19 February 2013

The decline of the family’s mystique

Fifty years on from Betty Friedan’s seminal The Feminine Mystique, family life could do with more supporters.

Books 27 December 2012

Are we witnessing the decline and fall of men?

Hanna Rosin’s The End of Men shouldn’t be read as a cast-iron prediction of a newly gendered future, but rather as the raiser of important questions about the crisis of masculinity.

31 October 2012

Sandy was a bitch, not the apocalypse

This storm reminded us that nature can be tough but that the people of New York are even tougher.

Books 28 September 2012

Using science to freak out parents

A new book on ‘attachment parenting’ peddles the myth that there’s a right way to raise kids. PLUS: Why parental determinism is little more than neurobollocks.

Books 27 July 2012

Park Slope parents
behaving badly

Amy Sohn’s sequel to Prospect Park West turns an excited but acute eye on parents who, racked with midlife crises, seem intent on acting like children.

Books 29 June 2012

Farewell, Nora Ephron

The journalist, screenwriter and director, who died this week aged 71, should be remembered as much for her fine, conversational essays as for When Harry Met Sally.

27 June 2012

An invitation for kids to be cruel

The humiliation of New York bus monitor Karen Klein reveals a great deal about the erosion of adult authority.

30 May 2012

Etan Patz: the case that changed America

Thirty-three years on, a man has been arrested for the murder of six-year-old Etan. But America is still reeling from that abduction.

Books 25 May 2012

Thank you, Maurice Sendak

In picture and word, Where the Wild Things Are remains a sublime testament to the untamed emotions of childhood.

21 May 2012

Time magazine did not invent the mommy wars

A cover image of a mother breastfeeding her four-year-old has aroused ire, but debates about parenting aren’t new.