families

Oh Thank Goodness, “The Talk” Is Getting Less Awkward For Both Parents And Children

I was glad that my mom and I had exactly the same feelings on having “The Talk”: neither of us wanted to do it, and we were glad that it…

Rebecca Vipond Brink |

Tech Companies Want To Help Female Employees Freeze Their Eggs, But What We Really Need Is Better Paternity Leave

Apple and Facebook are going to start helping female employees cover the cost of freezing their eggs — some employees, anyway; Apple’s benefits vary depending on your position — so…

Rebecca Vipond Brink |

5 Varyingly Effective Ways To Deal With Family Drama

Happy Holidays, everyone! You know how it goes: your brother and your dad aren’t on speaking terms. Your mom is “just concerned” that if you don’t get pregnant soon she’ll never…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger |

Australia Enacts Paid Parental Leave For Dads, Gay Couples

In America, we don’t have even have nationwide paid maternal leave. We just have the Family And Medical Leave Act, which ensures three months of unpaid job-protected leave for a…

Jessica Wakeman |

Mom Trades In SUV For Family Bike; Makes The Rest Of Us Look Incredibly Lazy

This is Emily Finch, a mother of six who traded in her gas-guzzling Suburban for a thigh-burning family bike. Apparently a full load of kids, gear, and groceries can weigh…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger |

Children Combinations: The Good And The Bad

According to a new study, the happiest families have exactly 2.0 daughters. No more, no less. While two girls is heaven, double the number of girls, and parents report being…

Ami Angelowicz |

Would You Marry A Man Who Hated On Your Family?

A woman wrote in to the Guardian this week seeking advice in dealing with her jackass of a husband who makes her feel “deeply inadequate as a wife” because her…

Wendy Atterberry |

So I’m Engaged: Meet The Parents

As I said in a previous column, I have anxiety about people having fun and getting along, not just at my wedding, but in life. I’m a little uptight, to…

Amelia McDonell-Parry |