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BY Courtney E. Martin July 22, 2016

The final days of expectation can bring surprising clarity. Courtney Martin pauses in this suspended space, and marvels at the end of the wait for new life, in all its gritty wonder.

BY Courtney E. Martin July 07, 2016

Reckoning with the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling by the police, Courtney Martin pens an impassioned missive to her white children: to understand their privilege, redistribute power, ask questions, and always to hold each other accountable.

BY Sam Yang June 18, 2016

Often the most valuable lessons are fathers' teach us are the ones we didn't realize we were learning. A son of Korean immigrants expresses gratitude for a lifetime of tough-love education from his wartime father.

BY Courtney E. Martin May 13, 2016

Entering the home stretch of her pregnancy, Courtney Martin takes a closer look at the bizarre phenomenon from which we are all brought forth into the world.

BY Courtney E. Martin May 06, 2016

Even with years of experience, the parenting journey is one of constant learning — about a budding life, and about oneself. Courtney Martin gives thanks for the grit and grace of new motherhood.

BY Adrienne Minh-Chau Le April 30, 2016

The daughter of refugees pens an open letter to her mother. She reflects on the inheritance of suffering, offering this ode to the resilience of the human spirit and gratitude for the opportunity to flourish.

BY Courtney E. Martin April 08, 2016

We're confronted with choices of wanting to do what's best for our children and our communities. But sometimes they come into conflict with each other. What do we do then? Courtney Martin on the intersections of public and personal life as she makes school choices for her daughter.

BY Omid Safi April 07, 2016

To put the children first is a parent's most basic instinct. But when does self-sacrifice become self-destruction? Omid Safi offers a new understanding of the importance of self-care.

BY Courtney E. Martin March 18, 2016

Paul Kalanithi's latest book spurs a pregnant mother to recognize the myth of meaning-making. Our columnist on reckoning with ambiguous endings, and the spectrum of imperfection on which we must all live and thrive.

BY Omid Safi March 17, 2016

The clock presses upon us and our families every day. A reminder that it's not the roses we should stop to smell, but the most tender gestures written in the morning's light.

BY Mariah Helgeson & Haleema Shah March 01, 2016

Our names are rife with meaning, stories we claim and others we discard. Listen to this group of "audio selfies," including one with Parker Palmer, exploring how our identity is formed by the names we're given, the ones we take, and the ones we long for but never quite materialize.

BY Rikha Sharma Rani February 23, 2016

What gets lost when we erect a fortress around our children? A mother glimpses the beauty of trusting strangers around her daughter, and discovers the risk of losing the village to our own fears.

BY Courtney E. Martin January 01, 2016

There is no norm when it comes to the prototypical family unit. And, family as we all know is at once our breaking point and our healing refuge. With the holiday season behind us, Courtney Martin asks us to embrace the family we have and resist the idealized version that never existed.

BY Elizabeth Ann O'Rourke December 30, 2015

A poem for the permeable quiet of a December evening, weaving together the lonesome sounds of a home.

BY Mihee Kim-Kort December 22, 2015

A young mother of twins returns to the comfort of the kitchen and cooking rice as she remembers learning from her own mother as a child, and revels in the unique tension between her desire for order and the joyful chaos that her children bring.

BY Chris Martin November 25, 2015

With the gift of a poem, a father marvels at the infinities embodied by his young son in this lyrical moment of parental reverence.

BY Courtney E. Martin November 13, 2015

Being a mother is an act of transformation and discovery. Courtney Martin examines the gifts of obliteration of motherhood, and the maternal love that rushes in as responsibility beckons.

BY Parker J. Palmer November 04, 2015

What makes each child unique cannot be measured or scored. A nourishing story from a school principal on the "many ways of being smart" and testing children.

BY Lenna Liu September 20, 2015

A physician takes refuge in the wavelike nature of the inbreath and outbreath, and the soft beauty of a newborn child.

BY Lea Gibson Page August 30, 2015

A home can be a sacred space for children if adults give it the attention necessary. A mother's essay on modeling devoted action, fostering a healthy will, and creating structure through chores as a powerful, stabilizing force in the household.

BY Meridian Johnson July 28, 2015

How do we come to truly "know" ourselves? Through a host of childhood memories, and using a George Oppen poem as her guide, a health practitioner suggests a starting place: "Become intimate with discomfort. Pull it closer. Mend nothing first."

BY Anastasia Hacopian July 11, 2015

To trust our children requires allowing them the room to act differently that we might expect. A mother's argument for placing trust in our children's expansive imaginations and empathic potential.

BY Bart Erbach June 21, 2015

What training did we give to our fathers? A reflection on inventing, rather than inheriting, the type of father a man wants to be — for himself and his children.

BY Trent Gilliss June 06, 2015

A collection of what we're reading and publishing — from Lord of the Rings and love to Springsteen's tribute to Townsend!

BY Mia Birdsong May 29, 2015

A mother reflects on curating an updated library of children's literature for her daughter to read — one that speaks to "the full spectrum of brown and black folks to mitigate the future onslaught of ubiquitous whiteness" and people she could imagine being.

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