1. Recognizing When Kids Benefit From Their Parents’ Divorce
“Would kids really be better off if their parents stayed together, fighting and yelling and tiptoeing around?”
2. What the Left and Right Both Get Wrong About the Moynihan Report
The 1965 document is a touchstone in the debate over black culture and the War on Poverty. The author’s call for full employment and a welfare state, however, is mostly forgotten.
3. Sex and the Single Man: What If Your Partner Has a Kid?
America’s seriously flawed system for notifying unmarried men about the children they fathered.
4. A Single Adoptive Mother — in 1937 In 1937, the editors of Ladies Home Journal published an essay, “I Just Adopted a Baby!” It was just another piece about the joys and challenges of family life — but this time, from the perspective of a single working parent.
6. Fewer U.S. High School Graduates Opt for College
From a high point of 70.1 percent in 2009, the percentage of new graduates going to college dropped to 65.9 percent last year, the lowest figure in a decade.
8. When a Working Grandma Can’t Afford to Babysit, a Tradition Ends
My great-grandmother cared for my mom and aunt while my grandparents worked. My grandmother cared for me and my sister while my parents worked. But my mom can’t afford to do the same for me.
9. The Media Has a Woman Problem
A new study shows a stubborn gender disparity.
10. Disarmament for Spousal Abusers
A new law in Washington State will require spouses under domestic abuse orders to surrender their guns, and surprisingly, the N.R.A isn’t fighting against it.
11. Getting Into the Ivies Why is it harder than it used to be?
Colleges are globalized.
12. Welcoming Love at an Older Age, but Not Necessarily Marriage
A couple can lose crucial pensions and benefits that they had before they tied the knot.
13. Infertility, Endured Through a Prism of Race
Black women face infertility more often than married white women but are less likely to seek medical help, and their struggles are compounded by cultural issues.
14. I Was Taught That Getting Pregnant Is Easy for Black Girls — Too Easy. But It Wasn’t for Me.
When I grew up on the South Side of Chicago, I was taught that my mission was to get out of high school without a baby. I thought that once I was ready, those babies that came too easily, and too early, for many girls I knew would come readily to me. That didn’t happen.
15. Baby’s First Profanity
Most parents remember their child’s first word, and that’s not just because that word is often “daddy” or “mommy.” “Baabaa,” “bye” or the ominous “uh-oh” can also be a baby’s initial step into the world of words. But how many parents, I wonder, remember when their child first offered them a four-lettered linguistic gift?
16. Thousands of Same-Sex Couples Have Married in France
Despite the protests that accompanied passage of the law allowing same-sex marriage, more than 7,000 such ceremonies have been performed in the last year — sometimes by reluctant officiants.
17. Dial Down Your Anger
Questions of etiquette in difficult situations.
18. Living With Cancer: Practicing Loss
People with cancer experience varying types of loss — of their health, of body parts, of freedom. Is there a way to practice for the losses that really matter? Susan Gubar asks in this week’s Living With Cancer column.
19. Flexibility Is the Reason for a Smaller Pay Gap in Tech Work
Female computer scientists make 89 percent of what men in the same occupation make, a significantly better percentage than in other professions.
20. Working-Class Fathers Shouldn’t Be So Easily Dismissed
Single motherhood may be a rational economic choice for working-class women, but it’s a choice based on limited options with consequences for the mothers, fathers and children.
21. Are Older Men’s Sperm Really Any Worse?
Everyone knows that a woman’s eggs don’t improve with age. The arbiter of turn-of-the-millennium pop culture, “Sex and the City,” gave us the image of the single woman in her mid-30s (Miranda) and her maturing eggs. And while fertility may not quite fall off a cliff at 35, it’s hard for women to ignore the idea that things are getting worse as they get older.
23. Thinking of Requesting a Specific Teacher for Your Child? Think Twice
A parent asks, “How hard should I push to get my daughter the teachers I think will best fit with her learning style?”
24. U.S. Workers Losing Ground in Leisure Time, Too
Other countries are closing the income gap while working less than Americans.
25. The Pay Gap Is Because of Gender, Not Jobs
A majority of the pay differential between men and women comes from differences within occupations, not between them, according to a Harvard labor economist.
27. The Odds of Getting on a Domestic Partner’s Health Plan
Same-sex partners of white-collar employees in the U.S. are more likely to have access to their significant other’s health benefits than the partners of blue-collar workers.
