Parenting Filter
  1. 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
  2. “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
  3. Art
    Comic by Sarah Laing
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. A Dash of Color: Four Crafts and DIY Blogs to Explore

    From homemade toys to party decorations, these sites inspire visitors to add a touch of whimsy (and good design) to their everyday lives.

    Art

    No-sew masks by Flax & Twine.

  8. Holiday Travel Nightmare, Reimagined as The Oregon Trail

    Author Rebecca Schuman had a straightforward family trip planned from Missouri to Oregon. The travel gods decided to make it a little more interesting (by which we mean, “incredibly miserable”).

    Family
  9. Simple Scimum

    How are jellyfish born? Why does exercise hurt? Next time your (or someone else’s) curious kid stumps you with a science-related question, head to Simple Scimum for accessible, thoughtful explanations.

    Education
  10. I Would Rather Sit on a Pumpkin…

    Clara Lucille on solitude’s restorative properties: “And yet, for solitude to find its value, it must be broken. Solitude is most effective when it is short.”

    Parenting
  11. A Letter From My Daughters, and a Letter to Myself

    “We need our best people — people with integrity — to commit themselves to public service.”

    Parenting
    Photo via Hillary for America (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
  12. Motherwell

    Motherwell tells all sides of the parenting story and is a space for parents to gather and think deeply: “The idea of a well conjures up images of community, of depth, of the essential nature of water.”

    Family
  13. My Egyptian Fortune Cookie

    Lisa Lim’s stepfather abducted her sister: “There was one mistress my mother called Saint Lena who swelled with compassion for my mother. She told Mohammed that if he didn’t give my mother back her daughter, they were over.”

    Abuse
    Image by Lisa Lim
  14. An ultrasound of a beating heart, at last

    “There was some kind of moment, some kind of epiphany that seemed intimately linked to an ultrasound—but one that was forever unnamed and forever not mine.” Kelly Westhoff reflects on motherhood and adoption.

    Essay
  15. An Essay Gone Viral: Blogger Stephanie Land on MAID, Her Forthcoming Memoir

    Stephanie Land, the writer at Stepville.com, announces her forthcoming memoir, MAID.

    Authors