I now hear regularly about girls who are so fearful of disappointing their teachers that they skip sleep to do extra-credit work for points they don’t need. By Lisa Damour
Stephanie Land’s daughter learned to walk in a homeless shelter. In her debut memoir, she tells the story of how they survived.
KJ Dell’Antonia, Jill Smokler, Jordan Shapiro, Janelle Hanchett, and Jessica Lahey weigh in on how much is too much when it comes to writing about our children.
YouTube, Apple Music, Netflix. Kids seldom watch, listen to, or read anything these days they didn’t select themselves—or that wasn’t suggested by an anxious-to-please algorithm. By Mary Janevic
Motherwell publishes on all aspects of the parenting experience—from the poignant to the humorous to the thought-provoking. Here are our most-read original pieces from 2018.
College counselor and admissions expert, Sara Harberson, offers valuable insight into the nitty gritty of the application process.
“Oh, relax,” he says, ruffling my daughter’s wispy blonde hair. “We’re just playing.” By Lisa Norgren
As much as I loved football as a kid, I don’t want my own sons watching—or playing—a sport based on such overt violence. By Kate Allen Fox
If a tween is asking for it, is willing to adhere to the rules you set, what’s the harm? By Lauren Apfel
He sees a choice down the road he doesn’t know how to make: how can he choose just one of his names to join with his wife’s? By Andrea Jarrell
If I saw him now, I doubt I could pick him out of a line-up. By April Vázquez
I’ve always told my sons that “boys will be boys” is neither a license nor an excuse. To hear that rhetoric used to erase Christine Ford’s allegations makes me want to scream. By Deborah Lindsay Williams
Whether to have a baby before tenure is still one of the most pressing questions for female academics. By Sarah Rivett
My son’s teacher said he needed the gift of time. She was right.
By Jessica Smock
For their dazzling displays of genius in the face of runny noses and interrupted sleep, the award goes to… By Helene Cohen Bludman
The decision not to find out my unborn child’s sex is perhaps the most intimate and important one I have ever made. By Laine Munir
Make sure your children have time together without you. Encourage their collective independence. By KJ Dell’Antonia
By the age of five, bilingual children largely catch up to their peers who speak just one language—and then overtake them. By Kristina Klausen
Writing a thoughtful letter of recommendation takes time. And odds are you aren’t the only one asking. By Jennifer Winward
Serena has arguably done as much for working moms in the past year as she’s done for tennis in the past decade. By Mary Pflum Peterson
The goal isn’t to lecture your children but to kick-start their critical thinking. By Katherine Reynolds Lewis
Whatever your political stance, this issue is one of basic human rights. By Maria O. Alvarez
The movie lands right in the sweet spot of our problem with screens: we know the dangers; we can’t stay away. By Susannah Q. Pratt
Ask your kid to give you a tour of their social media world. Add it to the “wellness checks” you may already do. By Caroline Knorr
I want my nine-year-old to carry herself without shame. By Daisy Alpert Florin