Tag: Families and Family Life

On Thanksgiving, the Chaos Is the Point

This year, like every year, I sent an email to my family with the subject line “Thanksgiving Assignments.” I was later than usual, and my niece had just texted me, wondering who was responsible for what dish. Because I’m a cookbook author, I’m expected to oversee the operations for my family, but the feast itself […]

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‘Design Mom’ Gabrielle Blair Pivots to Politics

“I’m much more likely to get people that don’t agree with me politically to listen to me if they think we’re on the same ‘team,’” Ms. Blair said. Though she is openly in favor of abortion rights and considers herself to have become more liberal since starting her blog, Ms. Blair deliberately played on assumptions […]

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Cultural Bereavement: Naming the Grief Refugees May Feel

Though Ms. Pleshkova moved to the U.S. for better professional opportunities, she could only find work as a camp counselor and a day care worker, despite her experience as an English literature professor in Ukraine. “I was upset when I found out that the payment is not adequate,” she said. “And I did feel like […]

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Today’s Politics Divide Parties, and Friends and Families, Too

In interviews, several voters pointed to Facebook as an aggravating factor, a space where relationships and politics seemed to collide unavoidably. How Times reporters cover politics. We rely on our journalists to be independent observers. So while Times staff members may vote, they are not allowed to endorse or campaign for candidates or political causes. This […]

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A Cure for the Existential Crisis of Married Motherhood

Don’t re-litigate it every week. It might feel transactional to chart it all on calendars, but doing so can also be freeing. That’s how my co-parenting schedule works. We are flexible when one of us needs or wants to be, but for the most part, we set it and forget it. And remember: A husband […]

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As New York’s Fear of Crime Grows, a Neighborhood Lives With Its Reality

“I used to walk around like I was Superman,” she said. “Then I was robbed and realized I’m not unstoppable.” Now, on most weekdays, Ms. Chimelis wakes at 4:30 a.m., worried. She watches as her partner, a plumber who is the father of her two youngest children, gets ready to leave for his two-hour commute […]

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A Canadian Family Is Seeing the World Before Their Children’s Vision Falters

For their youngest son’s fifth birthday this summer, Edith Lemay and her husband took their children on a hot-air balloon ride above central Turkey that began before dawn. As the sun rose over the Cappadocia region, it revealed other balloons floating in the sky and some chimney-like rock formations on the ground below — a […]

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Living With Grandparents: Cross-Generational Homes Bring Families Together

The serial residency of her grandchildren meant Esta could live in her beloved house longer than would have been feasible, Mr. Goldman said. Soon after, he moved out and so did she — to an assisted living facility near Albany, N.Y. She died in 2020. The grandchildren know they have a good deal and try […]

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Some Women Fear Giorgia Meloni’s Far-Right Agenda Will Set Italy Back

ROME — Being a woman, and mother, has been central to the political pitch of Giorgia Meloni, the hard-right politician who is likely to become Italy’s prime minister after elections on Sunday. She once ran for mayor seven months pregnant because she said powerful men had told her she couldn’t. Her most famous speech includes […]

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Can Republicans Tax the Rich?

And a self-limiting tendency, while understandable, points to a plausible future in which national conservatism allows itself to be effectively reabsorbed into the G.O.P. mainstream without having achieved its revolution. As Park MacDougald observed recently for UnHerd, just in the several years they’ve held conferences, there’s already been a taming of the “natcons.” The first […]

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How Health Care Workers Got Me Through the Pandemic

This article is part of the I Want to Thank You series. We asked readers to tell us about who helped get them through the pandemic; this is a selection of their stories about health care workers. We’ve published an article about family and friends, and a forthcoming article will focus on inspirational figures. Health […]

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How Family and Friends Helped Get Me Through the Pandemic

Thank You for Getting Me Through Cancer Jon Ellis had never been afraid to die. And he still wasn’t. But it was becoming more difficult to live through the pain. Pancreatic cancer, with which he was diagnosed not long after the pandemic hit, and chemotherapy rendered him a stranger in his own body. As a […]

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When In-Laws Share an Apartment, and Become Your Neighbors

In a city with no shortage of unusual real estate stories, Adele Geffen Eil and Judith Seligson have created one of the more unexpected living arrangements in New York. The 70-somethings first met in the 1970s — initially friendly, but not necessarily friends. Ms. Eil, a lawyer, met Ms. Seligson because she worked with Ms. […]

