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?
I Remember Mama and DadaWhat do small children remember? And why do memories stick into adulthood?
Give Me the Keys, DadWhy there’s no personal, societal, or governmental solution for what to do about elderly drivers.
Preschoolers with KnivesHow young can a child be and still learn how to cook?
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.
The Buddy SystemA single close friendship can ease a boy’s passage through middle school. But what if your son can’t find a pal?
The Real Reason Your Kid Wets the BedThe simple cause your doctor probably missed.
I Want To Be My Kid’s Only ParentI crave the closeness of single motherhood—without the complications a husband can bring.