Tag: Families and Family Life

A Dad by Any Other Name

After the divorce, my daughter Marisa started calling me Bill. “It’s Dad,” I’d hiss through clenched teeth, smiling at the checkout clerk and miming a kids these days expression. “O.K., Bill,” she’d reply and walk off, coolly aloof, as only an offended 14-year-old girl can be. Initially, I attempted to ignore this change. One, I […]

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‘Who’s Taking Care of the Kids?’ Is Finally a Question for Dads on the Trail, Too

[Sign up for our politics newsletter, and we’ll send you an invite to our live chat on debate night.] Representative Eric Swalwell can rattle off the best places to pump breastmilk in an airport. Julián Castro broke from the campaign trail for the last day of preschool. And Gov. Steve Bullock postponed the announcement of […]

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Can Dads Have It All?

In the discourse of the upper-upper, don’t-call-us-rich middle class, an old stereotype of fatherhood — the dim, affable, useless-for-housework Pop — has lately been supplemented by a new one: The credit-hogging, pleased-with-himself Good Dad, who does just enough housework to pretend that he’s an equal partner, and swans about in a BabyBjorn reaping applause from […]

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Can Home Cooking Reverse the Obesity Epidemic?

Many nutrition experts blame processed foods for the obesity epidemic, suggesting that a return to home cooking would turn it around. But now some researchers are pushing back against that idea, arguing that it oversimplifies the obstacles that poor and middle-class families face. The case against processed foods has been growing. A flurry of studies […]

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Becoming a Digital Grandparent

Emerging from a theater on a recent Sunday, I turned on my phone and found a flurry of texts from my daughter. My 2-year-old granddaughter had just smashed her thumb in a closing restaurant door. Wincing, I read on: They were headed for an urgent care clinic. They were waiting for X-rays. The thumb was […]

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Leave Drag Queen Story Hour Alone!

Recently Sohrab Ahmari, op-ed editor of The New York Post, saw something online that left him shaken. “This is demonic,” he tweeted. “To hell with liberal order.” His moral indignation led him to write a much discussed essay in the religious journal First Things. Castigating conservatives who see a possibility of coexistence with the left, […]

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Japan’s Recluses Already Faced Stigma. Then Came 2 Shocking Acts of Violence.

TOKYO — After the stabbing of 17 schoolgirls and two adults at a bus stop near Tokyo last week, a shocked public has been grasping for answers as to what could possibly have driven someone to commit such a horrific act. Investigators and the news media have zeroed in on the fact that the attacker, […]

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Learning What Vets Could Not Tell: What They Did in World War II

NEW ORLEANS — All his life, Joseph Griesser hungered to hear the story of his father’s Army service in World War II. What he had were vague outlines: that Lt. Frank Griesser had splashed onto Omaha Beach on D-Day; that his lifelong pronounced limp had come from an artillery blast. But the details? They remained […]

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‘We Are So Secretive’: How Nicole Dennis-Benn Depicts Working-Class Life

Over a lunch of oxtail, rice and peas, and sorrel punch on one of the first warm days of spring, Nicole Dennis-Benn’s sunny disposition came through quickly. The writer, 37, wore a turquoise, yellow and orange printed dress with bangles, and in conversation her responses — “I love it!” “Yes!” “So true!” — were just […]

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I’m an Ethical Vegan. Can I Pay for a Client’s Carnivorous Meal?

As a business owner, I sometimes take customers out to lunch. But as an ethical vegan, I don’t want to subsidize the cruel meat and dairy industries. People seem to take my veganism as an affront to their lifestyle. Is there a way that I can, without losing customers, let them know that I just […]

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