My Daughter Went Away to Camp and ChangedHow do I catch up?
Good Guard, Bad GuardEight ways to know if your pool’s lifeguards are up to the job—and are being given the support they need.
A Town Without DadsOur fathers were American heroes, but they were never around.
Make Boomsa for the Motherland!The creative, absurd, and ineffective ways that countries try to boost their birthrates.
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?
I’m Not a Hero for Taking Care of My KidsI’m also not baby-sitting them. I’m their dad.
Approaching DeathA nurse goes from the ER to a hospice, and changes the way she thinks about life and its end.
Drowning Doesn’t Look Like DrowningIn 10 percent of drownings, adults are nearby but have no idea the victim is dying. Here’s what to look for.
Please Don’t Spill Your Child's Snacks All Over the PlaygroundIt seems like such a little thing, but it could save a food-allergic child’s life.
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.