This Week in Family
The importance of having tough conversations came up in stories about two very different kinds of relationships: those between family members and those between complete strangers.
When the writer Robin Marantz Henig started pining for grandchildren, bringing up the topic with her daughters seemed it’d be like entering an emotional minefield. She quickly found out that there’s “no such thing as an innocent question” when it comes to asking adult children about their plans for childbearing, and that it’s best to approach the conversation with a lot of empathy—a parent and their adult child might have very different visions of the child’s family.
Roommate horror stories are hardly just the stuff of college dorms. As the cost of rent has risen in many cities around the country, more and more American adults are creating homes with complete strangers. Allie Volpe writes about how living with nonfamily members in such an intimate setting can create conflict, but also harmony. One expert’s advice? Treat the roommate search like speed-dating, and have some honest conversations about what everyone’s expecting.
When stories of family separations started to make national news earlier this summer, it was the first time many Americans had seen immigration officials take parents away from their children at the border. However, it’s far from the first time that Latin American families have been pulled apart as a result of American policies. Natalie Escobar, an Atlantic editorial fellow, wrote about the century-long history of families unwillingly separated by the U.S.-Mexico border.