When Being a Parent Makes You a Bad Person

World of Hurt

Michael Noll had to learn—the hard way—that raising children comes with the risk and the temptation of becoming a bad person.

It’s a Saturday, and Your Granny is Dying

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“Your dad sent you an e-mail asking if you had photos for the DVD they’ll play at the funeral; your aunt has asked you to go ahead and write her obituary. You don’t write it yet. You are absolutely incapable of writing about her in past tense.”

Things I Regret

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Tom Brechlin on taking things for granted, his father, and coming to terms with his biggest regret.

Adolescent Regrets: Call for Submission Due 7/13

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What do you regret from your teen years? If you could go back, what would you do differently?

Stolen: A Letter from a Prisoner Serving Life without Parole

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Spoon Jackson does not define himself as a murderer, but by what he has done in the days since. How do you see him?

Dear John: My Co-Worker Makes Me Feel Dirty

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A germaphobe coworker, a boyfriend who used to see escorts, and a regretful past of bullying.

3 Secrets to Dating the Single Co-Parenting Dad

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Single dads are fiercely committed to their little ones saying, by action and by word, “you are loved.”

How Feminism Screwed Up My Love Life

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Terri Trespicio’s personal memoir of how she accidentally conflated being strong with being single.

Open Thread: What Youthful Cruelty Do You Regret?

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You were a jerk sometimes when you were a kid. Which incidents still eat at you?

When A Divorce Makes a Better Dad

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GMP founder Tom Matlack reflects on the trials and triumphs of divorce on fatherhood

Dear Teenage Self: You Have Depression

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Ozy Frantz wants to go back in time and say “Just take the meds.”

Gay Married Dad Asks Whether He Should Come Out

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Dear Gay Dad Project: “If you could have it all done over, would you still have your father tell you he was gay?”

Open Thread: What One Thing In Your Past Would You Change?

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A life well-lived is filled with mistakes. Which would you change, and which would you not?

The Dream of Fondue

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Emerson wrote that a hero is no braver than any other man, but he is braver five minutes longer. Robert Barsanti suspects it is the same with successful marriages.

Beats the Alternative

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What makes it so hard to be old?

Love of the Imagined

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Tom Fiffer’s perspectives on the children in his life range from immersion to the hypothetical.