Katie Arnold-Ratliff

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.

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Are You Raising A Misogynist?

The world is full of awful messages about women. Here’s how to help your kid avoid internalizing them.

Important Info

Can Kids Get Monkeypox? What Parents Should Know About The Viral Disease

Don’t panic — but do stay vigilant.

Very Curious

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.

What To Know

7 Telltale Signs You’re Raising A Hypochondriac

And how to address their health anxiety.

WFH Woes

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.

One And Done

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.

Listen Up

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.

That's What She Said

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.)

School

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.

Oy Vey

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.

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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.

Haters gonna hate

I Don’t Limit My Kid’s Screen Time. Don’t @ Me.

Yes, I’ve read the recommendations. I just think they’re a little overblown.

it happens

How To Deal When A Friendship Fades

Friendships wither or end, especially when you become a parent. Here’s how to weather the loss.

swoon-worthy

When You Love Your Partner, But Have A Crush On Someone Else

Otherwise known as the Happily Coupled Crush.

Ughh

10 Signs It’s Time To Break Up With A Friend

Friendships can be affirming, joyful parts of our lives—or they can suck the life right out of us. Here are ten red flags you might be living through the latter.

Memories

The Never-Ending, Emotional Struggle Of Kid Clothes

A child’s ever-evolving wardrobe is a source of frustration—but it is possible to get your arms around it.

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Would Your Relationship Be Happier If You Slept Separately?

One in four couples sleep separately. Should you be one of them?

Truth Talk

Is My Kid Ready To Know I’ve Been Married Twice?

It’s a truth bomb I’m not sure I’m ready to drop on my son.

Kids

5 Red Flags That You’re Raising An Asshole

Worried you might be bringing yet another jerk into the world? Good news: That’s fixable.

FYI

Are You In A Toxic Relationship… With Yourself?

The qualities that make a person toxic to others can make them just as harmful to themselves. Here’s what to look for, and how to self-detox.