Relationships

How to navigate relationships in an extremely polarizing political climate

“I had such a blowout with a friend over masks!” says Julie (last name withheld) of New York, about a longtime friend who owns a clothing boutique. Julie has always considered herself politically independent, but recently she feels forced to take a side, leaning left because that’s the side... more

15 parents reveal the simple savage-ness of sibling rivalry

One minute they love each other, the next they want to secretly dip their toothbrush into the toilet — such is the plight of siblings. They’re the best of friends and the worst of enemies, but ultimately, they always love each other (regardless of whether or not they show it... more

What to do when grandparents want to visit during the COVID-19 crisis

La’shea F.’s preschooler hasn’t hugged her grandparents or great-grandparents in seven weeks due to COVID-19.  “The closest we have gotten to my grandparents is talking to them for a few minutes from my car in their driveway while they stand on the front porch,” says La’shea, a... more

Keeping my kid from his grandparents has been our family’s pandemic heartbreak

One morning, several weeks into staying home, my 20-month-old pointed to the frying pan drying on the stove from the night before, smiled, and in his most adorable voice whispered, cheeesssse. He looked at me and said GuhGuh, the name he lovingly calls his grandma. I knew exactly what he... more

Mom rants about unhelpful grandparents, but is she asking too much?

For many parents, grandparents are heroes. They offer great advice, love their grandkids like their own and are always there for support in a pinch. But how much is too much for a parent to ask of their child’s grandparents? In a recent letter to Slate’s advice column, Dear Prudence... more

Mom wants to know if it’s normal for husband to never take care of their baby

If you’ve ever seen an episode of “I Love Lucy” or “Leave It to Beaver,” you know that parenting used to look differently back in the 1950s. For the most part, moms raised the kids, and dads popped in after work or whenever the kid wanted to go outside... more

Grandparents and grandkids: 15 reasons this relationship is awesome

There's a special bond between grandparents and grandkids. It's a relationship based on love, appreciation, fun and pure joy. Becoming a grandparent is one of the most special moments of a person's life, mainly because of the strength of this bond. Here are some of the reasons... more

The average parent hasn't had a romantic night out in 3 years

When was the last time you and your partner got all dolled up and went out for a special night on the town? If your answer is “so long ago I almost can’t remember,” you’re in good company. A new survey released by OnePoll and Groupon shows the average... more