Their Closets, Themselves

For two writers, recreating their family members’ carefully curated closets yielded new insight into the essentials of their lives.

May 12 2017 9:39 AMGoop TherapyHow I learned to love my kid’s obsession with slime.
March 15 2017 2:54 PMThe ACA Saved Our Family. Now, We’re Terrified.For a freelancer hit with a disabling chronic illness, Obamacare meant security and survival—and its repeal could be a disaster.
Nov. 9 2016 2:49 AMHow Do I Explain to My Daughters What Happened in This Election?Deciding whether to protect them or to have a very difficult conversation.
Oct. 11 2016 10:33 AMI’m Not a Great MotherBut I’m an awesome dad.
Oct. 6 2016 2:47 PMSilent BirthSeventeen years ago, I had stillborn twins. They made me the mother I am today.
Sept. 5 2016 8:30 PMNo One Ever “Just Adopts”Why it’s the one thing you should never say to an infertile couple.
June 20 2016 1:40 PMAlone, TogetherTo avoid travel stress and major arguments, more couples should vacation together but fly alone.
June 16 2016 7:30 AMThe CrewAfter my father’s death, these men taught me about family, friendship, and kindness.
June 7 2016 10:35 AMMore Young Adults Are Living With Their ParentsWe say that like it’s a bad thing. It’s not.
May 7 2016 7:04 AMSingle-Mother Families Aren’t the “Other”They’re increasingly the norm. And it’s time to end the shaming and stigmatizing of solo moms.
May 6 2016 5:58 AMIn Praise of the AuntieThey’re the rule-breaking, adventure-taking, hug-dispensing women who make every family stronger.
May 5 2016 5:50 AMLet’s Get LostWhy you should let your kids plan your vacation.
March 2 2016 12:48 PMBeing Mindful About MindfulnessIs the push to teach meditation in schools just a way to mold shiny corporate humanoids?
Feb. 2 2016 2:39 PMUnequal PartnershipWe both have jobs. Why am I the one who remembers the preschool snack?
Jan. 5 2016 5:30 AMLike Tinder, but for BabysittersWhy finding a caregiver online is a lot like Internet dating.
May 10 2017 9:00 AMYou Will Hate Your Husband After Your Kid Is BornDon’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
Nov. 10 2016 2:50 PMThe Post-Trump ThanksgivingHow to share a table with relatives whose views you abhor.
Nov. 7 2016 2:00 PMWhat Does a President Look Like?Ask a kid to draw one.
Oct. 10 2016 10:16 AMThe “Things Could Be Worse” Guide to ParentingWhat I’ve learned as a mother of a kinda-sick kid.
Sept. 8 2016 10:05 AMDon’t Call Him a HeroThere are better ways to honor 9/11 first responders—people like my father.
July 22 2016 3:08 PMHow to Turn Pokémon Go Into a Lifelong PassionPeople who love the game are collectors at heart. Here’s how to entertain them forever. 
June 17 2016 9:16 AMMy Father’s Secret PastAnd how it shaped my own search for my Jewish identity.
June 15 2016 10:15 AMExes and O’sOn figuring out the best name for the father of my children.
May 24 2016 11:54 AMPlease Don’t Ask Me to Put Down My Phone It’s a time machine to a place where my husband is still alive. 
May 6 2016 10:13 AMThe Cupcake RevolutionI can’t save my daughter from a terminal illness. But we can help save other children from the same fate.
May 5 2016 10:00 AMWhat’s in a Name?I agonized over changing mine when I got married. Then I lost my husband.
May 3 2016 2:31 PMHow to Win Every Argument With Your Kids ForeverThe answer can be found in game theory, according to a new book.
Feb. 18 2016 9:04 AMThe Oatmeal ExchangeSeven ways to get through a divorce when you have small children.
Jan. 22 2016 10:00 AMDon’t Procrastinate on Getting Your Baby a Passport! She’ll Thank You Later.Flying with a baby on board? Slate’s president, Keith Hernandez, shares a parenting triumph. 
Dec. 22 2015 11:31 AMHow to Talk to Other People’s ChildrenThere are two schools of thought.