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The Case for Buying a House With Friends

“Looking around our culture, I think a lot of people are starting to experience the limits of individualism.”

A Couples Therapist Analyzes the Marriage in Marriage Story

“I’d love to get them into my office.”

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How the Loss of the Landline Is Changing Family Life

The shared phone was a space of spontaneous connection for the entire household.

The Ripple Effects of Taking SNAP Benefits From One Person

A new Trump-administration rule will cut food assistance for nearly 700,000 Americans, also affecting many of their relatives and housemates.

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Dear Therapist: My Son Is Angry About the Way He Was Treated Last Christmas

He returned home a year ago feeling sad and anxious. We tried to be supportive, but he felt slighted and he’s not over it.

Why Your Kid Loves the Garbage Truck So Much

For some kids, the weekly trash pickup is a must-see spectacle. Parents, children, waste-management professionals, and experts on childhood all offer theories as to why.

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Mister Rogers and the Art of Paying Attention

The beloved children’s-show host knew what was at the heart of human relationships.

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Dear Therapist: My Girlfriend and I Are at a Crossroads in Our Relationship

She wants to start a family now, but I don’t want to make a decision based on her biological timeline.

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These Friends’ Collaborative Playlist Has Strict, Elaborate Rules

“Technology nowadays allows people to have music that’s personalized to them … but it also allows people to collaborate in ways that we weren’t able to before.”

The Master-Chef Sisters of Hungarian Strudel

Ilona and Erzsébet are quirky elderly bakers whose traditional pastries feed a village.

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Seven Autumns of Mourning in Newtown

The weeks between Halloween and December 14, the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, are heavy with memory for the entire community.

Older voters listen to Boris Johnson speak in June 2019.

Boomers Are Not Okay

Older voters warp their countries’ policies because of their political power. One British politician has a plan to end that dominance.

A Liberal Mom’s Critical Texts to Her Son, a Fox News Host

Jesse Watters regularly reads messages from his mother aloud on air, exemplifying a political rift present in many American households.

The Rise of the Warehouse Wedding

A challenger to the barn wedding—the reigning template for chic, relaxed celebrations—has emerged.

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Why Child Care Is So Ridiculously Expensive

Three broad reasons obtaining care for kids now costs as much as buying a brand new Hyundai Elantra each year

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Dear Therapist: I Will Probably Take the Secret of My Sexuality to the Grave

I’ve gone through life pretending, and my heart aches.

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What’s Lost When Black Children Are Socialized Into a White World

I interviewed dozens of black mothers about how they help their kids navigate schools where they might be perceived as threats or made to feel unwelcome.

The Best Parenting Advice Is to Go Live in Europe

Many Americans are fascinated by the child-rearing practices of other countries, but those practices might be harder to import than they seem.

Why Everyone Should Sleep Alone

On the virtues of splitting up for the night

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Dear Therapist: My Dad Expects Me to Spend Thanksgiving With His New Family

My parents recently divorced, and I’m not ready to spend the holiday with new people.