Parenting Filter
  1. On “Missing”

    Sara Dorner explores feelings with her four-year-old daughter. “Missing is remembering. How we long is an interpretation of our own worth in this world.”

    Family
  2. Motherless

    “I walk around like I have a lightning rod through me. I can’t sit because I feel like I should be doing something. I pace, and I’m short with the kids, and I picture my life without them all and I feel like my lungs will explode.” A fraught, bittersweet journey from foster to adoptive parent.

    Death
  3. Between Mom and Stepmom

    Sarah Menkedick reflects on the very different—and complementary—ways in which her mother and her stepmother have nurtured her.

    Longreads
    Illustration by Giselle Potter
  4. 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
  5. The Book And The Baby

    Sarah Menkedick on publishing her first book: “By the time it comes out the intensive period that held and fostered its creation has passed. . . And so to hold this book in my hands also felt like holding my child’s babyhood, and my nascent motherhood, realizing that I have come through it.”

    Essay
    Photo by Jorge Santiago
  6. Motherhood and Waiting: An Essay Series at Motherwell

    Dive into “Motherhood and Waiting,” a series of essays from Motherwell.

    Essay
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Allowing Time for the Gears to Turn

    Faced with a seemingly unanswerable problem? Maybe all your mind needs is time — a lesson mom and blogger Pam Armstrong relearned from her eight-year-old son and a book of math puzzles.

    Education
  10. All The Small Things

    At Busy Mockingbird, Mica talks about sparking creativity in kids: “So give them the good supplies! Let them try the real things! Show them how, and see where they take it. It only takes a little time and attention . . . “

    Art
  11. “Is It Hard To Be A Mom?”

    In the surreal spin of a busy morning, Nicki reflects on motherhood: “Four brown lunch bags stand smartly on the counter in front of me, eagerly awaiting their contents. They remind me of Hanukkah candles just before they’re lit — neat and upright, promising magic and surprise.”

    Family
  12. Art
    Comic by Sarah Laing
  13. What do I tell my daughter, Mr. President?

    Marlo Mack wants answers from President Trump: “I keep it vague. ‘Some people are scared of transgender people.’ ‘But why, Mama?’ she asks. ‘What’s scary about me?’ The car gets very quiet. I don’t have an answer. Do you, Mr. President?”

    Commentary
    Photo by Marlo Mack
  14. What we neglect when the children are young

    “But what nobody told me while my house was falling apart is that I would start to see clearly again, how this particular fog would lift.” At Motherwell, Lauren Apfel reflects on reclaiming her body — and her house — once on the other side of pre-schoolhood.

    Essay
  15. What’s the Secret to Making New Dad Mates?

    Making friends as a 36-year-old with an 11-month-old baby isn’t quite the same as making friends as a 26-year-old single guy. One new dad shares his hard-won tips.

    Family