28. More High School Grads Decide College Isn’t Worth It
As the U.S. economy improves, more high school graduates are choosing work over college.Just under 66 percent of the class of 2013 was enrolled in college last fall, the lowest share of new graduates since 2006 and the third decline in the past four years, according to data released Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics
29. The Diminishing American Edge
The slipping economic advantages of the American middle class.
30. Fighting Words Are Rarer Among British Doctors
While American patients are urged to “battle” at the end of life, a new analysis showed doctors in Britain telling patients about the “journey.”
31. Striving for School-Mom Perfection
As a child, I wished my mother could spend more time involved with my school and activities, but that’s not who she was. I hoped to do better, but I wasn’t sure what that would look like.
32. The American Middle Class Is No Longer the World’s Richest
After three decades of slow growth, median income in the U.S. trails that of Canada. Poor Americans now make less than the poor in several other countries.
33. Which Cities Sleep in, and Which Get to Work Early
I’m not a morning person, so I appreciate living in New York. The workday here starts later than in any other American city, and about half an hour later than in the U.S. as a whole.A decade or so ago, when I was a consultant living in Chicago, I didn’t have it so easy. Work in Chicago begins a little earlier than in New York — about 20 minutes earlier, relative to the local time zone.
34. This simple table summarizes our story on American living standards.
A quick look shows what has happened to incomes in recent decades.
35. Partisan Loyalty Begins at Age 18
In the last decade, voters over 65 years old have become more Republican, even as the electorate as a whole has been trending in the opposite direction. In 2004, George W. Bush won that demographic by a margin of 8 percentage points, but won the national popular vote by just 2.5. Eight years later, Mitt Romney did even better with older voters.
36. From Private Ordeal to National Fight: The Case of Terri Schiavo
To this day, the name Schiavo is virtually a synonym for epic questions about when life ends and who gets to make that determination.
37. Should Parents Be Less Involved?
Readers criticize a Sunday Review article suggesting that many forms of parental involvement do not improve their children’s achievement.
38. To Reduce Inequality, Start With Families
Bipartisan agreement about making daily life easier for working parents could have a profound effect on long-term economic trends.
39. 50 Years Into the War on Poverty, Hardship Hits Back
McDowell County, W.Va., has been a public face of hardship for more than a half-century. But today, it is burdened with a different, less tractable kind of poverty.
40. Brain, Teen: Brain, Child Magazine Devotes an Issue to Parents of Teenagers
The magazine that brought many parents of my vintage through the toddler years has invited writers, including Ann Hood, to cast the eyes that once focused on potty training and sleepless nights onto sexuality, grit, college tours — and more sleepless nights.
41. Jo Becker on Reporting the Fight for Marriage Equality
Jo Becker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The Times, discusses her new book, “Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality,” to be published this month by Penguin Press.
42. Waiting, Hoping and Coming Unraveled
Disappointment mounts as a couple pursues infertility treatments in Israel.
43. From Rags to Riches to Rags
Many Americans are likely to be exposed to both prosperity and poverty during their lives.
44. Taking a Job Out of the Financial Equation
As they tackle numerous financial issues, some baby boomers considering retirement are hiring life counselors to help them plot their futures.
45. Love and the Stick-On Nipple
There is a lot you can do with artificial nipples after breast reconstruction. And a lot you can’t.
46. How Payday Lenders Prey Upon the Poor — and the Courts Don’t Help
A $600 loan and the struggle to even the playing field
47. My Daughter, Profoundly Disabled, Needs a School for Children Like Her
The consensus that children with disabilities are best educated in an inclusive classroom is in danger of hardening into dogma that risks re-stigmatizing children with severe or profound disabilities.
50. The Antidepressant Generation
A growing number of young adults are taking psychiatric medicines for longer and longer periods, at the very age when they are also consolidating their identities, making plans for the future and navigating adult relationships.
51. The Biggest Predictor of How Long You’ll Be Unemployed Is When You Lose Your Job
One characteristic distinguishes the long-term unemployed from the rest of America’s jobless. It isn’t how many hours they worked at their old job, or what industry they came from, or even their level of education.It’s bad timing.
52. Criminalizing Expectant Mothers
A bill awaiting the governor’s signature in Tennessee could make pregnant women who use illegal drugs too scared to seek medical care.
54. Why Does Abortion Endure as a Political Tripwire?
While same-sex marriage has lost some of its potency as an electoral issue, opponents of Roe v. Wade are getting bolder.
55. How Working Women Help the Economy
The shift of women into the workplace is one of the less heralded drivers of economic