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Katrina Babies Are Hurting, but We Are Healing, Too

How much does childhood trauma affect a person’s life? What about the life of an entire city? These are among the questions Edward Buckles Jr. leaves viewers to grapple with in his new documentary, “Katrina Babies,” which premiered on HBO on Aug. 24 to mark the 17th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Buckles was 13 […]

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New York’s Communal Summer Ritual: Grilling

This article is part of the Our City series, about how urban communities around the country use public and communal spaces to celebrate and spend time together. Roy and Ida White’s offspring squeezed under the white canopy at Randalls Island Park, where three of New York’s boroughs meet, and smiled for the camera. Behind them […]

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A mother-daughter generational divide

RIO DE JANEIRO — “Hey, why don’t you have a car?” My mom has asked me this question maybe once every two months for the past 15 years. To her, having a car is about being free, looking into a boundless future from the comfort of the driver’s seat. It’s also about having something of […]

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Education in America: School Is for Hope

It was a cold day in January 2019 and Heidi, who was 6 years old, was ready for her first day of school in the United States. Her father, Jorge, woke up early to help her with her hair and pack her lunch. Jorge and Heidi had migrated from Guatemala to the United States in […]

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An Apple Watch for Your 5-Year-Old? More Parents Say Yes.

Florian Fangohr waffled for about a year over whether to buy an Apple Watch SE as a gift. The smart watch cost $279, and he worried that its recipient would immediately break or lose it. In May, he decided the benefits outweighed the costs and bought the gadget. The beneficiary: his 8-year-old son, Felix. Mr. […]

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Silicon Valley Discovers an Age-Old Child Care Hack: The Neighbors

In 2019, about 18 percent of children younger than 5 were cared for in residential-based centers, which often provide a lifeline for parents who work nontraditional hours or live in rural areas. And since time immemorial, parents have leaned on a network of friends, family members and neighbors — the so-called village — to step […]

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A Teen’s Journey Into the Internet’s Darkness and Back Again

Puberty hit C early — in the fourth grade — and hard: acne, breasts, attention, humiliation. C found refuge in the internet. Every night, often well past midnight, C lay in bed with an iPod Touch they received from their grandparents as a 10th birthday gift. (C, who is being identified by their first initial […]

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Bohemia Beach Is Having Another Day in the Sun

WELLFLEET, Mass. — Sunday is turnaround day for the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, when the four houses it maintains are readied for the next group of tenants — the artists, writers and architecture buffs who jockey for a chance to spend a week in these modest bohemian monuments. Peter McMahon, an architect and the […]

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Is it OK to Work on Vacation? Yes, If You Do it Right.

Covid and the rise in remote work accelerated this trend, especially in management, business, financial and professional occupations. But while many appreciate the new flexibility in their daily lives, and some enjoy having the ability to take a “workcation,” the bleeding of work into vacation hours has caused a lot of angst about the difficulty […]

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Did the Pandemic Deepen Relationships in Your Life? We Want To Hear About It.

The pandemic forced many of us into spending unexpected, extended periods of time with unfamiliar neighbors, family members or strangers. Many of these connections progressed into deep friendships and other kinds of bonds, and have continued to grow and evolve as society has reopened. The New York Times would like to hear from you about […]

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The Search for a Meaningful Clue to the Mystery of an Enslaved Ancestor

This article is also a weekly newsletter. Sign up for Race/Related here. In the 1880s, Edward Taylor reached out to the editors of a weekly Black newspaper in New Orleans. Born into slavery, he had fought in the Civil War and established himself as a blacksmith when freedom came. He had a wife, six children […]

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Archie Battersbee, Gravely Ill 12-Year-Old, Dies After Removal of Life Support

LONDON — Archie Battersbee, a 12-year-old British boy whose life support was withdrawn after a legal battle between his parents and his doctors, died on Saturday, bringing to an end another wrenching case over who makes life and death decisions for a seriously ill child. Archie had been in a deep coma since his mother […]

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More Americans Are Going Hungry, and It Costs More to Feed Them

The first time Kelly Wilcox drove her 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan to the food pantry near her home in Payson, Utah, she noticed one thing right away that surprised her: newer models of Toyota and Honda sedans and minivans. “I saw a bunch of other people with cars like mine, who had kids in cars,” […]

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