Family Filter
  1. Have Wheelchair Will Travel

    They aren’t the first family with a disabled child to travel — but at times it often feels that way. At Have Wheelchair Will Travel, a Sydney-based family of four writes about their travel and day-to-day experiences.

    Diversity
  2. On Family Secrets and How We Deliver Bad News

    “She’d have less to worry about if she knew none of these things. But if she knew none of these things, I reason, she also wouldn’t know me.” At LitHub, Rachel Beanland explores whether or not family secrets are ever justified.

    Death
  3. Alia Volz

    Alia Volz is the author of the memoir Home Baked, My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco. In the book, Alia recounts her parents’ underground pot brownie business at the onset of the AIDS epidemic.

    Authors
    Alia Volz (Photo credit Dennis Hearne)
  4. Raising Race Conscious Children

    Educator Sachi Feris created Raising Race Conscious Children to support parents and teachers who are trying to talk about race and diversity with young children, with the aim of actively challenging racism. 

    Diversity
    Photo by mentatdgt
  5. The Dysfunction of Food

    Kim Foster’s James Beard Award-winning essay weaves together the themes of family, addiction, and fast food into a beautiful (and heartbreaking) narrative.

    Cooking
  6. What I Want to Know of Kindness

    As Devin Kelly recalls the death of his friend’s mom and how that spurred him to reconnect with his own mother, he reconsiders masculinity through the lens of grief and what we learn from suffering.

    Death
    County Kerry, Ireland.
  7. Mother’s Day Flower Exchange. 💐

    “I thought since I’m not able to celebrate Mother’s Day with my friends this year, why not still make it memorable by exchanging garden bouquets?  That’s when I got the idea for a Flower Exchange – where I drop off a bouquet from my garden and my friends give me one from their garden.”

    Family
  8. Grieving, but Calmed by a Different Kind of Storm

    In isolation, Stephanie Land finds surprising relief from PTSD — and discovers she is able to write again.

    Essay
    Photo courtesy of the author / Getty / Photo illustration by Longreads
  9. World Book Day

    World Book Day is a charity funded by publishers and booksellers in the UK and Ireland whose mission is to give every child a book of their own. Its website is a space to celebrate authors and illustrators, as well as reading for all ages.

    Authors
  10. Go Wild Inside – 17 Ways to Connect with Nature at Home

    On her blog Kids of the Wild Lucy normally likes to talk about how to get your kids outside more. However, there are also ideas for lockdown activities — including ways for children to connect with nature while staying inside.

    Commentary
  11. Wide Open School

    Built in a matter of days, Wide Open School is a collaboration between more than 25 educational organizations to help students learn through the COVID-19 crisis. You’ll find free online learning experiences for kids, curated by the editors at Common Sense.

    Academia
  12. Parents, Stop Freaking Out, Teachers Aren’t Perfect Either

    Angela Graham, a teacher, addresses the fears of parents who are new to homeschooling: “We are not perfect, and whatever school ends up looking like for your child the rest of this year, we don’t expect you to be perfect either.”

    Commentary
  13. The Scrappy Picture Schedule Might Save Us — Parenting in a Pandemic

    “And it also helped me, who needed direction to get through the otherwise shapeless day.” Heather Kirn Lanier shares how a picture schedule helped her and her daughter create structure in their day.

    Current Events
  14. Eulogy to my mother

    Alex Cochrane writes a eulogy for his mother, who lived a unique and incredible life: “The lives of both my parents wildly oscillated between disaster and triumph – a drunken lurch between palace and dosshouse.”

    Death
    Photo via adcochrane
  15. Mutha Magazine

    Mutha Magazine — for moms, mothers, and muthas — explores real-life motherhood, from every angle, at every stage.

    Essay