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Idea/Love & Friendship

Keeping it in the family: why we pick the partners we do

Tamsin Saxton

Video/Demography & Migration

An immigrant mother and her daughter finally explore the things they had left unsaid

5 minutes


Bad mothers and why they make a difference to cheetah survival

Anne Hilborn

Video/Illness & Disease

Maria’s skin tears open every day but, though her body is fragile, her will is formidable

18 minutes

Idea/Fairness & Equality

Marriage should not come with any social benefits or privileges

Vicki Larson

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

Idea/Family Life

We need a contract for co-parenting, not just for marriage

Laurie Shrage

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

Video/Love & Friendship

Fighting the tide: a Louisiana bayou couple’s 70 bittersweet years of marriage

13 minutes

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

Idea/Fertility, Pregnancy and Childbirth

Can surrogacy ever escape the taint of global exploitation?

Katharine Dow

Video/Childhood & Adolescence

A monk dedicates himself to giving unwanted children the childhood he never had

40 minutes

Essay/Stories & Literature

Books for life

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

Adam Gidwitz

Video/Family Life

‘Space to grow’: on being young, anxious and American in a Zen Buddhist family

12 minutes


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

Video/Family Life

What family means to the world’s longest-married couple after 88 years together

7 minutes

Video/Nature & Environment

The joys and struggles of living on the world’s most crowded island

19 minutes

Idea/Family Life

How game theory can help you do a better job of parenting

Paul Raeburn


Spare the rod

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

Tara Isabella Burton

Idea/Family Life

Want less parent-child conflict? Follow the path of Confucius

Ryan Nichols

Idea/Family Life

Why mothers of tweens – not babies – are the most depressed

Lucia Ciciolla & Suniya Luthar

Idea/Family Life

If babies were randomly allocated to families would racism end?

Howard Rachlin & Marvin Frankel

Idea/Family Life

There is a better way to parent than the nuclear family

Vicki Larson

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


What should geneticists do when they find out family secrets?

Amulya Mandava & Joseph Millum

Essay/Family Life

Korean Thanksgiving

‘Take a photo of the spread,’ my mother says. ‘This way you can remember what to arrange when I’m dead.’

Mary H K Choi

Idea/Love & Friendship

A temporary marriage makes more sense than marriage for life

Vicki Larson


Made to order

Parents already put their children under intense pressure to compete in the world. Will gene editing make it worse?

Erik Parens

Essay/Family Life

Is that my baby?

Sperm donation is socially acceptable but donor eggs still provoke a wave of unease about blood relations and motherhood

Amy Klein