Thao Thai

Thao Thai is a writer and editor based out of Ohio, where she lives with her husband and daughter. Her work has been published in Kitchn, Eater, Cubby, The Everymom, cupcakes and cashmere, and other publications. Her debut novel, Banyan Moon, comes out in 2023 from HarperCollins.


It’s So Hard To Watch Your Kid Cry Over A Frenemy

Some lessons they have to learn themselves — but you can help, too.


Forget #BestSummerEver. I'm All About A Mediocre (At Best) Summer.

My expectations have sunk very, very low.

Emoji Zodiac

Here's What Your Most-Used Emoji Says About You As A Parent

Hey, that’s me! 🤣: The Marginally Cooler Millennial

Perfectly Imperfect

My House is Kind of Falling Apart — And I'm Okay with That

Home is where the broken stuff is.

Game On

I Used To Be Over-The-Top Competitive. I Won't Raise My Daughter That Way.

My sweet daughter may have a slumbering bear of competitiveness inside of her.


My Buy Nothing Group Is the Parent Support Group I Didn’t Know I Needed

It’s a new kind of inheritance, one that moves not through a single family, but through a community.

Bright Futures

Why Do We Ask Kids What They Want To Be When They Grow-Up, Anyway?

I still haven't figured it out.


What Happened When I Found The Most Powerful Tool For Parenting

What I began to understand is silence was a kind of magic-making.


Why I Won’t Be Teaching My Daughter To Be A “Good Sport”

It’s not her job to smile and keep the peace.


I Stopped Smiling During The Pandemic, And It Feels Great

Turns out: the constant act of smiling can really wither your soul to dry little ashes.