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PARENTING

Charting the puzzles and peeves of kid-herding — from Huggies to homework, Pilates to pinatas.

  • Secrets of a Very Catholic Daughter
    June 2, 2018
    ‘Hiding Out’ Author Talks Drugs, Deception, and Double Lives I thought my dad saddled me with some psychological baggage. He used to…
  • Raising a First-Person Shooter
    April 7, 2018
    ‘Fortnite’ Video Game Blowing Holes in My Anti-Gun Policy The hypocrisy of my life is corroding my insides, and confession is…
  • Theater Kids Save the World
    April 7, 2018
    Drama Class Prepares Students to Lead a Revolution Everyone who’s been to high school knows it: Jocks top the student hierarchy.…
  • Rooting Against Your Kids
    March 10, 2018
    Yes, Sometimes We Do Want Them to Fail There’s tough-love parenting, and then there’s just “tough luck, kid!” Wisconsin GOPSenate candidate Kevin…
  • High Sobriety
    October 22, 2017
    Memories of a Drunk Dad, Gone Dry When I was a little girl, my dad was more fun than anyone I knew.…

SKIRTING THE ISSUES

Sex, politics, fashion and everything else a gen-X everygal loves to dish about.

  • The Day the Journalists Vanished
    August 26, 2018
    No One Fretted Much Over the War on the Press. Big Mistake. It began that morning with an eerie silence: the…
  • Camping Sucks; There, I Said It
    August 26, 2018
    Done Apologizing for Detesting the Great Outdoors I’m sitting 5,400 feet high in the Sierra Nevada mountains at the edge of…
  • Rage Is My Super Power
    August 26, 2018
    Hormonal Surges Fuel Temper That’s Uncontrollable — but Could Power Gotham At my son’s summer camp, the kids get to know…
  • A Cart … Apart
    July 14, 2018
    Debate over Returning Shopping Carts Mirrors Political Divide I love a good story, well told. A powerful narrative can puncture our…
  • Oh, Say, Can You C-Word?
    June 26, 2018
    Notes on a feckless country The word couldn’t have gotten more buzz if Trump’s stubby thumbs had tweeted it from…

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Keep Your Skirt On
Wife on the Edge
Broad Assumptions
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