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You’re older and more mature. But your parents are just older.

Photos courtesy of the author


This Is Us

On having faith, and giving permission to let go

Illustration of a large bird spreading its wings. Light blue, yellow, and brown lines (with the dark blue background showing through) form ornate patterns on its feathers. Behind it float blue circles of various sizes that look like doilies.
Illustration of a large bird spreading its wings. Light blue, yellow, and brown lines (with the dark blue background showing through) form ornate patterns on its feathers. Behind it float blue circles of various sizes that look like doilies.
Illustration by Jacqueline Dooley


With our son out of the house, my husband and I provide our own teenage ambience

Low view of a teen doing a jump on a skateboard on the sidewalk.
Low view of a teen doing a jump on a skateboard on the sidewalk.
Photo: Daniel Wirtz/Unsplash


This Is Us

How I’m working to parent beyond ego and expectation

Child holding up a trophy against a sunset.
Child holding up a trophy against a sunset.
Photo: Bonita Cooke/Getty Images


This Is Us

The old me is gone, and I’m learning to let the light back in

Photo of a sunset taken from behind glass with rain drops on it. There are three trees in the foreground, silhouetted by the sun.
Photo of a sunset taken from behind glass with rain drops on it. There are three trees in the foreground, silhouetted by the sun.
Photo: Jacqueline Dooley


This Is Us

On the twee language of pregnancy and motherhood

Closeup shot of an person holding a sonogram in front of their pregnant belly.
Closeup shot of an person holding a sonogram in front of their pregnant belly.
Photo: PeopleImages/E+/Getty Images


This Is Us

The quiet, crushing weight of Alzheimer's

My Father and I near the end.


This Is Us

Four years later, it brings me joy to imagine the young woman Ana would be now

Photo: Joelynne Johnson/Getty Images


Wherein I, a childless woman, answer actual questions of actual children and possibly traumatize them for life

Black and white photo of a young boy holding a moon figure in his hands.
Black and white photo of a young boy holding a moon figure in his hands.
Photo: Jenny Dettrick/Getty Images


A series in which I answer the inane questions your children ask, but with a side of existential dread

Photo: Jasmin Merdan/Getty Images

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