for Grandparents

At a time when Americans are yearning for closeness, such gatherings are popular across generations.