Family Filter
  1. Appalachian Trail Redemption

    “I’ve come to believe that a long hike has a biological cycle. Like almost everything—life, relationships, civilizations, songs, stories, stars—it is born in explosive uncertainty.” At Appalachia Journal, Ben Montgomery writes on divorce, loss, and taking his kids on a 244-mile walk to make sense of it all.

    Essay
    Photo via Ben Montgomery
  2. Think.Make.Share.

    The blog from the creative studios at Hallmark — the well-known greeting card company — shares DIY and craft ideas for parties, events, holidays, and more.

    Art
  3. Green Kitchen Stories

    David and Luise’s Green Kitchen Stories offers healthy and modern vegetarian recipes for the entire family. Their food photography, personal posts, and travel tips are also worth the visit.

    Cooking
  4. Lonely Planet Kids

    Lonely Planet Kids — an offshoot of the popular travel guide company –inspires children to be curious about the world. The site features books, activities, family travel posts, and more.

    Books
  5. Brightly

    Brightly, a site in partnership with Penguin Random House, helps parents grow lifelong readers. Find books for kids, reading strategies, age-specific book lists, exclusive author content, and more.

    Authors
  6. Respect the Intelligences of Kids with Intellectual Disabilities

    Thoughts from Heather Kirn Lanier, who is the mother of Fiona, a child with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome: “They are treated, in other words, like banks, where the teacher deposits information and then, at a later date, requests that the information be returned back.”

    Family
  7. The Gospel According to Scruffy

    Jane Barter meditates on losing her pet dog: “I tried to sing his name again…but my voice sounded strange; I can no longer find the right note. I realize I will never say his name rightly again; that his proper name must now become silence…”

    Animals
  8. “Perhaps one of the strangest sensations I’ve encountered, poised on the brink of motherhood, is the fact that even though I am reading copiously about babies and parenthood, I don’t know anything more than I did before.”

    Commentary
  9. Talking To My Kid About Disability

    “After a while, a boy not unkindly asks my daughter, ‘Why is your Mummy in a wheelchair?’ My heart squeezed.” Lorna at Gin & Lemonade writes about talking to her daughter, Isla, about disability.  

    Family
  10. “…Larry grabbed me and asked if I would be writing about him. I told him I could if he wanted me to, but only if he wanted me to. Tears suddenly sprang to his eyes and he said, “As long as you make it beautiful. Because it was. The whole thing. Even the hard parts.”

    Death
  11. Wonder Woman

    “We’re all a little weird thanks to our mothers. I’m carrying that tradition on with my own children.” Mary Laura Philpott, who blogged previously at I Miss You When I Blink, shares an excerpt from her new essay collection at Longreads.

    Authors
  12. Mom’s Lessons

    After her mom’s cancer diagnosis, a daughter reflects on her mom’s joyous approach to the time she has remaining: “This faith is a gift from my mother and very likely, my best lesson.”

    Family
  13. motherhood emerging

    At Tea & Bannock, shayla snowshoe reflects on the joys of mothering her daughter, Dani-Mae: “But with each passing day, I become more aware of myself as a person and the strength that I carry.”

    Family
    Images by shayla snowshoe
  14. An Extraordinary Machine

    “Same kid. Different wrapper.” In 2004, the Smartypants family adopted baby Nora. In 2018, they amended Nora’s Certificate of Foreign Birth when Nora transitioned, changing his name Aaron.

    Family
  15. Life & Soul Magazine

    Life & Soul Magazine publishes and curates stories, profiles, and reviews that focus on sustainable lifestyles, from food and design to travel.

    Cooking