Family Filter
  1. Family Genes

    All the males in Neil Kramer’s family had an inherited muscular disorder — but none of them ever talked about it, or sought help. Neil breaks that pattern.

    Family
  2. Daddy Coping in Style

    E.C. Knox is a dad to two little boys, and you can learn from his mistakes. “Parents: I’m speeding up my ‘traveling with little kids’ travel series and jumping to the conclusion – little kids are the reason for all-inclusive Cancun resorts.”

    Family
  3. Sketching Family

    The family that sketches together stays together! Parents Peter and Sabine and children Vincent (17), Lilli (15), and Richard (10) all share their art here. (Note: site is in German.)

    Art
  4. The Comfort of Familiar Things

    Jennifer Balink has been thinking about getting a tattoo — and the idea leads her to reflect about family, permanence, and a Mother’s Day gift from years ago.

    Essay
  5. Mother’s Day Strike

    Alexis Kanda-Olmstead advocates for a Mother’s Day Strike: “We don’t labor on Labor Day, so why should we mother on Mother’s Day?”

    Family
  6. The Winter Almost Broke Me; the Spring May Not Be Long Enough

    Evelyn Shoop on postpartum depression: “I need to have somewhere to come to remember how deep and raw the wound of postpartum depression felt, so that it can hopefully, maybe, allow me to approach others with deep compassion even when the memories fade.”

    Family
  7. My mum, the pilot

    Hey Loons’ mother became the first lady pilot in Assam, British India, in 1961: “. . . without radios gaining permission to land was simply a case of circling the airstrip until the light at the control tower turned green.”

    Family
  8. I Did My Hair in Case Matt Damon Showed Up to My Lumpectomy

    “I looked pretty, I thought, pretty enough for surgery and possibly Matt Damon.” Sara Dorner, a mother of two, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Here, she reflects on her diagnosis with a bit of humor.

    Death
  9. Her.

    Sarah reflects on a complicated history she refuses to repeat. “I can tell you that I loved my grandmother deeply, and yet most of the tears I’ve shed over her death were for myself, because I wished that she were different.”

    Abuse
  10. Start New

    “Sean knows me, recognizes these lows after 18 years together, and has mastered worrying from a gentle distance.” When Amanda feels herself sliding, she trusts those closest to her to shepherd her toward the sunshine.

    Family
  11. Ellie on the Appalachian Trail

    Follow the adventures of Derrick, Bekah, and 12-month-old baby Ellie as the family traverses all 2,185 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

    Exploration
  12. My Daughter’s Birth

    After her partner gave birth to their daughter, blogger and scholar Lucy Allen reflects on a complicated delivery, made more so by hospital staff making her feel unequal and unacknowledged as a parent.

    Essay
  13. 8Duffels & 2Mutts

    This family of six (two parents, two toddlers, and two mutts) left Iowa for Ecuador, selling everything they owned and leaving behind everyone they knew. “This is our story, the tale of our evolution. The journey of our quest to live with less stuff and more ‘us.’”

    Exploration
  14. Moved by Kim

    “Through his tears, he asked if they’d let him use heroin there.” Seth Davis Branitz on his brother’s drug addiction and death, and burying his entire immediate family within two months.

    Death
  15. Art
    Painting by Kelly Anona Kerrigan