Motherhood Filter
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Readers Respond: Celebrating International Women’s Day 2020

    WordPress Discover readers honor the women in their lives.

    Diversity
    Photo by Jill Wellington
  5. What Does It Mean to Stand Up

    Tara Williamson reflects on the lives of Tina Fontaine and Colten Boushie and on how Canada’s systemic dehumanization of Indigenous people led to their needless deaths.

    Commentary
    Jade Tootoosis (Photo credit: Edmonton Journal)
  6. Mutha Magazine

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

    Essay
  7. Whatever Happened to ______ ?

    “Being a mother, a woman, a wife and a writer is different from being a writer-writer. It’s possibly more precarious.” This Longreads essay by an anonymous writer — which has gone viral — is about the struggle to write as a woman, a mother, and as the wife of another writer who is jealous of […]

    Abuse
  8. Years ago I trained to be a doula for the dying, a companion for those in the last stages of life, visiting an hour or so a week or a day. That did not prepare me for living with someone who tells me regularly she only has two weeks to live.  

    Family
  9. HeyMama: Building a Community of Working Mothers

    Through HeyMama, Amri Kibbler and Katya Libin have created a community of career-driven mothers.

    Business
    Photography courtesy of HeyMama.
  10. The Possessed: Dispatches from the Third Trimester

    “The impulse to see pregnancy as a sci-fi curiosity turns pregnant people into something that is not human, or at least adds an asterisk to their humanity.” In this longread, Sara Fredman writes about pregnancy, demons, and Stranger Things.

    Essay
  11. Cut From the Same Cloth

    “For all I say I’m envious of my daughter’s freedoms, perhaps the older woman has more leeway, more agency.” Artist Myfanwy Tristram was irritated by her teenage daughter’s extreme fashions — until she took an illustrated journey into their origins.

    Art
  12. Raising Mothers

    Literary magazine Raising Mothers was created “by and for femme identifying and NBPOC writers who parent” and is different from other publications, as it focuses on raising mothers, particularly those of color.

    Diversity
  13. Alanis Morissette

    Check out music, tour dates, and listen to the latest “Conversation With” podcast episode at the personal site of Canadian rocker Alanis Morrisette.

    Feminism
  14. Respect the Intelligences of Kids with Intellectual Disabilities

    Thoughts from Heather Kirn Lanier, who is the mother of Fiona, a child with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome: “They are treated, in other words, like banks, where the teacher deposits information and then, at a later date, requests that the information be returned back.”

    Family
  15. “Perhaps one of the strangest sensations I’ve encountered, poised on the brink of motherhood, is the fact that even though I am reading copiously about babies and parenthood, I don’t know anything more than I did before.”

    Commentary