Blank SlateHow I chose my new name.
Death of a SunflowerYoung love, bad haircuts, and Fibonacci numbers: An essay by a Scholastic Writing Award–winning high schooler.
Kid Rock Is CoolIn defense of the most reviled genre of them all.
Tear Down the Swing SetsAnd the plastic forts. Here’s how to put the play back in playgrounds.
How To Talk to Your Kids About the School ShootingBe honest, but not too honest.
Baby Blue StreakCan I stop swearing before my daughter is born?
The Worst Years of Our LivesEveryone hates middle school. But this crucial, oft-ignored part of your children’s education is getting a makeover.
My Insignificant YearA miserable basketball team, a Nazi classmate, a fateful standardized test: notes on the indignities of the seventh grade.
Pop MusicLearning to be a good dad by listening to songs about bad ones, from “Cat’s in the Cradle” to “Papa’z Song.”
The Rebirth of RecessHow do you introduce recess to kids who have never left the classroom?
I, Mark, Take You, Mark …Sure, marriage equality sounds great. But what about the coming flood of same-named couples?
Why Are Buses So Conducive to Bullying?Because there’s nowhere to hide.
On a Short LeashDid you hear about that Buddhist couple who're never more than 15 feet apart? Well, we tried it.
Down With Training WheelsThey train kids how not to ride a bike! Why balance bikes are better.
Red! No, Blue! No, Light Blue!Why do little kids care so much about favorite colors?
The Culture of Secrets An alphabet of Italian food, family, and pride: An essay by a Scholastic Writing Award–winning high schooler.
The Plant WhispererA mother, a daughter, and a garden.
The DebtWhen terrible, abusive parents come crawling back, what do their grown children owe them?
Coming HomeReturning to parenting after 16 months on the campaign trail.
The Cow Jumped Over the Moon?!Why children love absurdism.
Trapped by European-style Socialism—And I Love It!Maybe working moms can have it all—in France.
Monkey Bars Are a MenaceThey broke my daughter’s arm. Why are they still around?
I Giggle, Therefore I AmWhen I tickle my infant son, I’m teaching him that he’s a human being.
One Nation, UnderpantsThe triumphant return of Captain Underpants, hero to hyper, school-hating 8-year-olds.
Boopy Goes to BerlinA Cold War memoir.
Do Family Road Trips Have To Be Horrible?Once upon a time, road trips were awesome. How to recapture that spirit when caravanning with kids.
Thanks for Nothing, Dad!Rich fathers who don’t leave their money to their kids.
Visible LifeIVF, personhood, and the Two-Week Wait.
The GoodbyeAn apartment, Central Park, a father, a mother, a son.
What’s Your Earliest Memory?Slate staffers think back.