One of my kids got sick at a friend’s birthday party. The kind of sick where you have to leave early and you never want to see your friends again. The kind where you feel utterly humiliated. Even once my child was healthy again, they still wanted to stay home—just one more day. Of course, […]
Parenting throws many twists and turns at you, some you may be expecting, but others come out of left field. Unexpectedly, my husband and I discussed this with our financial advisor. He recommended having a Will and Trust in place for our daughter. In the event that we were no longer present to care for
Listen and subscribe: Apple | Spotify | Google | Wherever You Listen Sign up to receive our weekly Books & Fiction newsletter. Photograph by Ladan Osman Donika Kelly joins Kevin Young to read “One Hundred White-Sided Dolphins on a Summer Day,” by Mary Oliver, and her own poem “Sixteen Center.” Kelly is the author of
The transition to motherhood is hard. I leaned on a lot of books to navigate major challenges throughout my pregnancy and postpartum experience–from raising a baby to strengthening my relationship with my partner. Most importantly, these books improved my mental health and commitment to my own self-care. I recommend six books to all new moms
When she died at a hundred and one in January of 2019, Diana Athill had publicly chronicled both ends of her long life in a series of nine memoirs. The first of these, “Instead of a Letter,” was published in 1963 and recently rereleased in the U.S. as part of the NYRB Classics series; it
My children have always seen me exercise, read, paint and often gaze off in a meditative trance listening to whatever provoked my deep thoughts through earbuds. These are moments that they’re beginning to recognize as self-care. The reason I can provide a gentle parenting approach is that I’m consciously trying to be gentle to myself.
Although traveling with babies and kids can be very rewarding, it requires practice and preparation. That said, ensuring that you have everything you need is essential—that’s where Amazon comes in. There are a ton of Amazon travel must haves out there that we’d recommend adding to your cart ahead of your next trip. Amazon is
I get attached easily. To people, ideas, objects—even books and TV shows. There’s a certain comfort and predictability that accompanies attachment, but that comes with a big risk. The thing you’re attaching to needs to be static if you’re going to avoid disappointment (spoiler alert:it never is). One agonizing lesson my transition to motherhood has
While it’s still pretty chilly out there, that doesn’t stop some people from taking cold-water plunges. (I live by the ocean, and we’ll see plunge events happening a lot during the colder months. Most are fundraisers—but for some people, it’s a lifestyle.) A cold-water plunge is a form of cryotherapy—using the cold to improve health.
Your story “On the Night of the Khatam” takes place primarily at a gathering of Afghan refugees who are living in Sacramento, and who meet to talk, gossip, eat, and pray together, although their histories, political views, and affiliations in Afghanistan are all quite different. Did gatherings like this take place when you were growing