How we live together: the ‘life wives’

We’re on the same wavelength – it’s like she can read my mindZahra Jones, 40Amy and I have known each other for nearly 25 years. We met while working at Habitat in Chester; it felt like meeting a kindred spirit.

Dear New Moms, You Don’t Have To Do All The Things Or Please All The People

I was a brand-new mom, and my son, 4 months old at the time, had been sleeping horribly. He was a baby, so bad sleep is to be expected to some extent, but this kid seemed to be suddenly sleeping worse than he ever had, waking up every hour on the dot to...

A letter to… my little brother who passed away

‘I would have dropped everything, done anything for you’: the letter you always wanted to writeWhen anyone asks whether I have any siblings, I say I have a younger brother. Some people ask more questions about you. How old is he? What does he do? I answer:...

10 Hilariously Spot-On Quotes About Parenting from Celebrity Moms

Even the rich and famous aren’t immune to the craziness of motherhood.Celebrity moms—they’re just like us! At least when it comes to commiserating about the quirks of parenthood, that is. From Emily Blunt’s “exploding” breasts to Reese Witherspoon’s maternal “ticker tape,” here are some of the most amusing insights...

I have become far too close to my best friend

I know our friendship is too one-sided, but I cannot bear the thought of being without her. How do I maintain a healthier relationship?I met my best friend a year and a half ago. She’s fantastic and caring, but I feel I have become too reliant on...

Should all couples sleep apart?

Ford has invented a mattress that ‘nudges’ you if you start crowding your partner – but beds are for more than just sleepingIn the same week that a Kickstarter campaign was set up to fund the production of an interactive button encouraging partners to signal they are in the...

I’ve left my damaging childhood behind me, but why do I feel guilty?

You must delve into your own past, Mariella Frostrup tells a social worker who has no contact with her own familyThe dilemma I’m 28 and was born and raised in a northern mining town. I went to university quite late in life, trained to be a social worker...

Why Is My Family So Mean to My Daughter?

Care and Feeding is Slate’s parenting advice column. Dear Care and Feeding,I’m a single mom and my daughter is 4. She’s bright, funny, generous, and headstrong. Like most 4-year-olds, she occasionally cops some attitude, like shouting, “Everyone stop talking!” when she wants to say something....

All Your Friendship Questions, Answered

We constantly talk about our partners and our breakups, our marriages and our divorces. But friendship — its beginning, occasional end, and every problem in between — can be harder to pin down. Many of the readers who write to Heather Havrilesky, the writer behind the Cut’s advice column Ask Polly, are looking...

My husband left me and our kids and is now with another woman

A new relationship will long outlive – and swiftly obscure – the heartache you’ve been through, says Mariella FrostrupThe dilemma Eighteen months ago, my husband left me and our children, who were both under five. We had been through a rocky period, drifting apart a little. I put...

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