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Essay/Rituals & Celebrations
Mrs Myself

Self-marriage promises love and fulfilment – but is it a radical act or a depressing concession to self-absorption?

Polina Aronson

Essay/Family Life
Latte pappas

Sweden’s hands-on dads represent an alternative male form forged by lowered testosterone and the potent hormones of attachment

Richard W Orange

Essay/Family Life
How to be a patriarch

His duties are many, his challenges weighty, but his glory can be great. A guide to family management, by a Roman nobleman

Marcus Sidonius Falx & Jerry Toner

Essay/Meaning & the Good Life
Dreadful dads

Few of the great existentialists had children. How can their philosophy help with the anxiety and dread of fatherhood?

John Kaag & Clancy Martin

Essay/Family Life
Jamie’s place

Like any adult, my son wants to work, travel and socialise, and his Down syndrome won’t stop him. But can he live independently?

Michael Bérubé

Essay/Stories & Literature
Books for life

There is something deeply revealing about the books one truly loves in childhood and adolescence

Adam Gidwitz

Essay/Gender
Is motherhood gendered?

For a new generation of trans parents and their children, the meaning of motherhood is undergoing a thorough renovation

Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

Essay/Religion
Spare the rod

Christian Domestic Discipline and the erotics of religious submission raise the possibility of a new concept of God

Tara Isabella Burton

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence
My secret life

Parents expect to know everything about their children’s lives. They need to remember that secrets are part of growing up

Tiffany Jenkins