Katie Arnold-Ratliff is a journalist and editor whose writing has appeared in such publications as Slate, Time, Tin House, Salon, New York, the New York Times Book Review, Wired, The Believer, Poets & Writers, O, The Oprah Magazine, Parents, and Runners World. She is also the author of the novel Bright Before Us and the monthly books newsletter The Syllabus. A native Californian, Katie lives in New Jersey with her family, and can be found at katiearnold-ratliff.com.
Say Hello To The Real Rules Of Elf On The Shelf
Your step-by-step guide to the season’s most relentless task.
Hold Up: Why Does My TP Have A Scalloped Edge? Does Yours?
A very serious investigation.
You Just Got A Text Saying Your Kid Did Something Awful. What Now?
Some practical advice for handling this tricky (read: dreaded) situation.
4 Things To Normalize If You're An Introverted Parent Raising An Extrovert
You find large groups exhausting, but your kid is the life of the party. Recipe for disaster, or totally navigable? (Good news: It’s the second one.)
What Is Revenge Sleep Procrastination? Why Moms Stay Up Way Too Late, For One
On the self-defeating phenomenon of parental “RSP.”
Are You Raising A Misogynist?
The world is full of awful messages about women. Here’s how to help your kid avoid internalizing them.
How To Help Reluctant Readers: 8 Expert Tips To Get Your Kid Into Books
They might balk at the sight of a book — but that doesn’t mean you can’t stealthily instill a love of storytelling.
When It Feels Like Your Kid Is The Only One Who Does Something Weird
On the terror of feeling like your child is one in a million — in a bad way.
How To Raise Your Little Kid To Be A Great Teenager
What you can do now to help ensure your child will thrive later.
Why Are All Gray Hair Shampoos Purple? Inquiring Minds (& Hairs) Need To Know
What does “brassy” even mean? And why can’t going gray mean less work, not more? And is all this stuff just made up to sell us things we don’t need?
The Perimenopause Info You Need — And Likely Haven’t Heard
Ever felt like your torso was suddenly roasting under the devil’s heat lamp, though you’re “too young” to have hot flashes? If so, this one’s for you.
Can Kids Get Monkeypox? What Parents Should Know About The Viral Disease
Don’t panic — but do stay vigilant.
You Probably Don't Know The Mysterious History Of Postpartum Mesh Panties
Their origin story says a lot about society’s perception of female bodies.
8 Telltale Signs You’re Raising A Hypochondriac
And how to address their health anxiety.
What Am I Supposed To Do With All These Office Clothes Now?
A few options for your corporate wardrobe in the WFH era of Zoom.
The Secret Benefits Of Raising An Only Child
Sure, the lower daycare bills and lack of sibling squabbles are nice, but the research reveals even greater perks for singletons — and for their parents.
Help, I Can't Stop Playing The Office’s Addictive Mobile Game
Quit this time-wasting diversion? It’s just too hard. (That’s what she said.)
Is It Better To Be The Oldest Kid In Kindergarten Or The Youngest? Here’s What The Data Says
When you have the option to push your kid or hold them back a year, here’s what experts say is best.
The Hell Of Being Married To A Yes-Man
You might think a passive, go-along-to-get-along spouse would be swell. Not quite.
Is It Retail Therapy — Or A Real Problem?
If the big brown truck is making daily visits, it might be time for a gut check.